Youth Can Completely Transform the World
One of six key topics discussed at the Summer Peace Summit related to the role of education in preservation of peace. Vanda Gagiano, Honorary President of the Free State Women's Agricultural Union, emphasizes that the voices of young people serve as a powerful tool in improvement of the society’s life. According to her, adults, especially women as mothers, play a fundamental role in children’s upbringing. The future of our planet depends much on them. Ms. Gagiano herself pays much attention to carrying out projects on preservation of culture and development of educational system.
Vanda Gagiano - Honorary President of the Free State Women's Agricultural Union in South Africa
Within the ‘Education in Preservation of Peace’ session, participants of the Summer Peace Summit discussed the necessity to focus women’s efforts primarily on children and young people. Today, it is important to ensure the rising generation’s better future. It is necessary to remember that not school but everything that surrounds young people in their lives influence their worldviews. Vanda Gagiano told about that in detail in her report. Her ideas and thoughts echoed positively among the participants of the Summit who were women from different countries of the world.
According to Vanda Gagiano, every person makes his or her contribution to development of the world. One of the most important duties of adults is to bring up the rising generation with proper values. The way what the future world will be like depends on it. Adults can not only instill certain qualities in children but also form their thinking, give an impetus to their growth, and provide them with necessary knowledge and resources.
“We need a clear vision of what we want the next generation to be, how we can mould and shape them, inspire them to contribute to preservation and development of peace”, believes Ms. Gagiano. She is convinced that the rising generation must become a role model and the source of inspiration for children. That is why adults must always responsibly approach to what they are doing.
Genetic inheritance has a huge impact on what the child grows into. However, we should not underestimate the significance of the roles of education, family, and positive role models in the process of children’s upbringing.
According to Vanda Gagiano, education should inspire young people’s constant self-development, self-analysis, and fulfilment of their potential for the sake of society. At the same time, it is important to ensure that educational process is built on the principles of mutual understanding. In this case, both teachers and students will feel needed and heard.
Ms. Gagiano emphasizes that modern young people want changes and are ready for them. Adults can learn much from their children. For example, to be less conservative, master the so-called ‘future skills’, and not to be afraid to change their lives.
“We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power to good ends”, believes Ms. Gagiano.
Youth and children form about 40% of the world’s population. They are talented, educated, and confident people with their opinions and active civic and life positions. They have already managed to achieve certain social changes by means of establishing non-profit organisations, participation in social projects, and formation of volunteering movements.
“To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, it is critical to mobilise the youth, and involving them is not just the correct thing to do, but it is the strategic thing to do”.
Adults have extensive life experience and useful knowledge that must be transferred to children in order they could rely on the accumulated resources for further development of the society. In addition, it is necessary for the older generation to teach the young one to believe in themselves, share their wisdom, and create favourable material conditions for youth’s fulfilment.
“Let us plant ‘mind-seeds’ and watch them grow into spectacular giant trees, providing shade to the garden or community through businesses and careers, by extending helping hands or branches of support to those who are jobless, needy, orphaned and poor”, urges Ms. Gagiano.
“Let us look with pride at their purposeful splendour knowing that we helped cultivate it by digging up the ground of their intellect and watering it with knowledge so that they will become what we taught them”, she finished. Vanda Gagiano emphasized that the history will judge people by the difference they had made in the everyday lives of their children. The reason is that children are the future of the planet.
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Viktoria Yezhova, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community
Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov