Education: A Driving Force for Success

By now, we should all know the power and importance of education. It is crucial not only in children’s development but in preparation for different endeavors requiring care and attention.

Many fields – one cornerstone

Learning has proved to bring progress and development to humanity since the start of our species. We learn and we improve because the moment we stop doing it we will get stuck in the same place and stop driving forward.

While it is clear that education is the core of personal development, economic progress, and fuel of empowerment, inspiration, and dreams we often forget it is of equal importance to almost all ventures.

Learning in advance helps individuals get a better understanding of the subject and what they should expect. Learning from mistakes (because they are unavoidable), on the other hand, helps them to not make them again and understand what went wrong.

And this goes for projects of various kinds – education offers a helping hand in preparation, personal, and professional improvement.

Volunteering can go wrong

Long-term volunteering is more complex than most people think. A lot of things can go wrong unless participants are adequately prepared for what to expect and the tasks they will have to undertake.

The common attitude towards the act of volunteering is “I will go help the poor people, they need me and my knowledge – I have a good intention so I am ready to start doing good”. This attitude hides numerous hazards for everyone involved in the volunteering project and this is precisely why education in the form of training and preparation is the key to a success in these types of projects.

Game-changing factors

It is paramount to remember that as a volunteer you are going to a foreign country with a completely different culture, customs, and way of doing things. The experts are the inhabitants of the country who know the community in and out. No matter what type of skills you have and how good you can do things there is no one else who knows best what is needed and what the priorities are but the people who have lived there all their lives.

This is just one example of how education can help you do a better job at a volunteer project and avoid doing more harm than good. What is the point of trying to help if the people at the project country will have to redo everything after you or you create something which they have no need or use for?

Understanding global affairs, political science, sustainable development methods, and, of course, volunteer ethics are things that are not taught in school but are vital for volunteering project success. Education in this field is not only good to have but essential if you want to make sure you will be doing something valuable while volunteering.

The most powerful tool

Education is humanity’s most powerful tool. It is a human right and public responsibility that can empower people, protect the planet, build prosperity, and strengthen peace.

Despite being strong on its own the power of learning shines even brighter when applied to different areas – a fact we should go back to every once in a while

A structured gap year can be just what you need.


Lindersvold is an international learning center that facilitates courses in community development and certification in non-traditional pedagogy. Our Center provides an opportunity to learn about the big issues of our time while preparing to assist community-driven projects in Zambia, Malawi or Mozambique. We believe in combining hands-on training with theoretical knowledge, alongside community living, gives students the best foundation for working with sustainable development and vulnerable youth.

Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy, and sustainable human development 

Kofi Annan

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