Education, an important component in youth development
Education, is a secondary socializing factor in the development of children and youth. It is a critical intervention that allows a society to have skilled resources to propel its physical, intellectual, technical and cohesive development.
What is education?
Education is more than books
Education is critical
"Education involves the: • Imparting of knowledge • Development of abilities by the student/learner to analyse, reason and make judgements based on material to which they have been introduced; • Use of information received for preparing oneself or others for mature life" (UWI, 2016. p.62).
Youth Development Workers must understand the importance of facilitating and ensuring that young people access the pathways needed to gain opportunities in eduction (UWI, 2016).
Sociological Perspectives in Education
The functionalist view is very popular. It speaks to the social institutions in society working and interconnecting towards the positive good of the entire society/nation.
The conflict view sees education as an elitist method of domination, with several hidden desires including gender propagation, segregating based on test scores.
The “education system is the social institution that formally socialises members of our society” (Schaefer, 2006 p. 343 in UWI, 2016)
The Caricom Commission’s report on the situational analysis of youth in the Caribbean states that education is critical and no cost can be too great for the development of people.
Scheafor stated “the most basic manifest function of education is the transmission of knowledge” (2006, p. 343 as cited in UWI, 2016. p. 65). The education system teaches numeracy and literacy skills and prepares persons for the workforce and participation in society,
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