Education is a process of perpetual learning. It's a perennial source of gaining knowledge, values, beliefs and skills. "Knowledge is Power" a conventional proverb clearly manifests the significance of Knowledge in context of being the nub of education. However, this certainly doesn't slump the importance of values that Education accords.
Values based education forges an atmosphere which enhances our effective social relationship with people and the environment. Values are eternal principles which aid's us to decide whether something is good or bad, right or wrong. It indicates our awareness, commitment, dedication and perseverance in order to procure sustainable future. There are five basic types of values - Human Values, Social Values, Cultural and Religious Values, Ethical Values and Spiritual Values.
Human values refers to the convictions that people adopt in their daily routines. These values are usually inherited by the parents. We probably I learn more of these values from teachers, friends, society at large viz. honesty, discipline, tranquility, justice, generosity etc. Social Values imparts regulations for proper social conduct. Values such as equality, fraternity, democracy, tolerance, patriotism, feminism and pluralism. Cultural and Religious Values are more of self-interest. Culture defines our perception of the world. Religion defines our approach towards the world. Having said that, we may also choose not to follow our religion or follow it till certain extent. Few eminent personalities viz. Swami Vivekananda, Sri Aurobindo, Ram Mohan Roy practiced hefty religious values. Ethical Values are concerned with one's profession particularly depicting Integrity and commitment. Spiritual Values specifies values of truth, love and peace. These values can't b fostered or taught. They must be evoked within ourselves. They represent humanity supremely.
Values deliver uniformity among social groups. They engender a sense of belonging to the society. They aim to integrate individualistic approach and social action. Consider the recent incident that occurred in Kashmir due to the aftermath of the killing of the militant, Burhan Wani. Over 50,000 people assembled to mourn his death and joined his funeral procession. 22 were killed in clashes with Police and Army forces. One of the reasons, of this unrest is lack of awareness, lack of social values and human values. Education should definitely plant 'values' among individuals. With 356 million 10-24 years old, India has the largest youth population. The youth is the future of this Nation. Making them fully aware of Social Values might make them contribute towards a highly sustainable future environment. Values are roots of the individuals; they must be nurtured throughout lifetime by everyone enduring between fledgling and mature. I reckon every institution in this country shall add Value Education as a subject in it's curriculum through it's association with their respective Board of Education viz. CBSE, ICSE etc.
I strongly agree to CS Lewis who once quoted "Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a cleverer devil". I certainly believe, if every person envisages the essence of Values and Education; every issues and obstacles would be sorted out with utmost peace and serenity.
- Priyansh Verma