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Student Article: Education

15 February 2021

As part of an International Day activity, Year 10 student, Kyeong-Min, wrote an article on her thoughts on education. Kyeong-Min moved from Korea and joined BIS Abu Dhabi in Year 4, when she only spoke basic English, so it is a huge testament to her efforts to product such an excellent piece of writing.

Read her article below.

  • Kyeong-Min

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world", said Nelson Mandela.

I have learnt many skills from my past 10 years of education; I have gained the ability and confidence to express my own views and opinions, and I have learnt to question things rather than to believe everything I hear. I believe what I have learnt from education is something that no one can take away from me, unlike how materialistic objects like money can be taken away. Once gained, knowledge is something that's entirely yours to keep, developing your thoughts and ideas in life, and I think this is really important to keep in mind.

Education also helps us see the world through clearer lenses. Before I learnt about the first world war, if I had visited the Versailles Palace, it would have just been another fancy landmark; however, because I know the history, if I visit the Versailles Palace now, it would mean something to me. I would see it for what crucial event took place in it, and how it impacted the world we live in now. In the same way, before I learnt languages like Arabic, Spanish and French, these foreign words like "مدرسة", "felicidad" or "aujourd'hui" would be nothing more than scribbles of lines; but because I can read and understand these languages, I can see that they convey the meanings "school", "happiness" and "today". In so many ways, education helps me see the world with a wider perspective. 

My favourite part of education is that I am taught things from people who are passionate about them. My teachers have a huge impact on how I perceive things, and often they play a key role in a student's life. They can impact my views on things because if they're the first to tell me about something I have never learnt, their opinions and thoughts will seep into my brain, influencing me. I believe I have wonderful teachers who are able to expose me with ideas and topics that I would otherwise not have come into contact with. They have expanded my interests and pushed me to do better, and I am very grateful for this. 

I value the diversity of my education. Living in the UAE and receiving education at an international school, I have had access to many more subjects than I would have back in my home country, such as Modern Foreign Languages (Spanish, French, Arabic), Drama, World History, and many other subjects. I also learn amongst students from all around the world, helping me grow as an open-minded individual. Furthermore, the environment in which I have been educated has caused me to love learning. This is what I value most. Some students, despite having a high quality of education, do not enjoy the process of learning -I am proud to say that I love to learn and study, because not all students can say this truthfully. 

In the long-run, education will open up many opportunities for me, whether that be my university qualifications or my career path. I hope to keep as many paths open as possible but at the same time, focus on what I am most passionate about studying, and what makes me happy. 

Kyeong-Min, Year 10 student