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Training exercise – does education widen thinking?

If I look back at some of our parents and grandparents who never went through formal education yet they were smart with organized minds. If our grandparents, for example, didn’t have an organised mind, we wouldn’t be where we are now. But they were organized in the way they brought up our mums and dads.

Education widens thinking, but still there are educated people without organized minds. For example, even though they are educated, some politicians do not have the ability and capability of making a difference or adding value to the lives of the people they lead. They may say they’ll do one thing yet they intend to do the other and at the end of the day they end up doing none.

Many educated politicians without organized minds, irrespective of the age, lack the vision to see the problems the society is facing and provide long term solutions, yet they went to school to widen their views. Others get involved in abusive and violent acts that you end up losing respect for them.


This opinion is by Acen Mercy, a graduate of “Module I: Understanding Poverty in Rural Uganda” of the CPAR Uganda “Mentoring Young Adults into Innovators Against Poverty in Rural Uganda” project. Acen expressed her opinion in reaction to the assertion: “People who have tested education have a certain way in which they have an organised mind,”  by the Chairman of Oledai Village in Ngora District, as published in the blog post, “Unemployed youth,” on the Challenging Categories website. Acen graduated in 2018 with a Bachelors Degree in Agribusiness Management from Makerere University Kampala. She hails from Kwania District in Lango Sub-Region in Northern Uganda.

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