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Education – Earlier and Now  

img_1358.jpgEducation is the wealth of knowledge acquired by a person through studying different subject matters or experiencing profound life lessons. Life lessons more often help us to understand and experience areas of human life that has not been discussed or learnt during the years of schooling. Many people also gain knowledge reading books and by practice. There are so much of differences between the new education methods from the old education methods.

The old education method was Gurukula System, learning that takes place through listening and following the life of the Guru. New education methods are learning in classes, online studies and tutors and more. Old education method was also called as the traditional learning method. Gurukulam was a residential schooling system. The students lived with the Guru (teacher).

The Shisya learnt from Guru and helped the guru in his everyday life, which includes doing household works. Furthermore it inculcated self-discipline among students. The guru does not receive or accept any fees from the student who is studying. The relationship between the guru and shisya was very respectful.

At the end of Gurukula the student gives, something to the teacher called gurudakshana. It’s a traditional way of respect and thanking the guru.  The modern education is mostly online based. Online education is most effective. Over those years education has taken up several forms. The current education is also combined with technology. The introduction of information technology has bought a new way of learning through internet. E-learning is one of the new forms of education.

What is online education? Online education is a type of educational instruction that is delivered through any internet accessible equipment like computer, mobile phones etc. Online courses have become popular. The online courses mainly started for those people who cannot directly attend classes or who are working otherwise. They may not have much time to read books and do writing in the traditional way. Through online courses the students get certificates from reputed institutions and universities.

Earlier people didn’t have much job opportunities as they have now. In anient times people mostly did cultivation and farming. Today the job market has become very competitive. Today is once desire to get a good job, one must acquire proper qualifications. Those qualifications are deemed by the employer as essential to satisfy performance in the job. Nelson Mandela once said “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. Either old or new, education is one of the most needed things in the world. Education gives us knowledge. It develops in us to look at life in a new way. It helps us to build opinions and have points of view on things in life. People debate over the subject of education which is the only way that gives knowledge. It’s not about the lessons of text books, but about lessons of life.

Niveka Kunanayagam

Facilitator- Computer