Education – the process of facilitating learning, and the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, beliefs, and habits – leading to personal and social growth and development and the opening up of economic opportunities and overcoming barriers, irrespective of age, language, creed, culture, religion, region.
VULA Annual Report 2017
Education has the power to change a life – and ergo to change many lives. “We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference.” Nelson Mandela There is a growing demand in our country for this change. Learners need to gain the knowledge and skills required for success in the 21st Century. But providing access to education is only the beginning. The challenge is to ensure advancement: as people are enabled, they make measurable progress in their lives and in their careers through learning, improving their way of life as well as their social and economic status. Knowledge gained through effective learning enables each and every individual, transforming from the inside outwards, changing mind sets and personalities, providing opportunities, promoting confi dence levels and ultimately creating a constructive experience of life. An educated person becomes a good citizen in society. And so investment in improving education creates a better world for us all.
“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” Malala Yousafzai
Change through education is the tool.
VULA @ Hilton College is such a tool.
I urge you to read through this 2017 VULA Annual Report to find out what we are doing, what we are achieving and how lives are being changed through this extraordinary programme. Follow this link to view the VULA videos on our website: find out for yourself the impact of VULA on the lives of the people in our community. The success of this intervention speaks for itself.
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in
the service of others” Mahatma Gandhi
The challenges remain, there is no doubt. But we are indeed fortunate that with our community of teachers, parents, students, government authorities, institutions and businesses, we can in our own way fi nd some of the answers and implement some of the solutions. VULA @ Hilton College attracts a phenomenal group of people, people who are impassioned and empowered and are determined to make that meaningful difference.
We salute you and we remain hugely appreciative for the input, support, encouragement, funding, expertise and advice from our community. All of this sustains and enables VULA @ Hilton College, and allows this exceptional educational project to continue to develop and grow.
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life
by what we give.” Winston S. Churchill
As involved and concerned citizens, we have the opportunity and the responsibility to reach out to others and become involved in our communities, to develop, grow and nurture the change that our country needs. It is up to each one of us to engage constructively.
“One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.” John F. Kennedy
As VULA @ Hilton College is a tool for change, so too is educating our children to be the adults of tomorrow a tool for change in society.
There is a profound responsibility that comes with education. Thus it is the very advantages of our education and the advances we experience that reflect directly back onto us. These relevant learner outcomes demand that we become involved and change the bigger picture – the concept of social development is a fundamental pillar of education. And so too at Hilton College.
The challenge once more is to ensure that education is about more than facts and figures. The objective is the development of young people with a social conscience, who are aware of the state of the world, who have the ability to come to grips with the challenges of society, who are enabled as thinking individuals and who inherently treat their fellow human beings with humility, compassion and understanding. They have the ability to lift others, the life skills to grow to be responsible citizens, to live good lives and make the world a better place.
“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” Desmond Tutu
Education does indeed have the power to change a life – and ergo to change many lives. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela
Dale ten Hope
Chair: Community Projects sub-committee
The Hiltonian Society NPC