by Eveline
(Hamburg, Germany)

Some people say that the education system is the only critical factor in the development of a country. To what extend to you agree or disagree with this statement?

It is difficult to understand how to enhance the development of a country, because this is a very complex issue and many different factors play a role. The most important one is the level of education among a population, as will be explained in the following paragraphs.

Of course, education is not the only determinant of a country's progress. Other factors such as the location of a country should not be neglected, because it determines the resources of a country. Some countries may benefit economically from tourism, if they are located next to the sea or have beautiful mountainous landscapes. Other use their mineral resources to facilitate their mining industry or are able to establish a profitable agriculture due to fertile soils. However, in order to use these benefits helping a country to develop, professional knowledge is necessary.

The educational system not only provides skilled professionals it also determines the quality of education and who has access to it. Both factors are important for the development of a country as well. In developing countries, girls usually are not allowed attending a school because of cultural reasons, although scientific evidence has shown that countries, in which girls and women have access to education, have a better chance to develop. An educated female population is in line with a better health status that possibly affects development efforts in a positive way. In addition, it allows women to become economically independent and enables them to contribute to the economic growth of a country.

In conclusion, although education is not solely responsible for the progress in becoming a more developed country, I strongly agree that its missing would make it impossible, since almost everything in terms of development relies on it.

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