I would like to believe that Rizal’s philosophy on youth and education is nevertheless true: The youth is the hope of our motherland.
To realize this formula, certain significant factors need to and must be considered. These factors involve mutual participation between the beneficiary (the youth) and the benefactors (external factors). Mutualism is the key; meaning give and take. Both should take part to obtain a reciprocal benefit. The beneficiary definitely plays a crucial role for the accomplishment of the goal; likewise, the benefactors perform an exclusive function for its attainment, that when blocked or distorted by any physical and external factors may mean disparity to the relationship between the two involved.
Consequently, in order to fulfill our National Hero’s conviction, it is but fitting that both factors involve will and must cooperate, collaborate and respond to this call. It is not only the task of our government to give full and quality education to its youth; the youth also must take responsibility in satisfying this right.
Of course, in every issue there have always been two sides. In this case, there have been stories in favor for the youth and those in favor with the government. This issue is inevitable considering our present national capacity to provide this right. The concerned (let me use this word to address to people who stand up for their rights) asks for a quality education they need and they deserve. Their stress is on education as a right rather than a privilege. This is so true because no way can and will education be a privilege but in fact a right. The argument of the other side is, people (in this case, the youth) must take pride of their rights such as the right to education. People would therefore acknowledge their being Filipinos and be competent on how to grab this right considering the government’s obligation to fulfill such responsibility. Again, the argument to contradict the latter is, no matter how much effort these concerned youth exert if the barrier is as concrete as steel then such an effort may all be put to waste…and the arguments continue…and it shall never end. It’s a cycle. If these arguments raised continue, then it will only lead to at pointing each other the blame on who says right and who says more.
An immediate solution to this quest has always been a problem, I attest to that. However, my suggestion would be to maintain a give-and-take relationship to obtain harmony. To be fair with the government, we, the youth, must take pride such a right to education – of course, it is our right. Because our government cannot afford to educate us but once, let us not waste such an opportunity. Instead, let us use such chance to further enhance our holistic development as individuals and as responsible citizens of our country. Instead of pointing fingers at each other, may we point those fingers on our own heads. May it aid us think for a productive move to all our actions.
Now that the academic year is about to open, may we not forget that Rizal had great plans for us, youth, and for our motherland.