From the report findings it is clear that education is touted as the key to success because it opens up people’s minds to new ideas, and brings understanding of concepts and perspectives that work to improve their lives and those around them. The dictatorship in Malawi undermined education efforts because of the widespread corruption and disregard of public service.
As the paper stresses political awareness is advanced by education because the needs and wants for society are easily understandable to the literate than to the illiterate. Democracy is only feasible in a country where the population is educated thus, putting it in a position to understand the benefits of democracy over other institutions of governance. Education makes people aware of their rights both at an individual and national level, which makes them aware of their unique position of holding their governments accountable and answerable for their actions. Political awareness in Malawi was long suppressed through an indirect suppression of education in the country because the political elite knew the power of education. Banda knew that largely literate population would not condone his style of leadership and his popularity as the leader for life would diminish. This can be exhibited by the fact that the few who got a chance to get an education rose up or were intolerant of Banda’s tyranny, and they fled the country for fear of persecution. Education is the path to enlightenment including political and social awareness in Malawi and in any other country in the world. ...Show more