What would the world be like if 100 people lived on earth? Inequalities would be crystal clear and borders would be stable in their discrepancies.
The majority would be aged 25-54, Asian, and would speak mainly Chinese. 86 could read and write, 14 could not. 87 would have access to clean water, 13 would not; 77 people would have a shelter, 23 would not. The most interesting number, and sadly so, is that only 7 people would have attended college. A vast majority, 93 out of 100, would not have attended any college or university.
These data urge a reflection, as they show that many of the rights we got accustomed to are anything but granted. Access to university is not an automatic step, whether this be due to high fees (this problem became prominent in the US and UK recently), or for insufficient scholarship.
The rate of graduates is still inadequate in many countries and this impacts the economy, because there is a lack of the required skills to follow change with the adaptive attitude our time needs.
How to drive change? This is neither a easy task, nor immediate. But there is something we can do. We can encourage students, those who are taking their final high school exam right in these days, to continue studying, focusing in the topics they like the most.
School can train to resilience, helping students listening to others and to themselves. In principle, they must listen to their dreams.
Only by following one’s passions and attitudes can we generate a positive impact to change, changing as a consequence the painful data reported before. With no fear, but with dedication.