Happy National Education Day, fellas! Let us all take a moment to be thankful for the quality of education that has brought us to where we are today.
Many Indonesian in the past did not quite have the privilege and access for good education like what we enjoy today, but that did not stop them to become intellectuals. Some even contributed to bring the end to the occupation in Indonesia. Therefore, I’d like to make today’s session a tribute to our national heroes by sharing their famous quotes that are related to education.
P.S.: I translated some of them from the original ones which are in Bahasa Indonesia, so feel free to correct the translation if it’s wrong.
“Learning without thinking is useless, but thinking without learning is very dangerous!” – Soekarno, first President of Indonesia.
“I’d volunteer to go to prison, as long as there are books, because with books I am free.” – Mohammad Hatta, first Vice-President of Indonesia.
“Only with education will we build our nation.” – Dewi Sartika, founder of the first school for women.
“The purposes of education are to sharpen our wits, strengthen our will, and soften our senses.” – Tan Malaka, politician and activist.
“Advancing in civilization requires advancing in both intelligence and character growth.” – Kartini, women’s rights activist.
“Make a teacher out of everyone and a school out of every place.” – Ki Hajar Dewantara, first Minister of National Education of Indonesia and the national hero whose birthday we celebrate as National Education Day.