Our goal is to change the world through education. It may sound idealistic, but this is precisely our mission. It is what motivates the work of everyone at the Mekelle institute of technology (MIT) — from faculty and staff, to students and alumni, to our partners and supporters. It inspires our teaching and our research. It fuels our work with teachers, principals, and leaders in education both here and across the globe.
We are driven by the belief that every child deserves a high-quality education and that educational opportunity is a basic human right. Regardless of where a child is born, who his parents are, the color of her skin, whether he can see or hear, or whether she sleeps in a mansion or a shelter: that child deserves a high-quality education. Providing ample educational opportunities is one of the most fundamental obligations each generation owes to the ones that follow.
We are witnessing an intersection of great challenge and great opportunity. At the moment, far too many students lack access to a high-quality education; still others are unable to achieve their full potential. Our classrooms were designed for the 19th century, while technology continues to evolve at a dizzying pace. And much too often, ideology and politics trump evidence and common sense, making it difficult to have honest conversations about the best ways to fix what is broken in education. That is the challenge.
At the same time, we have tools available today that were unimaginable a generation ago, in the form of learning technologies and new insights into how the brain develops and functions, which together could change the very nature of teaching and learning. Education also has the full attention of the world. All across the globe, individuals, organizations, and governments recognize that education is the defining issue of our time, crucial to everything from personal opportunity and social mobility to world peace and prosperity. And there is a fierce hunger for reliable evidence about what works, creative solutions to long-standing problems, and strong leaders who can enact transformation change in schools and school systems. That is the opportunity.