The Role of Education in National Development (2)

edited November 2021 in Academic Guide

Let's take some time to share some significance of education in the development of nation countries. Feel free to read along or skip to any section using the below outline.


A. Education Definition and Brief Background

B. Education and National Development

C. Global Innovation Index (GII)

D. Action Points

E. Terms, References and Further Readings

This post is a continuation of a previous one. Feel free to check it out here.


The GII is a co-initiative of Cornell University-b, INSEAD-c and WIPO-d . The index covers over 80 analysis indicators that explore a broad spectrum of innovation, including environment, political, education, and infrastructure & business sophistication. According to the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2019 published in the Statistics Times, Finland (6th ) and Singapore (8th ) rank among the top ten countries leading the innovation rankings. On the other hand, countries such as Mali, Algeria and Nigeria with the 112th, 113th and 114th positions respectively will do well by considering placing more importance and commitment to Quality education-1 as explained in the United Nations SDGs.

It is noteworthy that though Singapore has few natural resources on which to rely, her enviable growth and economic prowess among other nations is largely traceable to her commitment to human capital development hinged mainly on qualitative education structures and systems. A similar can be said of Finland in Europe, having one of the best education systems in the world.

Hence, nations who seek remarkable national development despite scarce natural resources will learn from countries like Finland (Europe) and Singapore (Asia).


In closing, how do you suppose that we could all improve the contributions of education to national development while leaving no stones unturned?

Here are my own suggestions:

I. Individual organizations, corporations, as well as public and private institutions should be sensitized on the need to prioritize and contribute substantially to educational funding, research and development across all education levels.

II. Educational stakeholders: education ministries, educators, parents and students should be better enlightened on the critical role of quality education in intellectual and human capacity development. and;

III. Organizations-2 across boards to take on several quality educational development projects and initiatives either as social business enterprises or corporate social responsibilities (CSRs); a tool for national growth and development.

All three among others shall help contribute immensely to the growth and economic development of nation-states around the world.



  1. Quality Education: As defined in the United Nation’s SDGs
  2. Organizations: sole-proprietorships, partnerships, limited liabilities etc.


a. MWD: Merriam Webster’s Dictionary

b. Cornell University:

c. INSEAD: Institut Européen d'Administration des Affaires

d. WIPO: World Intellectual Property Organization

Further readings:

1. Global Innovation Index (GII)

2. United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) No. 4 – Quality Education

3. Educare and Educere: Is a Balance Possible in the Educational System?

Thanks for reading. It's time to take the discussion further in the comments box. Cheers to national development.

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