June 13, 2014

Travelling as a Means of Education

Travelling as a Means of Education

English Essay on "Travelling as a Means of Education"

Education facilitates learning and learning is a life long process. Our holy Prophet has instructed us to try to learn from the cradle to the grave. This only shows the importance of learning and education. There are many ways of learning such as through books, through lectures, through discourses, through experiences, through trial-and error method and so on.
Travelling has been one of the means of education since the days far so back that we cannot imagine. in those days of yore, means of communication were totally absent. There were no schools to impart knowledge, no books to tell people things they did not know, no newspapers and other facilities of communication. Only travelling as a means of getting knowledge was known to people and that too was dangerous to perform through jungles, deserts, hills and terrains. Wild beasts and other killers infested the jungles. Dacoits, high-way-men, pindaris and thugs were lurking about everywhere and there were no roads, no paths and no tracts to facilitate travelling.4essay.blogspot.com Still people dared to travel in order to learn.
As civilization advanced, people desired more and more to know about far off countries, their people, their civilization and their customs and traditions. There are examples of daring persons who endured the hardships and the dangers of travelling to get knowledge. Pythagoras travelled to Egypt to learn new thoughts Ibne Batuta travelled from country to country to get firsthand knowledge about them. Masoodi, the great Arab historian, also travelled far and wide. Fabian, Hiuen Tsang, Marco Polo, and Horodotus, etc arc examples of persons who underwent the pains and frets of travelling to learn and later to communicate to us what they had learnt.
Travelling goes a long way to broaden our out-look, to enrich us with experiences and widen our narrow angle of vision. The great poet Ghalib realizing the educative value of travelling has said, “The narrowness of your mind and heart may be remedied through excessive sights and vista”.
What Ghalib wants to convey to us is that seeing various sights, spectacles, people, things, cultures and civilizations the narrowness of out-look gives way to better understanding. It broadens outlook and widens angle of view. In fact, a traveler conies in touch with different natural features, people, tastes, cultures, custom, traditions, views, civilizations, styles of life, styles of building and other such things that make him wiser, more liberal, more informed, and more accommodative. The narrowness of his thoughts wears away the begins to appreciate others. He gets acquainted with new ideas, new ways of approaching things, and new ways of doing things. He brings to his country new things invented abroad, new ideas, new culture and civilization.
Books do not convey all knowledge about geography, civilization, custom etc, and it is travelling that supplements the bookish knowledge. Had lbne Batuta not under-taken his journey we would have been ignorant of the custom followed in different countries by people, by monarchs and traders. Who could have known the wonders of (he court of the emperor of China if Marco Polo would have remained at home? it is through Fahian that we get the glimpse of the court of Chandra-Gupt Muriya and the ancient India. Had he not taken the trouble of travelling, the custom, traditions and history of those days would have gone with the time. Had Masoodi not visited Sind, Who could have known about Mansoora, and Deebal.

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