Nhân sự kiện chuỗi Triển lãm Giáo dục Quốc tế VNIS - Mùa Thu 2016, nhằm tạo điều kiện cho các bạn trẻ độ tuổi từ 13 đến 22 có cơ hội thể hiện bản thân, khơi dậy kỹ năng sáng tạo thông qua các bài viết. Từ ngày 25/8 đến ngày 5/9/2016 VNIS Education tổ chức cuộc thi viết luận với chủ đề “Cùng VNIS Xây Dựng Tương Lai – I Build My Future”. Chúng tôi muốn qua chương trình này gửi tới các bạn trẻ thông điệp về sự phát triển tương lai thông qua con đường học tập.
Sau đây là Bài dự thi đã đoạt giải Nhì của cuộc thi đến từ bạn Nguyễn Trần Thục Trâm (sinh năm 1998 đến từ TP. Hồ Chí Minh).
DON’T TAKE ANYTHING FOR GRANTED
“Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted.”
This is how Leonardo DiCaprio ended his speech when he won his first Oscar (2016). Personally, I was very impressed. I love the way Leonardo drew public attention away from himself and spoke out on urgent world’s problems.
Leonardo pointed out one thing that, for me, if I were to do something for my living world, I would make every effort to change it- the thought of “taking things for granted”.
Shouldn’t our planet become better when our living standard is getting higher and higher? With the rapid development of science and technology, people nowadays are living so comfortably that we seem to forget how fortunate we are and take everything we have got for granted. This may explain why the world has been facing up to so many pressing issues over the past few centuries: environment pollution, water scarcity, energy crises, species extinction, nuclear weapons, bomb attacks, racial discrimination, literacy, poverty and so on.
To change something, especially when it comes to matters of personal viewpoints, has never been easy. However, this is how education proves its power. Education, by all means, is an effective way to change one’s mind and attitude. A generation who are well-educated will be a generation who can make the world a better place. That is why education has always been a matter of great importance.
Every people, no matter who they are, should be enabled to get access to high-quality education. They should be not only instructed how to read, how to do math, how to make experiments, how to fix things; but also taught to know how to protect their surrounding environment, to treat animals humanely, to save up energy, to utilize water efficiently and to make use of sophisticated technology in a safe and proper way. Through education, every learner ought to be fully aware of the devastation of war and violence and stand for peace and harmony. They completely understand that there are no differences between people and people and will fight against any kinds of discrimination. Everyone is trained to develop the sense of proportion, to appreciate what they have and to show gratitude for everything as one of my favorite author-Melody Beattie used to write: “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
I am now a first-year student, just as small as a grain of sand among this big world. Nevertheless, I believe that anyone can change his/her life and also the world for the better in his/her own way. Therefore, I hereby confidently say that I am the young; I am creative and full-of-energy; I study hard to be the owner of my future. That is why I am, undoubtedly, a potential winner who should be the one chasing after new ideas, knowing yourself fully and never taking anything for granted.