Background and the Case for Education

download (4)It is the view of the author that the problems facing Pakistan while seemingly complex and enormous are actually simpler then they seem. What we have been looking at are the symptoms, what we need to focus on are the root causes and work on them so as to bring in the change required to set the correction momentum rolling. This by no means is a quick solutions but the only one to correct the disarray we find ourselves in.

The first and foremost is education. It is what differentiates us from the so-called first world. It gives us the power to think and the ability to differentiate the right from the wrong. Our thoughts get reflected in our actions. Just take a minute to visualize the difference that will impact our lives if 200 million plus Pakistani were doing this on a daily basis. Education here is not only being referred to as advanced technical knowledge but to vocational and character building one. The ability for a person leaving school at primarily level to be able to read and write the basics, have the power to earn through community beneficial skills and have the inculcations of the values that will make him / her a good human being. Religious education, which already has a viable infrastructure and acceptability at the ground level, if taught in its true essences can deliver effectively.

The goal here is 100% literacy. The difficult part is execution, how to go about it. In order to make this the top priority for the country, a national urgency we need the buy in of the general public through every legal and democratic forum available. It is only through public pressure that awareness will be created and Government will give the due attention needed. Basic prerequisites like total revisit of the curriculum in line with the modern requirements and representative of the factual history, qualified teachers who have a sense of purpose above commercialism and institutions with grounds for students to develop their character on the playing fields will be needed.

Given the startling difference in fee structures of public and private institutions raising fee for the public institution has room and can only benefit the quality of studies and the structure that goes with it. International community, private sector, NGO’s and individuals can supplement the process. The strength of all this lies in finding dedicated individuals willing to carry the mission off the ground.

 

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