Role of today’s education in changing the future of Pakistan

Posted: December 28, 2016 in Blog Posts, National Youth Parliament Of Pakistan, The Youth Of Pakistan

“Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.” (Nelson Mandela)

‘Education’ is the name of enlightenment of heart, mind, and soul. Preparing an individual for life, so he can face the world, the struggle for his survival and communicate with others, is the purpose of today’s education. It is undoubtedly true that the world today has become a global village. Apart from connectivity, this advancement in technology has led to such a competition among the human race that only the survival of fittest seems to be the rule of the day. And in these times, educating our children with the modern education is the only hope left for people like us, who are still in the developing phase, being faced with many challenges.

 A wise man once said that the mind once enlightened cannot again become dark and this is a fact that highly educated minds did such brilliant things which could not be imagined once. These personalities not only changed their own lives but also provided great services for the mankind. The person who dreamed of a separate country for Muslims of the subcontinent, Allama Iqbal, and the one who fought for this idea, our beloved Quaid, were highly educated people. The enlightened vision of Quaid-e-Azam compelled him to demand a separate country for the Muslims. Education rekindles one’s patriotism and reminds us of our responsibilities towards our nation and society. An uneducated person who is always worried about his own bread and butter would surely be unable to do any such thing for his fellows. Aitazaz Hassan, a 15-year-old student from Hangu, who sacrificed his life while preventing a suicide bomber from entering his school and thus saving the lives of hundreds of fellow students, is a true example of bravery and patriotism, which was inculcated in his young mind by his parents and teachers. The brave teachers of Army public school, Peshawar, who sacrificed their lives while saving their students from terrorists, knew that the future of Pakistan lies in the hands of the young. And by this act of theirs, they indeed gave a message to the world that Pakistanis are not afraid of terrorism and will not stop sending their children to school and educating them.

Lately, there has been a lot of advancement in the fields of science and technology, Medicine, commerce, Information technology, Media sciences, Fashion designing, etc. Scores of young minds are graduating every year with an aim to play their role in the prosperity of their homeland. Our students are representing Pakistan in different competitions, sports, workshops, training being held in different countries of the world. Our students are now gaining recognition at big platforms. Indeed “ The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.”

Although Pakistan is facing a lot of problems but educating our masses through print and electronic media about health practices, nutritional problems, the strategies to cope with natural disasters, social evils, etc, has proved to be immensely effective in changing the mindset of people. People are now accepting the new trends and rejecting the old shaggy beliefs and concepts which were nothing more than mere superstitions. People are now discouraging child labor, cousin marriages, restricting women to homes and depriving them of their share in the property, discrimination on the basis of cast and creed, etc. More and more criminals are being exposed through social media every day. People have started to think that every happening has a scientific basis. More and more people have started to consult psychiatrists for the treatments of such ailments which were once treated only by the so-called fake ‘peers and babas.’. This only proves that education has enlightened the minds of Pakistani youth and has proved to be the biggest tool for uprooting superstitions and social maladies.

Another blessing granted by educating our people, which will be more evident in upcoming years, is ‘self-sufficiency’. This upward swing in science and technology, which has led to high yields in field of agriculture, small industries providing livelihood to hundreds of people, newer inventions making the lives of people easier, better medicines, new cures and new hopes for the dreaded diseases, increased productivity from the industries due to innovative ideas, all are being accomplished by the educated people, who not only are helping their own people, but are also contributing in raising the economic status of hundreds of people and this has only led to the betterment of our quality of life.

If we keep on educating our youth like this and keep on proving those people wrong, who don’t want to see Pakistan as a successful nation, the future of Pakistan is surely very bright. But the only thing that we need to remember is that along with providing our children with modern education, we must not forget their moral education. We have to inculcate our values and religious teachings of kindness, brotherhood, sacrifice, respecting and helping others, and loving our own homeland. This is the duty of today’s parents not to forget these values and impart them to their children as well. Abdul Sattar Edhi, the greatest humanitarian, was not a graduate of some prestigious institution, but he was a man of morals and values, taught to him by his parents from the very beginning. So it has been very rightly said that “When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.”

InshaAllah, the future of Pakistan will be bright and its flag will always rise higher. The message of our Quaid for students was;

“Without education, it is complete darkness and with education it is light. Education is a matter of life and death to our nation. The world is moving so fast that if you do not educate yourselves you will be not only completely left behind but will be finished up.”

So if we devote ourselves wholeheartedly to education, no power can undo Pakistan.

Daman-e-Zehra

Final year MBBS student at Federal Medical & Dental College, Islamabad

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