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“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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Change can be for the better, or for the worse.

The topic in question does not highlight the kind of change which modern day education in Pakistan will bring about – it leaves it open to the writer’s imagination. Are we to analyze how the education of today will improve Pakistan’s tomorrow? For improvement does not appear to be the most probable outcome.

As far as education and improvement are concerned, there exists a wealth of substantial literature on the subject. Countless minds the likes of Russell, Bacon, Arnold and Kant etc. have composed volumes on how to go about using education as a tool for social betterment. However, in my essay, I aim to scrutinize how Pakistan’s present education system casts an inauspicious shadow over the country’s uncertain future.

First of all, allow me to state the universal truth that education is the key to social engineering. One need only glance at a state’s education policies and the product of its school systems in order to predict its future prospects. In light of this, let us turn to the state of Pakistan:

Education in Pakistan is among the lowest priorities of the government, the media, and the political elite. This is best evidenced by an insidious misallocation of resources wherein representatives of the federal center grab the bulk of available resources and dole out a pittance to the remaining provinces.

An army of educational advisors and policy makers enjoys liberal state funded excursions to international sessions on training and policy design in the field of education. Yet, this plethora of advisors cannot boast of a single, original article of policy worth the name. Our Ministry of Education believes in a “copy-paste” regimen of copying policies implemented by other countries and pasting them onto the national canvas regardless of compatibility. Piles of paper are then wasted in issuing meaningless reports on ineffective, useless policies in order to justify the corruption and malaise of the upper echelons of the system.

A key feature in the bleak landscape that is our education is the forlorn figure of the teacher. Private education systems have reduced the teacher to a mere employee lacking control in the classroom while being denied adequate compensation for his or her services. At the opposite extreme, lucrative pay packages in the public sector have disfigured the profession into one which does not require personal skills so much as powerful connections. Jobs are doled out by corrupt politicians to their nearest and dearest relatives/voting banks while corruption permeates the system from the clerical to the upper administrative levels.

Thus, caught between an exploitative private sector and its inaccessible public counterpart, talented teachers tend to flee the country in search of greener pastures – a fast-paced process of brain drain which is actively being catalyzed by the state itself.

Let us now turn to the curriculum. In the social sciences, Pakistan’s textbook boards have failed to produce a single book worth mentioning in the last three decades, if not more. As far as natural sciences are concerned, published volumes are solely aimed at producing a breed of students that excels at rote memorization.

In fact, memorization and retention of redundant facts seem to be the key object of assessment, indeed the very object of education itself, as far as the public sector is concerned.

This state of affairs becomes far more dismal once we glance at the country’s institutes of higher education. Our universities have thus far failed to generate a culture based on research and critical thinking – best evidenced by a lack of quality annual publications in international journals. Most of the HEC’s well-advertised “standards of excellence” have little bearing on reality. They have more to do with the standards of living of corrupt administrators reeling in funds by the millions. The HEC itself is an organization that has long outlived any utility it might have laid claim to in the past.

Courtesy of its ill-thought-out policies, costs in public sector education are steadily rising, with university aspirants expected to pay anything in-between PKR 60 to 80,000 for admission. This effectively slams the door of higher education in the face of about 80 to 85 percent of the Pakistani youth, if not more. Meanwhile, funds are denied to universities in lieu of scholarship programs for talented lower-middle class youth.

The denizens at the HEC, FDE and FBISE have yet to initiate collaborative efforts involving feedback from senior teachers in curriculum design or effective policies targeted at quality teacher training. Instead, parallel programs of BA/B.Sc. have been initiated in both degree colleges and universities, effectively forcing the latter to admit FA/F.Sc. students in a duplication of labor. Thus, Universities are no longer cells of research; they are degree colleges by another name.

A key result of the deterioration of the public sector has been the commercialization of education in Pakistan. Private and public sector students represent the deep fragmentation prevalent within the heterogeneous body that is the youth of Pakistan. Education is now a commodity. Yet talent, as one must admit, is not limited to a certain class, but is widely diffused throughout the social strata.

This rough overview casts a pallor over the nature of the change one might expect to see in Pakistan’s future. There is an immediate need for drastic reforms, ones not limited to an overhaul of infrastructure and discussions at conferences attended by party demagogues.

Change can only be made concrete and sustainable if it is brought about through legislation. Effective legislation is thus the hand-maiden of education.

Unless we cry halt to the current deterioration, our future is a Pakistan where the progeny of corrupt elite is granted access to any and all opportunities on account of their access to a high-quality education. A Pakistan stripped of the talent of its sons and daughters as they are forced to flee their motherland in search of hope. A Pakistan known to the world as a marginalized nation of 300 million people traded as cheap labor by their corrupt leaders in exchange for dollars and pound.

A formidable future indeed.

Faruzan A. Butt
Islamabad, Pakistan

 

We live in the present, where at the very moment the future does not exist, but its formation is continuously waved on by everyone. An individual weaves his own future by the choices he makes and the action he takes, whereas the future of the nation is made by all the individuals’ efforts combined together.As the famous proverb goes “what you sow, shall you reap.”
Looking at the present, we can catch the glimpse of what the future will look like. As we keep looking at the vision in our head, we continue to see more of what we’re already perceiving, up to the point that the vision becomes so clear that we can be almost sure that this is how the future will actually turn out, one way or another.
Now, let’s look at Pakistan and try to determine what the future will look like and let’s perceive what the role of education in that future will be.
Education is a very simple thing, you learn, you take tests, you pass and yet, the outcome is so very diverse. As you graduate, the degree you hold in your hand and the effort that went into it gives you the power to affect everything around you on a very big a level. You can be a lawyer and protect people’s rights, you can be a doctor and save their lives, be a soldier and protect the state and everyone in it, you can be the voice of reason, the epitome of freedom and creativity. You can be anything you want to be and that’s exactly what education teaches and enables you to do. No matter what you choose to become, in a way, you would be deciding not only your future but also the future of the entire state.
This is how education plays a part in the future of a state. It is quite simply a system in which efforts are made to make individuals realize the importance of morality, justice, freedom of choice and freedom of expression, of humanity and of all the things that truly and immensely matter and the outcome is the same. Individuals now return the favor of what has been sowed in them. They make use of everything they are taught and stand up for what they are made to believe in. They have the power and choice to work for the betterment of the country and humanity.
Now, let’s look at the current educational status of Pakistan, the current adult literacy rate in Pakistan is around 58℅. In some areas like Islamabad, the rate goes much higher while some areas might not even have heard that a thing called education even exists in this world. At least to them, it doesn’t. The male literacy rate is higher than the female one because of the ignorant behavior of the individuals and authorities combined. There are people who have no desire of getting women educated while a lot of institutions only run for men and continue to disregard women as an equal part of society. So, from where we stand today, the future of Pakistan does not look very bright and this is all because of the very obvious lack of education. With none to teach the people the importance of their own being and of the resources around them, they fail to grasp the power that God has put into their hands the moment they were born. With no degree in their hands, they work continuously and under all circumstances but without actually getting anywhere. The tradition of illiteracy continues on, a ‘chai wall’s’  son becomes the next chai walla. While the ‘tandoor’ owner at the corner proudly presents his son as the new owner. A laborer’s family continues to be a laborer’s family generations after generations. Things continue the way they are.Among the illiterate,  people are killed upon petty matters. Human lives matter as little as grains of sand in a desert. Women oppression is the norm, child abuse becomes a right you’re born with. The poverty, starvation, and ignorance are passed on like genetic traits.  The present becomes the future and the resemblance is so uncanny that one thinks that entire thing had been videotaped and put endlessly on rewind, with no stop button at all. The only change that might occur is that film gets hazier and hence the conditions become worsened by time. I wonder, what the stop button to these conditions could be? Yes, exactly, it’s education. That’s the button. Press it and change the destiny of all the chai wallas and tandoor was, of all those who are killed in the name of honor, of all the areas that are under the control of someone wiping out everyone and everything that offends their ego and their rigid opinions. Today’s education is the only thing that can bring the necessary change. It is the only thing that can take it out if the storm it’s in and shower it with rays of sunshine.
All lives are both innocent, they act what they learn. Education is a continuous process that shapes the mind of people as they grow up and face life. Everyone has a brain, yes, but without the right education, it can go to waste. Consider a plant, if u give it water but keep it in the dark, it cannot photosynthesise. It needs light to complete the crucial process. Likewise, keep a child in the dark and he will fail to perceive what’s right. And what one cannot perceive, one cannot act upon.
Education is the only thing that can break all borders and bring the revolution we’re in dire need of. Today’s education can bring peace and enlightenment in the future of Pakistan. As a Latin, proverb goes,

‘Nonscholae, sed vitae discimus’
(Translation: We do not learn for school, but for life)

 By Rohma Sohaib

A Phenomenon which is entitled to human beings by Almighty ALLAH to know and to learn is termed as Education. It is a basic right of every individual to transform his life by getting a quality education and then adopt his way of living according to his sense of understanding and awareness that education has brought in him. In today’s globalized world, Education is most often associated with degrees and certificates yet its real meaning lies in getting to know things and realizing how to distinguish between good & bad and how to mold yourself in accordance with the situation. Future of any country depends upon the quality of education and its literacy rate. Education is the key to establishment, prosperity & betterment.

Before throwing light on the future we should take a glance at the history that how crippled nations became powerful after they realized the importance of education. Netherland, a developed country in today’s world was once a devastated nation with very low morality and social backgrounds, but once they realized the worth of education, they raised themselves as an example for the rest of the world. Similarly, Japan, an Asian country was also a drown nation after Second World War, yet they pulled themselves up and focused on education. Resultantly today they are one of the developed states of the world with the highest number of exports across the world. Better education gave them the vision of how they could become the number one nation in the world.

 Pakistan is a developing country of South Asia with extremely unstable political and economic system. If we take a glance at our education system, it can be well analyzed that education system of Pakistan has very low standards. There is a huge gap in our education system which has not only created the class system in the society but has also been a cause of the wide gap between different classes of the society.

 A strong nation can be built if we have a strong education system.  If the education system of the country is weak, a country cannot be expected to progress. It is a dilemma as well that Education lies very low in the priorities of the State. In Pakistan, the education system has been hi-jacked with 3 different class systems running parallel at the same time in every city. These are,

  • Government Schools
  • Private Schools.
  • Religious Schools (Madaris).

Firstly we put a spotlight on the Government schools, which are under the supervision of government authorities.  The system applied in the government schools of the country is not up to the mark which is the very reason that results are not delivered. Teachers do not have any concern and lack a sense of responsibility. There are many schools in Pakistan which are deprived of furniture and building. Kids don’t have proper classrooms. Moreover, Teachers are not regular to classes. There should be check and balance over schools, Principal, and teachers. There should be a separate government department for the betterment of government schools. Strictness is quite necessary to bring change in the education system, Else the system can cripple into a lot worst.

On the other side, there are plenty of Private schools. Generally, if we hear about private schools one thing that clicks our mind is heavy fees, which should lead to a quality education. It also gives birth to a thought of the difference between government schools and private schools. Underprivileged children are sent to government schools by their parents whereas Elite class of the society send their children to Private schools.

There should be one system and standard of education for schools. All the schools should follow same syllabus and fee structure. Another bad thing which is also a cause of chaos in our country’s education system is different syllabus taught in schools. There are a number of schools in one area and all of them have a different syllabus. Some of them prefer British education system while others prefer American. It is the responsibility of the Education departments that they should plan a similar syllabus for all the schools in Pakistan. There should be no other syllabus except the one government, has planned. Such kind of efforts will be fruitful for Pakistan and our future could be safe and sound.

Apart from Government & Private schools, Religious schools or Madaris are totally exempted from the needs of today’s education. They are hundred years away from today’s world. Madaris teachers consider that Science does not have a concern with religion because it comes under the category of disobedience of Islamic injunctions. But this concept is totally wrong because our religion teaches us to explore. Our Holy book (Quran) is itself a treasure which throws light on each and every aspect of Life.  Religious study is also very necessary because we are Muslims and should follow the rules and regulations and fall under the jurisdiction of Islam, we should know about the world and its necessities. Our future can be secured if we can be sincere with our duties.

 Education is to recognize what we are and what we should be. Education shows us the right way or wrong way. But children have been forced to become bookworms. Education should not be limited to books only. It should also be related to ethics. SO only perfect education plan can give the sense that how we should live and how we can give space to other to live.

Our youth could be a revolutionary face. Consequently, there is a huge responsibility on the shoulders of youth towards the building of Nation. Youth has to bring back state on its lost track. We should keep in mind the teaching of our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) it is compulsory for every man and woman to get an education. Through proper planning and strict administration of education system, we can change future of Pakistan. This dream can be fulfilled only through Education.

By M. Salman Rauf

“Education is not the filling of pail, but the lighting of fire”

                                        -William Butler

There is a conflict between literacy and education. Every educated person is a literate but every literate is not an educated person. Literacy merely means; capable of reading and writing. On other hand Education gives a vision, it plays a vital role in the development of human personality and serves as a substructure for critical thinking. Unfortunately, Pakistan has one of the lowest literacy rates according to United Nations. Despite being densely populated state Pakistan is bereft of Education. To vanquish this problem Education Itself is the solution. The biggest obstacles to education in Pakistan are cultural constraints, conservative beliefs, classism and illiteracy of parents.

A nation without education is merely a herd of cattle which is unaware of its directions and destinations. Particularly for the developing countries like Pakistan education is the most powerful tool, it’s an instrument for the transformation of society. It develops directed behavior among individuals. The population of Pakistan is largely composed of youngsters, by refining young minds into productivity Pakistan can become a superpower like the USA whose population is considered as man power, unlike Pakistan in which the growing population is a burden on the state.

Social Development is the product of deeply rooted moral values. Japan was once an abandoned state is now considered as one of the most economically and socially developed countries. Teaching moral values and etiquettes are part of their curriculum. They bring productivity and positivity in their students by shaping their mind to do something substantial for their country. Pakistan should also follow the footsteps of Japan in order to bring change.

For the better future of Pakistan, we should never ignore the importance of women education. Despite it being the right of every human to gain an education. Women in Pakistan are still facing hurdles in getting an education, especially the women of rural areas. Noble peace prize holder Malala Yousafzai depicts this reality by saying

“ We cannot succeed when half of us are held back”. More than 60% of the population of Pakistan is comprised of females. Only if we educate our females we would educate the whole nation.

“ One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world “

Some Institutes of higher education like NUST, LUMS, QUI… etc are already on their way in building an educated Pakistan. Doctors, Engineers, and teachers of today will change the outcome of tomorrow’s Pakistan. People will be able to choose between right and wrong, they would be independent and the society would be free of ills like inflation and terrorism. Currently, Pakistan is facing many challenges as a nations-state like honor killing, gender discrimination, the war on terror and political instability. By digging a seed of education Pakistan can overcome all the challenges. Only and Educated individual would know which leader is right for his/her country, which policies are right for his state and what projects will bring prosperity to its nation. Long live Pakistan!

Arshia Nazakat

Bs Psychology, IIUI

 

Education determines the future of a nation. It is one of the basic factors which plays a great role in the development of a child’s progress, family, and nation. Our great leader Quaid-e-Azam also put emphasis on the education. He said,” education is a matter of life and death for Pakistan” and he was right. In 1947, we got freedom from British raj and got a separate land where we had nothing for us it was only education which helped us leading upward. Now, more than 60 years have been passed and we still are moving upward keeping our country proud at national and international level. Education plays a great role in technology and progress. Today, Pakistan is facing many problems in the education sector. Some of them are medium of education , disparity of system at provincial level, gender discrimination, lack of technical education, low allocation of funds, inefficient teachers, poverty, corruption, social imbalance , mismanagement of system, infrastructure problems, private school system, lack of educational policies, increase in population, delay in renewal of policies and syllabus/ political interference and many more. In human development report, Pakistan is placed at the 136th position because 49.9% population comes under the definition of education. This percentage of illiteracy rate is alarming not for the government but also for the country. By this rate. We cannot think of surviving and get ahead with other developed countries. But still, with unity and by working together and tirelessly we can help in decreasing this illiteracy rate down. Some of the solutions for the problems of the educational system can be English should be medium of instruction, hiring of a talented and qualified staff, fulfilling the lack of teachers, primary education should be made compulsory, increasing in teachers incentives, translation of foreign research into local language checking on distinctive education, scholarships and financial support to students, giving financial packages, betterment of education policies and teacher workshop, infusing technical education and promoting of primary education. It is time to stand up and work desperately and deliberately in the education sector in order to turn the burden of the population into a productive human resource. Our country needs us and we can only help our country by spreading free education in our nation’s street.
Quote:
” the function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education “.
                Martin Luther king Jr.

By Rimshah Tehreem Ali

Education – an asset of a nation which can bring it out from the barren past of history to the prospering present and empyreal future. Education neither needs the massive quantity of people to learn nor the best minds, all it required is the spirit. It turned the whole nation into a cycle of a national prosperity whose only destination is the bright future filled with the glorious rays of progress.

Pakistan- a country with endless boundaries of courageous spirits and talents has been carving its ways in becoming the Asian Tiger from many decades. Back in the 90s, Pakistan had faced the restless problem of peace, poverty, terrorism, martial laws and war. But Pakistan has eliminated all these menaces with powerful and intellectual understanding. Though, one problem which has always been avoided is Illiteracy.

The role of education has always been an important parameter in judging the future of one’s country. We all must understand that education is the only element that has changed the bloody pages of history with the ink of a pen. It’s the education that has changed the destiny of Japan and made it the world most developed country that was once ruined in the ashes. Simply, one cannot say NO to education in any ages.

The role of today’s education is just like a seed which first rooted its ways into the ground, taking every nutrient, and then by growing into the plant with flowers benefits its surroundings with its every single past. Education is just like that seed. Today you have to provide it every single nutrient in the form of young minds, finances, and consideration; so in future, it will give you everything you need.

The future Pakistan will be entirely different if the standard, quality, and equality of education are properly checked. Today, the spread of education in the rural and especially in slum areas of Pakistan requires a lot of improvement. Education in the slum areas is totally like producing the golden products out of the garbage.

Education today must play its role in somewhat productive manner. In order to change the future Pakistan, education must deliver its message of breaking the stereotypic professions- only becoming doctor and engineers. We must want our future Pakistan to have a multiplicity of all professions because without this the picture of future Pakistan will be same as the present one.

Present days, the word Unpredictability defines the future of Pakistan. We all can do this by the magic spell of Education wand. We can do this by giving the wand of education to every single child and let the education play its role effectively only then we can assure the better future of Pakistan.

Today’s education is a Do or Die situation for Pakistan as years back, the founder of Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jinnah said,

“Education is a matter of life and death for Pakistan. The world is advancing so rapidly that without requisite advance in education, not only shall we be left behind others but may be wiped out altogether.”

(September 26, 1947, Karachi)

The present Pakistan is displaying the paralyzed picture of future, the future with an average rate of literacy and unproductive profession gambling effortlessly towards the assumed erroneous progress. The education is the essential ingredient for the advancement and progress of the education can change the ashes and ruins into the asset of a nation. It can make imperfect the perfect one, paralyzed into the independent and a failure into the successful one.

Malaysia is the proof of the fact that education can change the destiny. Malaysia altered its fate by just handling itself in the hands of education. China, Japan, and Singapore are the examples of a country with massive industrial revolutions which were only the outcome of education. So, it is obvious that today’s education is just like growing a crop whose fruit and yield can be obtained in the future.

We all want our future Pakistan to be developed, industrialized, and advanced but we must have to take some measurements for it. Education must be delivered to every single smiling face on the streets, every aimless burning candle and to every sweating body that is striving for its better futurity.

The education must define its role over the entire nation regardless of their shortcomings and its abilities. With the education, the illiterate cobbler can become the shoe designer, an ordinary house builder with its assumptions can become the architect, and the local factory man can form its own factory and will play their role in changing the future of Pakistan. This is only possible when we shake our hands firmly with the education.

To conclude, if we want to win the race of successful Pakistan with rooted advancements and unmatchable achievement, we must place the education above all things. The role of today’s education is as important for changing the future as one need food to live. The future of Pakistan can be changed if and only the effective role of today’s education is widened properly towards the right direction.

By Iqra Illyas