Education: The holy grail to all our problems
No matter how patriotic we get during the Pakistan-India cricket matches or how loudly we sing Dil dil Pakistan on 14th august, we always end up heaving defeated sighs when we face the reality of the situation our country is in.
Whether it is a beautiful series of snow covered peaks, vast mango fields, resource rich deserts or a French style beach ideal for a destination wedding, we have it all in our beautiful country. Our beloved Pakistan is renowned for its rich and diverse culture. Over 300 dialects and languages are spoken in the 881913 square km area, constituting for a population of 200 million.
But unfortunately, our motherland is also plagued with death, disease, political instability and constant war at our borders. Now, I believe that all of our problems stem from lack of education. Every problem we have can be traced back to our low literacy rate. Environmental issues erupt from lack of education because our nation does not understand why the environment is important for our survival.
Even if we look at the current situation, our biggest problem is lack of awareness in our people. A survey investigated that over 40% people in Pakistan believe that Covid-19 is a yahoodi sazish and claim that it’s not real. They do not have the literacy to make a logical choice between an apparent fraud, who labels the pandemic as fear tactic used by the government, and a legitimate doctor’s opinion. They do not value the concept of social distancing because they give their festivities preference over it. Why else does the most ‘cultural’ city of Pakistan, Lahore, have its hospitals over flowing with infected people?
Now, what is the problem with our education system? To say that it is simply not there would be an overstatement because we do have good education. It’s just not accessible to everyone.
There are essentially two types of educational systems in our country; GCE and matriculation. Both these systems have their own pros and cons but the problem is that they create a divide between the student body. And this divide goes on to affect their admissions, which is an integral part of their futures. Moreover, the GCE system may be better in some regards but is not accessible to all students because it’s not affordable for an average household. This sort of system spurs class divide and effects the mentality of our upcoming generation. Similarly, students who come out of the GCE system find it harder to gain admissions within Pakistan. Which is a sentiment we do not want to encourage considering our economically depleting country needs a strong backbone.
I believe that it’s really important to introduce an educational system that caters to all groups, is accessible to every Pakistani and provides the combined benefits of the current educational systems.
Another factor that I believe is extremely important is civic education. The whole of concept of a better education system will be lost. If we do not introduce civic education in our country. Now, this is the sort of education that we need to tackle our social and humanitarian issues. While skilled education can only help us target our economic issues. Also, I feel that civic education,with a good dose of nationalism, can help our students choose to stay in Pakistan and work on our economy.
I believe the Islamic State of Pakistan needs to stop dwelling in its past mistake. And build a future where the heaven-like landscape can be accompanied by ethereal peace.
Written by: Shermeen Tanveer