Poverty in Pakistan is rampant and is a major reason for the rates of low literacy found throughout our great country. When we allow our national system of education to fail, we turn to locally run madrassas. Madrassas are often locally funded yet not fully equipped with faculty or substantial academic curricula. Madrassas might fulfill the inherent local need for education even while their influence is not academic. Madrassas of academic profession diverges with local mullahs. The community remains divided and progress is suspended causing intellectual conflicts between local clerics, national school administration and NGO volunteers (Sadaqat, 2012). UNESCO reports that our literacy rates are rising but very slowly. We need to insure that each child gets a comprehensive education that can contribute to our economy.
Competition and productivity mark the economic progress of a country. More opportunities must be produced to bring together the nation of Pakistan and one of these opportunities can be seen through having English and Urdu being taught in schools.
There is also a great need for local teachers who understand the local customs and culture of the communities where they teach. In some places of Pakistan, teachers from other areas assist a school but teach in English where before classes were taught in a language other than English or Urdu. Unable to interest the students with how they teach, these teachers often forsake the classroom and leave the school.
Learning to speak two dialects will help bring the nation closer in unity as an Urdu speaking nation and learning English as a second language makes it possible for students to attend universities around the world where English is understood if not placed as their number one language.
Politicians now fear the path they were elected to represent. The lack of communication and commitment between elected officials and the people of Pakistan disconnect us further from each other. Discouraged and disillusioned, society ceases the propensity towards the magnitude that is possible through an inclusive structured approach towards reform. The illiterate children are ignored and teachers are relegated to status lower than the engineers they instruct towards graduation.
Due to our sectarian society, we care for no one but who resides within our community, culture or even our house. We have become so fearful and reticent of extending our hands to outsiders that we have indoctrinated our children to follow in our footsteps. We need to stop this from happening and it needs to stop right now.
Let us unite as brothers and sisters in order to work for the common good for each other. Let us unite in securing education for all – to make literacy available for us all! We need to grow past barriers and allow our children to grow up knowing how to read, write and learn all they can about themselves and the world. Let us not forget our forefathers who forged a strong and thriving nation. Let us make them proud of how we have kept Quaid-e-Azam’s promise of a “think 100 times before you make a decision, but once that decision is taken, stand by it as one man”. As a single nation we can bring education to every single Pakistani. This is a critical time for the country of Pakistan. Let us not forsake her.
International loans and infrastructure problems create an obligatory portrait of Pakistan yet Pakistan has everything it needs to move forward to a substantive fortune. We do not need to be mired in debt due to “friendly” loans from nations we despise. From the first day of Partition, we have had the natural resources available to create a thriving economy. These essential Building Blocks are crucial in order to construct education facilities and social value systems. However our future has been thwarted and prevented from growing due to international conflicts and neglectful politicians. Who can we blame? We have no one to blame but ourselves.