By: Mahnoor Amin, Habib Girl’s College
Every day you read the newspaper you find news galore on rising political agitation, inflation, poverty, unemployment, lawlessness, crime activities and so on. Thus, being disgruntled you throw away the paper. Ever wondered what could be the grass root cause for these?
Illiteracy is one of the main root causes of ever increasing problems in our country. It then eventually leads to a feeling of dissent. Only a person who is well aware of his rights and responsibilities can serve for the welfare of country. Indeed, this awareness comes with education. Education enables people to have a greater control over their destiny. An educated person knows how to be sincere to his profession and post. Literacy is the way out of the darkness of ignorance. Furthermore, it serves the purpose of evolving minds and thoughts. There is an inextricable link between education and progress. An increasing rate of literacy in a country marks increasing rate of socio-economic development in that country.
Sadly, half of our country’s population is bereft of education and the remaining half constitute major brain drain from the country. This explains the exacerbated conditions around here. Moreover, poverty forces a large number of children to give up studies and get involved in child labor in order to become an earning member of the family.
Apart from government reforms and their enforcement and the NGOs’ pledges to exterminate illiteracy, citizens of this country must play their role against this cause. Intense efforts need to be made to combat illiteracy. First and foremost, is to equip our own selves with education. Instead of wasting time in fruitless pursuits, we need to strive hard to make Pakistan stand at par with other nations around the world. Secondly, there is a need of adopting the policy of ‘Each One, Teach One’. If half of the literate population would take over the responsibility of teaching even a few words or phrases to unprivileged ones it would surely be a step close to mitigate the adverse effects of illiteracy.
Quaid-e-Azam had a great faith in the youth of our country. He called them the ‘Nation builders of tomorrow’. He advised them to equip themselves with discipline and education. He said, “Education is a matter of life and death for a country. 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.” Further added, “No sacrifice or personal comfort should be regarded too great for the advancement for the cause of education.”
Therefore, it is high time every responsible citizen came forward and worked hard to make a better Pakistan. You, the readers of The Truth can do a great deal. Teach how to read and write to the small sons and daughters of your maids. Look around you. There might be relatives, friends or neighbours unable to afford the high fee of a Montessori or pre-school. Educate their children. Teach them the Quran first, the rest will follow. If they know Math and Urdu at least they won’t be illiterate adults. Don’t let things be as they are. Try and make a change, yes, for a better Pakistan.