Living in a country where education has been least area of concern raises questions in my mind. I ask myself how we would be able to secure dignified position, against the image of us that has already developed. Would we ever be in position to transform the perception of us? We are proclaimed as a nation which is fighting a battle of peace and war within its own territory. This, however, by no means imply that we will never rise.
Literacy rate of almost 58%, according to Pakistan Social and Living Standards Measurement (2012-2013), reflects that half of our population has never been to school ever. Unfortunately, as a consequence of it we are not just fighting for peace, but also for sustainable livelihood. Poverty and unemployment has resulted in impoverishment. Resulting in environmental degradation. When a person doesn’t get money to buy food, through employment, what does he do? He depletes the environment, for example he harvests timber, sells it and earns for provision of food. Similarly, in a climate of consistent terror, and war, who suffers most? People and environment. Thus, there is a need to integrate all these components together at the time when educational objectives are being set.
Education has a capacity not only to deal with problems at national level but also at global. We do have conventions, international laws, treaties, and acts for such global issues, but they are not enough unless implemented. And that is where education comes into play. We need an education system that is based on mobilization of resources, a system which involves the local public. Traditional knowledge can never be regarded as insignificant. If people, belonging to particular locality, are engaged in finding out the solution for the problems they encounter then there is a great chance of productive outcomes. But, a point that needs to be considered here is that such involvement should be unbiased, that is, irrespective of gender, class, religion, and profession.
Also, when curriculum of school, colleges and university is designed it should impart basic information about sustainability. Measures, at individual level, that can be taken to minimize causes of common problems should form part of text books. For practical knowledge of that, carrying out community service project shall be mandatory. Those projects should be based on creating awareness among people related to issues such as climate change, biodiversity loss, cultural sustainability, poverty elimination, health and hygiene etc. People can understand when they are taught in language they can easily comprehend. So local language should be preferred while informing people about the ways they can use to mitigate and reduce the anthropocentric impacts.
Comparison of developed and developing nations is acceptable to the extent when the priority is to learn about the strategies that developed nations have adopted to flourish. But it often has disadvantage is disguise. For example, by citing the works of international authors’ researchers publish their papers about ‘what’ can be done to eradicate problems of global context at national level, but they fail to recommend ‘how’ such strategies can be implemented in their own states. It results in non-fulfillment of true objectives of their research, that is, when applied on practical ground the results do not appear to be in accordance with what was actually expected. Thus, while carrying out research attention must be paid towards the applicability of proposed measures.
For imparting education different modes of communication must be utilized. As, world has turned into global village so information should not only be restricted to text books. In today’s world, people learn more through electronic media. Thus, mechanism of disseminating information should be so set that people get to learn more from advertisements, plays, articles, blogs etc. Content of screen plays and brands promotion should include in it the message that reflects the ways to make surrounding better off, and instils, in an individual, the idea of becoming responsible citizen.
Guidance at minor scale can result in major impacts. Thus, consciousness has to be awaken by educating one’s mind. We just need to learn, for better today and prosperous tomorrow.