A Gift that none should take away

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Education is a fundamental human right, availing of that right leads to the practice of other human rights. Attaining education is necessary for success in life just like food is important for the body. Education is important for development and success. It encourages freedom and empowerment and brings progress and development.

Yet millions of children in Pakistan are deprived of getting an education which leads to many problems in the country such as poverty, lack of development, no awareness of the rights and responsibilities of a citizen, all these things increase serious crimes like honor killing, rape/ harassment, robberies, and the list goes on. Pakistan despite having laws on rights of education for all and free education for children from age 5 to 16, but just having laws enough?  Proper imposing of laws as well as taking all possible initiatives to provide education.

Education is the primary source of human, economic, and social development that provides profit to both the individual and society. Education is itself a right and an essential requisite for the realization of other human rights.  An educated person always works for benefit of humanity. Education has a vital role in empowering women and protecting children from exploitive and hazardous labor, sexual exploitation. At least 1,084 cases of sexual abuse against children were reported last year in Pakistan and according to Human Rights Watch.

Almost 1,000 women are murdered in Pakistan in the name of honor each year and the biggest reason for all these crimes is the lack of education in adults and especially children. Why? An estimated 22.8 million children aged 5-16 are out of school which means 22.8 million children are deprived of learning basic ethics, morality, what is right and what is wrong, which simply means all those essentials that are important for the development of the character of a person.

These children are unable from getting that. Is this because there are no laws for the protection of the rights of children or because there are no laws for the provision of education amongst children. Seeing the condition of the country it seems to us that are no laws for these things but in reality, as per the Constitution of Pakistan 1973 Article 25-A  explicitly stipulates that,

The state shall provide free and compulsory education to all children of the age of five to sixteen years in such manner as may be determined by law.”

And Article 26(1) of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR):

“Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory.”

Since Pakistan is a member of the UN Pakistan must follow these rules. This shows that Pakistan certainly has laws and these state’s laws and international laws compel Pakistan to follow these rules. Then why do still have these problems? It is simply because no government has properly taken interest in educating children, if they have imposed these laws they have not done it in a meaningful way.

The ignorance of the government creates restraints for people from getting an education and previous governments have made no efforts in eliminating these restraints. The reason which I see is they are afraid because if you educate people they will be aware of their rights and eventually so ask for them but if they are not aware of their rights they will not ask for them because we cannot change what we are not aware of and once we are aware we cannot help but change.  

The second biggest restrain is the poor education system. Even the government has made education accessible and free for all (As per the age group), they have done it without any proper research or observation, if this will work or not, it’s like they have just put off the burden from their shoulders.

The public schools in Pakistan are known to have no discipline, no responsible teachers, and no proper classes, so it does not make any difference if the government has made education accessible but have you made any efforts in changing the education system.  Making education accessible is not enough if you are not providing the right kind of environment and substance that is needed for a good education system.

Thus it is crucial to understand the importance of education and the need to educate Pakistani children. The government needs to take measures that will not only make education accessible as well as meaningful for all. It will not only be beneficial for the person but as well as for the nation because education is the process of acquiring knowledge and information that leads to a successful future.

There are a lot of positive traits of having an education, such as having a good career, having a good status in society, and having self-confidence. Education makes us view obstacles as challenges to overcome with no fear; facing new things. It is the main factor behind successful people and the merit of developed countries. Therefore, education is deemed a real success behind any future success.

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibnitz has rightly said, 

                 “Make me the master of education, and I will undertake to change the world.”

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