By: Shaukat Ali Shah
According to Aristotle “All who have mediated on the art of governing mankind are convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education
Education is acknowledged as a basic human right and acts as a
significant catalyst for change in the field of human development and economic uplift of a country. The prosperity, development and growth of a nation depend upon variety of educational opportunities and choices offered to its youths. It can be the most effective way of transforming destiny of a nation in general and of individual in specific. Education aims to produce conscientious and progressive citizens.
Ironically, the education performance of Pakistan is far being
satisfactory; Pakistan lags behind in its literacy rate among the other South Asian countries. Furthermore, high dropout rates have been identified as the major contributing factor to the miserable state of educational scenario. Different scholars and researchers are of the opinion that young people who are drop out from educational cycle without completing their due course are found to be engaged in high risk behaviors insomuch as premature sexual activities, delinquency, crime, alcohol and drug abuse.
Thus, creating a cycle of social, economical and governance problems. In order to come out from this paradoxical situation there is dire need that the education budget should be increased. All politicians, progressive actors and civil society activist must be on one note about the issue. They must raise their voices, provide advocacy and expand their outreach in order to bring the vulnerable youth into the mainstream.
Shaukat Ali Shah is a Public Policy analyst and Youth Activist. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.