Every Child has a Right to Education
“Help us make this possible because every little helps”
The word education means “an important training.” It plays a vital role especially in the success or failure of something. It is an approved right, and it contributes to the full development of the human personality. Education is not a birthright of the rich and well-to-do; it is the basic right of every child. Individuals and society both benefit from the right to education. It is essential for human, social and economic development and a key element to achieving long-term peace and sustainable development.
Every child has a good mental intelligence, and they are the quickest learners to grip the new knowledge according to the primary sources. Being the youngest members of society at primary stage, children learn to read and write. It is a guidance where students are achievers.
While the developing world has made strong progress towards universal education, it is still largely an unfulfilled dream for approximately 250 millions of children. Education contributes directly to poverty reduction. It is the level of education through which most poor children pass and within which their achievements should help them to break the cycle of poverty. The report made by the Secretary-General of the UN in 2006 confirms that universal education is central to the fight against poverty and it is a key to wealth creation. It increases the rate of return on the economy.
Pakistan’s Literacy Rate has declined from 60% to 58% within few years as revealed by the economic survey of Pakistan on February 8, 2018. Pakistan has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world and second largest out of school population after Nigeria. Improving quality of Education is just as important as increase access to it for Pakistan. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Education for All (EFA) programs are global commitments of Pakistan for the promotion of literacy. Pakistan is also signatory to the MDG declaration. These goals form the basis for National Development efforts for the increase of literacy level in Pakistan.
Education in Pakistan is accepted as a basic right of everyone both at national and international level. The constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973 clearly lays down the provision in Article 37 (b) that:
“The state of Pakistan shall remove illiteracy and provide free and compulsory primary and secondary education within minimum possible period.”
In this regard, I, Zeeshan Altaf Lohya, the Founder & President of Z International School has founded an NGO – Own Pakistan in the loving memory of my late father Mr. Altaf-ur-Rehman Lohya in November 2018 to help Pakistan in Cultural, Health, Educational, Professional, and Public Service Goals. It is found to fulfil the noble cause. The NGO is active in Educational, Healthcare, Humanitarian, Observance of Social Human Rights and other Environmental Issues. Own Pakistan has taken an initiative to educate and train the underprivileged society of Karachi. We named our evening program venture as “Inspirit – Let the sunshine in”.
Inspirit intend to enlighten young minds and souls, nourish & nurture their personality and character, teach them life & civic skills and to empower future of Pakistan. The productive initiative of Own Pakistan is that we are providing free Education to the slum children within the same infrastructure of Z International School with free transportation, free books & copies and every other extra-curricular activities for the better development of their proper upbringing.
By May 2018, 40+ children of underprivileged areas are studying in Inspirit and making up their roads to the mainstream schools. This project will help these children enroll in good schools and shape their future. Beyond the question of availability, the right to an education also supposes that the objectives of learning will be achieved. It means that all children have the right to benefit from a quality education modified to their needs.
The idea is to work together for the Betterment and Empowerment of Pakistan through Education. It is an art and technique to draw out full and the best of the boys and girls. Knowledge gained throughout the Education period enables each and every individual to be confident about life and it lessens the difficult challenges of their life.