Naya Pakistan Can't Be Achieved Without Uplifting Downtrodden: President
Sumaira FH 4 days ago Sat 10th November 2018 | 11:48 PM
President Dr Arif Alvi Saturday said the idea of a Naya Pakistan could not meet success until the society played its role for uplifting the downtrodden people, who were unable to afford their children's education and healthcare.
Addressing the 11th Annual Teachers Development Conference 2018 organized here by the Millennium Institute of Professional Development, the teacher training institute of Roots Millennium Education, the president said prior to accomplishing the mission of Naya Pakistan, the well-to-do people would have to take the poor along in the journey of development.
Around 1,000 teachers from 21 cities across four provinces attended the moot themed Iqbal Day that was also addressed by educationists, media persons, motivational speakers, psychologists, behaviorists and others.
The president, who was flanked by First Lady Samina Alvi, said he was concerned about the 20 million out-of-school children and the people would have to first change their hearts before changing the society.
Sharing his experiences of schooling, he said his father had enrolled him in a public school to teach him mixing up with the poor children and know their issues. "I had also sent my son to the public school for the same reason," he added.
The president said unfortunately the current education system focused more on grading system, not the character building.
He said the children were more focused on their future career ignoring their role for the society. Even the parents as well as the teachers also seemed to be more concerned about grading, he observed.
The president also explained the concepts of meta-knowing, meta-cognition, meta-subjective intelligence, accurate self assessment in the education system.
He said every professional must play a role for societal welfare, be it was a doctor or teacher. He strongly censured the practice of child labour and said the children of that age deserved to be sent to the schools.
Addressing the event, Founder and Chief Executive of The Millennium Education Chaudhry Faisal Mushtaq said the conference conceptualized the Iqbal's philosophy of self-actualization. It also provided an opportunity to share new ideas and ponder over modern day challenges.
After President Alvi drew attention to the issue of out-of-school children, Faisal Mushtaq announced to enroll the street children equaling one percent of the strength of the Roots schools on 100 percent scholarship.
Earlier, the president distributed awards among the members of the school's management and faculty members. The chief executive also presented conference's mementos to both the president and the first lady.