Team OEC attends Little Angels Event in Islamabad

Bait-ul-Mal Pakistan organized a week long camp for orphans living in different “Sweet Homes” across Pakistan. About 1800 children aged between 4-13 has participated in this event. 90 little angels from Gilgit-Baltistan were also among others from 19 regions of Pakistan.

The Organization for Educational Change also extended its support in this noble cause and spent 4 days with these little angels. Team OEC assisted the children and organizers in different activities.

The Media & Communication Team of OEC also covered the event and interviewed little angles and the organizers. A short story video of this event will be published on theoeconline.org by in the second week of April.

A mega event was also organized at the end of the week. Many political and social personalities attended this event which was held at Jinnah Sports Complex, Islamabad. Some prominent name are Zamrood Khan (MD Bait ul Mal), Qamar Zaman Kaira (Former Federal Minister) & Dr. Fehmida Mirza (Former Speaker National Assembly).

Following members participated in this event:

7. Asma Zafar

6. Bushra Ali

2. Kashif Essa

9. Kashif Hussain

5. Iftikhar Hussain

1. Imran A. Hunzai

8. Imran Qadir Baig

9. Naubahar Rafi

9. Sartaj Karim

9. Sartaj Karim

3. Syed Naveed Shah

The officials of Bait-ul-Maal Pakistan appreciated Team OEC’s efforts and assistance during the whole event.

ABM – an initiative for educational revolution in Baltistan

All Baltistan Movement (ABM) is a student organization established by the students of Baltistan studying in different universities of Pakistan in 2008. It is a non-political, non-religious, non-profitable, non-government organization which provides a platform where the students of Baltistan may work for the promotion of quality education in our society. Founded by students, headed by students and run by students, ABM has always been a step ahead in helping the people of our beloved motherland. The organization has its divisions in 13 main cities of Pakistan comprising of hundreds of volunteers. The pioneers of imparting educational awareness in every single village of Baltistan have only one agenda and one slogan, “Our mission to bring revolution”. a revolution through education, knowledge, peace, harmony, and most importantly devotion and selflessness.

We believe that sectarianism, corruption, regionalism, nepotism and poverty are the main factors which are weakening the foundations of our society and we can curb all these evils if and only if we strive to develop an enlightened society. A society where everyone is well aware of his/her surroundings and everyone is very much conscious of his/her responsibilities. And to create such an ideal society we need to encourage the young generation to get well educated. Having the most intelligent youth, studying in different prestigious universities of Pakistan, on board, ABM represents a family of people with a single vision and a single goal, that is the development of our region Baltistan A session by ABM is underway and ultimately contributing to the betterment of our homeland Pakistan. Our goal is to guide every student of our region to the greatest heights they can acheive. Within three years of its establishment ABM has managed to bag a whole lot of appreciation and success. Starting from SMS alerts about admissions in different universities, the organization has successfully organized many career-counseling, guidance sessions, and seminars in many schools and colleges of Baltistan region. ABM has also been conducting Pre-entry tests for the students of Gilgit-Baltistan in Karachi and Rawalpindi for the last couple of years, which has helped the students in self assessment to a great extant. Moreover, the organization has published many guidance booklets for the students of intermediate so that they may become aware of opportunities awaiting them. Prospectus exhibitions in different institutes has also proved to be an innovative step to motivate the students in getting higher education. The organization has also established two hostels in Karachi for the students. All these activities have been organized independently by our volunteers without any external help. Furthermore, the organization has been helping our young generation individually or collectively at every stage, either in colleges or in universities.

With our divisions in all main cities of Pakistan, a team of highly spirited volunteers, and our representatives in all universities in Pakistan, anyone from Gilgit-Baltistan can rely on us for his/her help. Having achieved more than what we expected in a very short span of time, we are now in pursuit to expand our future perspectives to a greater height. Currently the organization is working upon conduction of pre-board exams for the students of Gilgit-Baltistan in six cities simultaneously. Many other future projects are also under consideration and we can only succeed if we have moral support of our loving people.

Source: Pamir Times

The Mother, a woman behind every successful person

Last week, when I came home back from my university, I felt something was missing but I was so much tried to think or realize. I was so much hungry as well but no one said or asked me anything everything was normal yet disturbing and annoying. I went to my room and after sitting alone by myself for sometime I got to know that my mother was not at home.

Her absence at that moment was telling me the importance of her presence that we never realize. She is supposed to be there that’s all we know and we definitely want her to be there.

Would you give up everything you are doing and just to take care of your family? May be you say YES but we can never do it.

So, this article is for all the beautiful women of GB who have not achieved anything like an award or Oscar, who are not well-known. This is for all the women behind every successful person.

They can be achievers as well but they choose not to be, so that we can shine. They have sacrificed their career their time only for our comforts. They have there equal share in every success but unfortunately we have failed to give them the credit and honor they deserve. We as a society have never appreciated their efforts.

They are doing the world’s most challenging job with so much love. We never write or do anything for them. I never have heard of any activity and event for them. The only one I remember was adult literacy center Zulfiqarabad. Where these housewives would come together for learning but would enjoy as well. The sports week, the picnic and the trip to PDCN every event was great they had so much fun. They made new friends there. While teaching there I realized how much we neglect them and then we would say “mama u doesn’t know anything”. Today I want to salute all the housewives who have given up ‘life’ so that we could have a better future ahead.

Asma and Amna Zafar
Student COMSATS, Islamabad
Members The OEC

Empowered women, a Developed Nation

Yesterday, entire world celebrated, 8th March 2012 as “International Women’s Day” OEC believes, ”Empowered Women, Developed Nation”

Special messages presented on the occasion from the desk of President

“Role of educated and awared women, especially in the developing and under develop world is very critical for the development of family , society and ensuring modernity
OEC empowers women to contribute equally towards betterment of society”

Jibran Hayat
FAST National University(NU)
Organization for Educational Change

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Info Secretory:

We are the mothers, we are daughters, wives and sisters too,
Without us the world can’t move,
Man of the world realizes it too!
We should know the significance of this day. Happy women’s day

Bushra Alli
Gender Studies Student
Quaid-i-Azam University(QAU)

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Member Monitoring & Advisory Council

“You are the Half of the Society, and you raise the other half.
This is how high Your Status is.
Understand your role, major role you need to play in society”

Tajjallee Abid
Computer Science Student
FAST National University(NU)

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Member General Body:

“For the sake of equal opportunity in provision of same rights as men, there has been huge struggle across the board by women globally. yet, the underlying principles of equality have not been achieved. Though in comparison to earlier times, there has been an immense improvement in treatment of women around the globe. They are moderately more endowed with reverence relative to older epoch. Notably, they are connected to each other through the rich web which has made feasible the exchange of thoughts, values and voice convenient and costless.”

Anila Shafa
Member OEC
Economics Student
Lahore University of Management Sciences(LUMS) 

Educational Performance of Teenagers in Pakistan

Educational Performance of Teenagers in Pakistan: An Analysis and Policy Recommendations

As a semester project, I had carried out a research paper on Educational Performance of Teenagers in Pakistan.The results obtained were important and vital from the policy perspectives; therefore, I consider it as a fruitful option to share the findings of the paper so that readers could gain benefit and insight regarding the critical area of ‘education’.

Introduction:

The paper attempted to empirically examine the household, demographic and socio-economic determinants of school attendance, attainment of teenagers, age ranging from 13 to 19 years. The paper was based on the Pakistan Social and Living Standards Measurement Survey (PSLM, a national level survey conducted by the Federal Bureau of Statistics) 2005-06.This age represents an important transitional phase in the life cycle, during which an adolescent develops into an adult. It is also the period when a majority of individuals complete their education and enter the labour market.

As factors like school attendance, performance and attainment of individuals in this age group has an important bearing on their future socio-economic welfare, therefore, an analysis of their determinants will provide the policy makers with useful insights into the issues, so the appropriate and right policies and programs can be designed for increasing school enrolment and completion rates. As such initiatives can give higher returns at both individual and social level in the long run.

Improving the educational attainment of teenagers and ultimately strengthening their human capital base is vital if Pakistan has to fully exploit the upcoming demographic dividend, when the share of working age population is expected to increases relative to that of the dependent population.

Findings:

The following results were obtained.

In case of region that includes urban and rural areas, the teenagers in rural areas were at a disadvantageous position as compared to the urban areas in school attainment level. There can be various reasons for this gap primarily poverty being the prime factor. In addition to it, this gape can exist owing to low level of attention of government towards rural areas, weak infrastructures, less number of government schools, less incentive for private sector to provide education, low quality education, less qualified teachers and low level of awareness regarding the returns of education.

For the variable of province, relative to Punjab, the teenagers in other provinces have lesser chances of getting higher level of class passed. We can see that in Punjab the educational system is very strong as compared to other provinces of Pakistan. Private sector is vibrant in Punjab. As compared to other provinces, the funding for educational department in Punjab is higher. Various policies in past and present at provincial level can play a role in increasing the enrollment and attainment levels, like Parha-Likha Punjab etc.

For gender variable, there is less probability of female teenagers to get highest class passed as compared to male teenagers. This is the reason that the female literacy rate is lower as compared to male adult literacy rate in Pakistan. There are many reasons which can contribute to this gape including low level of years of schooling attainment for girls in Pakistan. In Pakistan, generally female are not give importance because of societal factors. Early marriages, females educational returns are gain by her husbands and his family are few factors. Also in rural areas it is quite difficult for girls to go out and study. There are less numbers of schools in villages for girls. Less number of female teachers can be another reason for low attainment level.

Policy Recommendations:

The result shows a regional disparity between rural and urban areas. Therefore, the government should devise special programs that target the rural areas to bring it in par with the urban areas. Government can collaborate with private sectors and non-governmental organization to ensure the maximum enrollment of students in rural areas. This will allow the student to get highest possible educational level. The government needs to channel additional resources into the rural area in order to increase the availability of schools, teachers and necessary infrastructures. With the help of various organizations, those are working for the rights and welfare of women in Pakistan, the government can designs programs to enhance the enrolment and attainment level of girls. The provinces of Baluchistan, KPK and Sindh were at disadvantageous positions as compared to Punjab. The government can increase the funding to the respective provincial educational department to increase the overall enrolment and attainment level of education at provincial level.

As the results were obtained based on national survey, these findings can hold of the region of Gilgit-Baltistan too, which shows that similar interpretation can be carried out.

Badar Muneer Baigal
Member M&A Council
Orgainization For Educational Change(OEC)
Student NUST, Islamabad

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A Response to “Elite vs deprived students of Gilgit Baltistan”

A Response to Naubahar’s Article Titled as “Elite vs deprived students of Gilgit Baltistan”

At first, the figures about educational problems given in the article are generalized. We should look at them by considering gender and urban/rural dichotomies. We will see a huge difference if we look at these facts and figures by considering these issues. We will come to know that how much boys of a specific area are acquiring education to particular level and how much of them are deprived from it and vice versa. We need to see how much females of Gilgit district (developed) are completing their matriculation or graduation as compare to the females of other underprivileged districts for example Ghanche? Likewise, we need to analyze intra gender educational differences across different districts. This would be very helpful for the government as well as for the NGO`s to invest fruitfully according to need of regions.

Secondly, In his article he has presented that lack of interest of students and parents and financial constraints as only factors causing low enrollments and high drop outs. I think the most important factor culture/tradition is missing. In some cultures people do not appreciate formal education (especially for girls). One of the reasons behind it may be that the people take formal education as westernization and send their sons to Madrassas and keep their daughters at home. So, it may cause high drop outs and low enrollments in some regions.

Finally, I do not agree with his statement that the dropout rate can bring frustration and hardships in life. If it is so then why the people who have a lot of knowledge get frustrated? They usually fail to get satisfaction so they face hard ships in life. And having a degree of specific level is not actually education. Majority of noble people are not “educated” (have any formal education) and some educated people (who have formal education) are not noble at all. So we should define the word “education” itself.

Apart from his article, I will recommend that instead of relying only on government, civil society must work with schools to produce effective results. The capacity of existing schools in terms of quality must be improved by enhancing teaching techniques and school environment. A class must be enriched with practical aspects of the text being taught. A school must be made a place where student enjoy curricular, co curricular and extracurricular opportunities.

Additionally, the uneducated”/dropped out people (having no formal educational degree) must be given a chance by the government (in any way) or NGOs to attain formal education at any age level. The well known Taleem Baligaan Program must be reintroduced and enforced, with more effective planning and designing.

Overall, we need to deal educational problems within context of each region and district. We need to look for social and cultural impediments faced by underprivileged students. The solution to educational polarization between elite and privileged students is to connect them. The privileged ones must take responsibility upon completion of education or during education, towards these underprivileged students. In conclusion, we need to search for multiple causes of educational problems, and find dynamic solutions.

Bushra Ali Shah
Member M&A Council
Organization For Educational Change(OEC)
Student QAU, Islamabad

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Fighting the Big Four Constraints(B4Cs) Faced By Deprived Students

A Proposed Solution and Role Of More Privileged Students: Fighting the Big Four Constraints(B4Cs) Faced By Deprived Ones

In Gilgit-Baltistan, the primary enrolment stands at 51%, which means only 51 out of every 100 students have access to primary school and remaining doesn’t even get an opportunity to see school. Adding to severity majority of students drop school at middle and matric level; leaving sheer majority of brilliants minds in menial jobs, and many just wandering around. This heinous dropout rate negatively affects already very low primary school enrollment, seeing others being dropped out, the parents might get a disincentive and don’t to send their children to school. They might send them at a mechanic shop to learn any technical skill or use them as as home labours, shepherds, and wood collectors etc. So, if Gilgit-baltistan has to develop and prosperous in future, it is important to deal with this grave situation in educational sector.  Apart from geographical, social and cultural impediments, based on my personal observation and experience, I have deduced that  students are compelled to leave school because of following  Four Constraints (4Cs):

1. Lack of Inspiration: An inspiration acts as insulin, it gives a person the will power to consistently fight and overcome all impediments in order to achieve a goal. It keeps a person moving towards a goal or an aim persistently. Mostly in remote areas of our region, those people who succeed in their lives and have the capacity to inspire others leave their home places and get settled in urban centres. Further, the teachers at schools fail to inspire their students instead they use archaic procedures making education less attractive for them. Finally, those students belonging to low income families rarely have any member to get inspired from. Thus, because of these vacuums, these students lack an inspiration or an urge to bear difficulties, set a higher goal and to have a bigger dream.

2. Lack of Guidance/Awareness: The information about educational opportunities, interesting fields, and  scientific wonders rarely reaches to these students. The core problem is that there is an information gap between existing opportunities and deserving students. For instance, we have two prestigious scholarships: National Outreach Program (NOP) and National Talent Hunt Program (NTHP) offered by prestigious institutes of country. Also, there are many scholarship provided by public sector and private sector for higher education, and secondary schooling. Similarly, there are various fee remissions and scholarships provided by higher secondary schools like Aga Khan Higher Secondary School (AKHSS) and Gilgit College of Commerce and Economics(GCCE) for deserving and needy students. These opportunities require proper planning right from middle school and primary. Unfortunately, very few students have access to information about these opportunities and quite often, those who have information belong to well off families , and  they succeed to grab it despite being non deserving or ineligible in real terms.  Due to lack of required information and awareness, many students of remote areas succumbed to hurdles and back out from  school. However not all, few manage to get rid of this informational gap and successfully compete and excell in life.  Therefore, it is important that the schools,  the more previleged students, and professionals provide the required guidance and awareness  to the the deprived ones at appropriate time.

3. Lack of Encouragement: I remember, when I was kid a very learned person from my village came to our house; I was accompanying my father in his work. The learned person advised my father to take me  out of  school and train me to become a carpenter. It was very discouraging for me because despite the fact that the learned person knew I was good at school, he tried to get me  off school instead of bucking me up. Thanks Allah and my under matric father, who dint follow the advice of that highly educated person and I successfully managed to reach a well reputed university of country. The lack of encouragement and presence of discouraging factors are aslo among major causes of drop outs; it kills the courage of students to pursue higher aims and goals. Therefore, it is needed that the educated people or the ones who have excelled in their lives pay frequent visits to their home villages, meet students and encourage them.

4. Lack of Finance: It acts as the last nail in the coffin, already faced with above mentioned problems, the financial restraints make sure that the students leave the school and opt for a short term menial jobs.  So, it is need of hour that both public and private sector invest more in education make it accessible and meaningful to the students of remote areas belonging to low income families.

I have full conviction that if students are provided with an inspiration, proper guidance and encouragment making them capable to set a bigger aim to pursue , they will break the shackles of financial restraints through hardwork. Because, in this world they need to create an opportunity for themselves, no one provides it at doorstep for free. Nonetheless, in extreme cases like orphanage, physical disability and extreme poverty, students must be provided with financial help.  By sorting out these  four constraints (4Cs), we can make sure that the students pursue education seriously and with full interest. They envision it as the only way out to change lives of their family, village, region and country.

To tackle these four constraints (4Cs), I see a strong role of youth especially those who are studying at higher universities of country. They are among more previleged students who have successfully made to higher studies at good institutions of country. They must make best use of their summer and winter breaks, team up and visit schools of remote areas of their respective regions. They must organize educational drives, act as role models for students, inspire them, provide them with required guidance and make them able to dream high and aim big. Teach them the small steps to achieve higher, and where needed hunt donors, sponsors and philanthropists to finance.

In this regard, it is pertinent to mention that for last couple of years Organization for Educational Change (OEC) has initiated various projects  directly dealing with these  four constraints (4Cs). It  unites the more previleged students from various regions under its umbrella. It organizes educational expos, prints a student magazine, runs a mobile helpline and  has an online version of magazine.  Further, it has initiated scholarship programs for deserving students. And, It has received its practical impact in form of a student reaching to a good institution previously having no direction in his life due to aforementioned problems. Likewise, following footsteps of OEC, many  student bodies  have started more a less similar campaigns.  Also, even some political student bodies have made provision of educational awareness part of their activities. Finally, a students led organization, The Milk Way Trust (TMT) is planning to fight the big fourth constraint of “Finance” at a massive level.

Overall, It is important that we carry on the a tradition  started,  to see a greater impact on youngsters in forthcoming years. Also, our public and private sectors must revisit it’s educational polices to sort out these four issues. Then, we can improve the school enrollment rates in our area through a collective action.  And, provide a chance for brilliant minds to excel  preparing themselves for leading the region and country in future.

Imtiaz Ali
Member M&A Council
Organization For Educational Change(OEC)

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Elite vs Deprived students of Gilgit Baltistan

Elite vs Deprived students of Gilgit Baltistan: Educational Polarization

According to the World Bank Economic Report On Gilgit-Baltistan, published in year 2010-11, In Gilgit Baltistan, we have a net primary school enrollment of 51%, net middle school enrolment of 17%, and only 14% Matric school Enrollment, it means, only 17 out of every 100 students end up at Middle level and only 14 out of every 100 students reach to matric level.

While going through this survey my heart was repeatedly asking me question. Don’t you think Gilgit Baltistan has been polarized in terms of education? Is it not true that same region is producing two different generations who have total different approach, mindset, and understanding level? Elite students of GB are those who acquire their basic education from reputed institutions of Gilgit Baltistan and in some way or other they find their way to the reputed universities of Pakistan. But the situation seems more pathetic when you see the other dimension. There are the regions in GB where students even don’t have access to basic primary level education. Although some of they get some basic education but the survey I have mentioned above is clearly depicting the true picture of Gilgit Baltistan.

In today’s world the significance of knowledge and the role of intellectuals in the development of society are critical. For the bright future of Gilgit Baltistan, the young generation should dive in the sea of knowledge. Only by acquiring the quality education we can fight for our identity, rights, justice and can bring positive change in Gilgit Baltistan.

It is the bitter pill of truth we must all swallow, our region is suffering from such high drop out rate and lot of fundamental questions need to be answer. Whether their parents are so ignorant that they don’t want to nurture and educate their children’s or they have some serious financial constraints which ultimately suffers their children’s career. Besides that, the role of government in promoting quality education in the far flung areas of Gilgit Baltistan is also questionable. It is utter reality that the standard of education in government schools and colleges in not up to the mark which can be affecting the students career. And there is another possibility which cannot be ruled out that if the students themselves are not interested towards their studies

It is true that the situation of Gilgit Baltistan is threatening and alarming in terms of new generation and their education. Due to such high dropout rate, the division of elite students and deprived students is clearly visible. Those deprived students who are the victims of this drop out rate they have just frustration and hardship in life. There is a huge possibility that this frustration may lead them to social evils. But at the same time, the elite students are thinking higher and higher and they want to achieve a lot in their life.

Being a citizen of Gilgit Baltistan think for a moment that who is going to play role in narrowing down this polarization. Don’t you think civil society has to come forward to think seriously over this issue? Government should revisit its educational policy and NGO’s should invest more in educational sector. This problem needs a long term and permanent solution. Although it is time consuming but still it is not late.

Naubahar Rafi
Member M&A Council
Organization For Educational Change(OEC)
Student FAST-NU Peshawer

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Inspiration: Shah Zaman | Founder of The Milky Way

The OEC authorship

Inspiration                                                                                                   19th Feb 2012

|Shahzaman Ali Agha | 

An outstanding member of youth of GB who initiated “The Milky Way” an organization that says “Today’s youth for Tomorrow’s Youth”. We had an Interview with Zaman about The Milky Way as well as his personal life.

The OEC: Please tell us about your background.
Zaman: I was born in a village Thoi of Yaseen on labour day, 1st may 1991, I brought up in Pakistan Military Academey Kakul Abbotabad, I studied there till class 8th when I got a scholarship for Beaconhouse School system from Hashoo Foundation. I did my O levels from the Beaconhouse school system with a distinction in Urdu literature as a result I was given brilliance in Pakistan award and Gold medal in 2008 from Cambridge University. I got into Roots college international and did my A levels. Now I am in NUST doing graduation in Mathematics at Centre for Advance Mathematics and Physics (CAMP) NUST H-12 Islamabad.
The OEC: Please give us a brief introduction to The Milky Way. What is the basic idea?
Zaman: Milky Way is my initiative for those who live in Milky Way, it is a youth led initiative with the aim to bring “Today’s youth for tomorrow’s youth”. We believe that we can only be able to do something for the society after completing our education and getting a job, but when we do that instead of doing something for the society we go for personal purposes so, the enthusiasm of doing something for the society fades away when we get into professional and family lives. Eventually we even forget the promises that we had once made with ourselves to play a vital role for the betterment of the society. Milky Way fills this gap between a very charged enthusiastic and jubilant imagination to a dead selfish introvert mind by its adoption concept.
Milky Way has given the youth a path to make a big change with a little contribution. This is a small practice for the youth to make something very big in the future. I believe the one who is adopting a child with his pocket money today will play a vital role to bring a change in the society when he is in professional life.
The OEC: What is the concept of adoption?
Zaman: Milky Way is the first in Pakistan who has introduced the concept of adoption; a donor adopts a needy and tallented child through Milky Way. The donor is given each and every detail about the child but the child is only aware that he is a scholar of Milky Way. As accountability the Milky Way shares annual fee receipts and academic reports annually with the donor. The donor is expected and encouraged to adopt the child till grade 12th and even after that if he/she wishes. We support the children in their local schools after that the child will be enrolled in prestigious institutions like AKHSS , Cadet college and others to ensure his/her bright future. It really works out for the college and university students as they can adopt a child by keeping in mind the years to get into their professional lives.
The OEC: How did the Idea of Milky way Evolved and how did it progress? Please give some explanations.
Zaman: I used to support three needy kids by paying their school fees in my village, I discussed that with my High School and College teacher, they appreciated me and extended their support by funding more children. I promised that I will share the fee receipts and academic reports of the children they are supporting. So this way the Idea of Adoption evolved in my mind and when I came to University I extended the idea to my friends, they were very kind that they accepted and started their support by adopting kids and expanding the program, they also helped me in organizing it like Abid Tashi who played a major role in making Milky Way what it is today?
The OEC: Tell us about Team Milky Way.
Zaman: Well my team is very hardworking and sincere in whatever they are doing. At Milky Way decisions and implementation happens very fast. Although we are not professionals but we believe that this is an opportunity for others to follow our footsteps. We a team of 14 members, 16 university ambassadors and upcoming regional ambassadors will Inshallah write a very bright page in the history of GB.
The OEC: Your vision for GB, with the help of Milky Way where do you wish GB to be in future?
Zaman: I have a broader vision for GB, I would like GB to be a place a kid has toys to play with in his childhood as he grows an opportunity to get quality education, an environment which could teach him the values of humanity and a society which could Provide him a good social status based on his merit. I want GB not to be a place where misery, beggary, poverty, illiteracy, homelessness and social evils are at its peak.
The OEC: How Milky Way will contribute to gain such an ideal society?
Zaman: If you go to the root causes of beggary homelessness and other social evils in our Mega cities you will find that these societies did not educate and groom their children as a result they had to pay the cost. Therefore Milky Way has focuses to educate the poor, orphans and talented students who otherwise remain illiterate and end up as a burden for the society. For Milky Way one child is one whole family. So we change one whole family by adopting their child.
The OEC: You have recently joined step up Pakistan, please tell us about Step up Pakistan and the reason why you joined it?
Zaman: Step UP Pakistan is an initiative by Ali Moeen Nawazish to bring a change with the youth of power, Milky Way joined step UP Pakistan to step UP Gilgit Baltistan through our adopt a child program. Milky Way will adopt around 600 students from various remote regions of Gilgit Baltistan.
The OEC: What do you expect from the youth of GB for The Milky Way, What would be your message for the youth?
Zaman: As Milky Way is a youth led initiative to bring a social change by educating young minds. This aim cannot be achieved without the support of youth, I would like the youth to join us as volunteers, regional ambassador, university and college ambassadors. The Volunteer form will soon be available on the website and Facebook page of Milky Way.
Milky Way can only achieve the desired results in a specific region if the youth there supports us in launching our adoption program so, it all depends on the youth how they cooperate Milky Way. I believe that if we by the power of youth adopt 600 students from all over G-B then after few years of hard work GB will never be the same.
The OEC: Thank you for the time you gave us, we wish you and Milky Way a long and successful spin. The OEC will support and cooperate with you and Inshallah we will have a good cooperation for Gilgit-Baltistan.

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Bimonthly Think-In: An Exclusive Interview with Muhammad Naeem

Exclusive Interview With An Ideal Student of Cadet College Skardu (CCS)
|Muhammad Naeem|
Only cadet who secured his name twice on the Princpal’s honour list of Cadet College Skardu, Gilgit-Baltistan

The Educure: Tell us something about your academic background?

I studied at Army Public school Skardu till class 8. Then I got admission at Cadet College Skardu. After completing my intermediate,I joined King Edward Medical University.

The Educure:Your aim of life?
To live a respectable and satisfied life.

The Educure: Who influenced you?
My parents. Then Allama Iqbal.

The Educure: Define success?
After an achievement when you feel that you have been justly rewarded.

The Educure: Challenging period in your academic life?

Exams are still the challenging periods in my academic life.

 The Educure: Role of money in education?
Ideally it shouldn’t play any role but nowadays it has become indispensable.

The Educure: Difference between rural and urban education?
Rural education does not even qualify the definition of ”education”.

The Educure: Define education?
A channel through which a person learns how to appreciate himself and his surroundings.

The Educure: How you define failure?
An inability to accomplish a thing that one is capable of.

The Educure: Role of education in personal development?
Education does not mean ”ability to read or write”. An illiterate person is educated if his personal behaviours are morally acceptable.

The Educure: Any community service you done?
I wish I find a chance.

The Educure: Any suggestion?

Perseverance is the key to success. OEC must be vibrant and active at all the levels of the society.         Best for OEC.

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