A Debate on Global Peace | Is Peace achievable ?

Is Peace achievable? The younger generations thoughts.

This was a Question raised by a young lady Aaliya Yasmeen Khan of a facebook group name”Global Friends for Peace” and in the response some other members of the group had some interesting discussions. It turned into a very meaningful debate,  the exact question that was asked was
“Is Peace achievable? hmmm is it??….well yes Peace is achievable. We currently have the knowledge, technology and infrastructure to achieve peace. So what is the problem? Motivation? World leaders are motivated to work together in co-operation to achieve world peace (hence a management or leadership problem). And the world’s people have not been motivated to motivate their political leaders (a civic problem). What should we do as an individual to bring peace in the entire world… If not in the entire world in our own community?”

In response to the question Khayam Muhammad Beg, Xafar Amna, Ali Taj and Abid Karim Tashi added their thoughts along with them Aaliya herself was participating in the discussion as well. Cheryl Carruth was also monitoring the discussion, and giving feedback

According to  Khayam Muhammad Beg “We dont know. .. How to love? If we start loving . Peace will be achieved. Right now we are in a misbelief that we know how to love ? Want to find peace? Than we need to search peace inside our selves… Litting the candle of peace wig in our selves first..”
While Xafar Aamna only added that acceptance is required to bring peace.

Imtia Ali Taj took an important dimension, i.e political point of view and said “It is impossible till big brothers of world learn not to make use of helplessness and weakness of younger ones their favorite good in market of power politics! Secondly, it is impossible till younger ones learn to raise themselves up and try to be self dependant not on big bros. Nowadays, we see one side severe dependence of youngers on big bros, in returns big bros abuse it resulting into backfires from some younger ones, creating wild cummotions in world!” the statement was praised by four of them

Aaliya was disagreeing to Ali but she did not mention the reason or there was no any further explanation,

Abid Karim Tashi taking the human behavior into account explained the other dimension as “In a world where due to materialism it has become difficult to foster and achieve peace even at your home level, it is quite difficult to bring peace at global scale. ” further adding he said “what we can do is just vote for the right person and it is very difficult to get a leader who thinks about bringing peace at global scale.” he also touched the political design that has been set up for the people to deal with the global community.

In response to Tashi, Aaliya said “you are talking about voting which means politics, which is not gonna bring peace. whether we choose the right person or not…”

 

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Story Behind Lalak Jaan Chowk DHA Lahore: |From Yaseen Valley to Kargil War|

_______________Lalak Jaan Chowk DHA, Lahore Cantt_________________

Each time you curse your nation. Each time you think its hopeless, remember that someone somewhere is ready to give their life for that very nation, remember that someone somewhere already has. This is the story of Havaldar Lalak Jan Shaheed.

We cross landmark buildings, roads, monuments and roundabouts on a daily basis. We regularly use their names to find addresses, but we choose to pay little attention to what these landmarks actually represent. The true stories behind them lay hidden in the dust of ignorance. From today we start a journey in which we would celebrate the sacrifices of the people who’ve been landmarked, not because of their political power or media presence, but because of unbounded patriotism and sheer courage.

If you are a Lahori, you simply know where Lalak Chowk is. If you’re not, its in the heart of DHA Lahore, only a couple of seconds away from Pakistan’s top business university – LUMS. As a student of Lahore School of Economics, I used to cross this particular chowk every single day of my life with little appreciation for the man who represents it. Afterall, it was just a roundabout and the name didn’t matter much. Only a couple of days back I googled it up and found the most amazing tale of bravery and martyrdom I have ever come across. Here it goes …

On 1st July 1999, the 18th Grenadiers Battalion (India) launched a fierce attack on Tiger Hill, occupied by the Pakistani Army, under cover of heavy artillery shelling around the bunkers. Subedar Sikandar sneaked across the Line of Control and placed his men in well-entrenched positions, and managed to repulse the attack without any loss of life on their own part.

On the morning of 2nd July 1999, hoping to use the cover of the mist, the 18th Grenadiers launched another intense attack on Tiger Hills. Realizing the great difficulty in holding their previous positions that had been spotted and zeroed-in by the Indian artilliery deployed below, Subedar Sikandar ordered his men to retreat to secondary positions around a secret bunker. Once the men were secure, he directed Lalak Jan to descend Tiger Hill and, amidst the Indian Artillery shelling, plant the landmines in the area in front of the Indian forces. Though this was deemed a nearly impossible task by all, the Subedar and the 2IC agreed that this task was very important, if they were to make a dent in the Indian offensive. Planting the landmines was the only way for them to neutralize the Indian armor and artillery, as the men of 12th NLI did not have any heavy/armour-piercing weaponry; their light-attack unguided RPG-7s were inadequate for the task. They were hoping that the mist under which the Indians were attacking would help Lalak Jan, and that the Indians would not be expecting such an audacious and surprising move from the men holed up above.

Accepting the daunting task, Lalak Jan descended Tiger Hills in the mist. He was provided as fierce a cover as possible to keep the Indians distracted. Lalak Jan, born and raised in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountain Ranges in northern Pakistan, used his natural mountaineering abilities to the fullest, and managed to plant the landmines in such a manner that the Indians would encounter them as soon as they tried to move forward to new positions higher up towards the hill. Lalak Jan returned to 12th NLI’s position, having successfully completed this mission. The trap was now set, the men had to lure the Indian forces into it. Subedar Sikandar told his men to gradually reduce the firing to a standstill.

About two hours after firing ceased from the Pakistan side, the Indians ventured forward, hoping that they’d managed to clear the area of the 12th NLI. The landmines planted by Lalak Jan wrought havoc to their forward movements. The Indians are believed to have suffered heavy casualties, suffering losses in both men and armor. This incident was not publicized by the Indian side however, due to which the exact amount of damage is not known. The damage was severe enough, in any case, that 18th Grenadiers battalion did not attack the Tiger Hills positions for around half a week, until support arrived in the form of another Indian Unit.

On 6 July, both the 18th Grenadiers battalion and the 8th Sikh battalion launched a combined attack on Tiger Hills, in what many consider one of the fiercest battles of the Kargil Operation. Detachments of Indian soldiers launched an attack from the very high, steep side of the hills. The 12th NLI was not expecting an attack from this side, and it took them by surprise. The NLI fought this battle at a heavy cost. Over half the 12th NLI unit’s strength was lost in the fighting that ensued, suffering 80 casualties out of the unit’s total strength of around 130. Casualties including Subedar Sikander, who had commanded the unit in this battle so far. In the course of the fighting that ensued, some bunker fortifications held by the NLI unit were completely destroyed by the Indians, launching surprise attacks and dropping grenades into them.

Towards the end of the engagement, only Havaldar Lalak Jan and three other men remained. The onslaught of the Indians was continuing and they were rapidly advancing towards capturing the hills. Lalak Jan, now the senior most person around, placed his three men in strategic positions, assigning two to three positions per person, and ordering them to rapidly fire from different positions. These men, pitted against an enemy vastly superior in number and weaponry, managed to repulse the Indian onslaught, in a saga of sheer courage and great determination.

On 7 July 1999, the 18th Grenadiers battalion and the 8th Sikh unit launched yet another combined offensive. This time they succeeded in their attack. Two of Lalak Jan’s men were killed, and Lalak Jan and his only other remaining comrade in arms, Bakhmal Jan were both seriously injured. Not giving up, Lalak Jan got hold of a LMG and while Bakhmal Jan provided him with the ammunition, and the two men desperately kept trying to repulse the Indian attack. Lalak Jan’s left arm had been rendered useless after receiving bullet wounds to it. Bakhmal Jan, unable to sustain his grave injuries, died while supplying the ammunition to Lalak Jan.

From there on, this story shapes into one of the most stunning demonstrations of determination and courage in military history. After the Indian offensive had subsided, reinforcements (50 to 60 men) were sent to Tiger Hill under Captain Amir. When he saw the condition of Lalak Jan he told him to go back to the base camp on account of his severe injuries, his arm being shot and completely limp, and in no condition to be used. Lalak Jan told the captain that he did not want to die on a hospital bed, and would rather die in the battlefield. He reassured his Captain that he should not worry about the bullet wounds in his arm, that he could still be of more use in the battlefield.

Around this time, soon after Captain Amir’s reinforcements arrived, the Indians started shelling from a secret, out-of-sight bunker in an adjacent hill. The command of the handful of troops at Tiger Hill had been taken up by Captain Amir. He realized that the fire was coming from a secret bunker and also directed fire towards it, but zeroing in and targeting the bunker proved exceedingly difficult. There was only one way left to counter the secret Indian bunker; it had to be blown up from a closer range.

Lalak Jan, despite his injuries, volunteered for the mission, but his plea was rejected by the captain. Having significant experience of the mountains himself, the captain was of the opinion that he would be the best man to do it, himself. The captain relented in the end, on Lalak Jan’s persistent insistence that his audacious landmine installation experience and his mountaineering skills would enable him to have a fighting chance to complete this task.

Lalak Jan put a bag of explosives on his back, and while shouldering an AK-47 descended Tiger Hills for the second time, again amidst heavy Indian shelling. Managing to avoid being seen by the Indian forces, and utilizing his knowledge of the surrounding hills to take cover, he located the secret bunker and threw the explosives inside the bunker.

The bunker, which incidentally was also an ammunition dump, blew up in a very big blast. Lalak Jan managed to take cover, and the Indian Army lost 16 men inside and nearby the bunker. The other Indian soldiers saw Lalak Jan and opened fire on him. Surrounded from all sides by Indian fire, Lalak Jan made a valiant effort to resist and returned fire. He sustained grave injuries, especially as a result of heavy mortar shelling.

On 15 September 1999, the commanding officer of 12th NLI sent two Special Service Group Comando groups to Tiger Hills to recover the body of Lalak Jan. The two forces were designated ‘Ababeel’ and ‘Uqaab’(Eagle). Ababeel provided the fire cover while Uqaab went into the destroyed enemy bunker to retrieve the body of Lalak Jan. When his body was found, Havaldar Lalak Jan had his AK-47 firmly clinched to his chest. Lalak Jan became only the 10th soldier ever to have been awarded Nishan-i-Haider, Pakistan’s highest military award for extraordinary gallantry. I have No MORE words to say. If you’re proud – share it

Originally posted at PakistansMatters.Net

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Sports @ OEC: GB Independence Soccer Tournament, Islamabad

 

|SIXTEEN TEAMS, ONE WINNER, ONE GB|

GB Independence Soccer Gala Islmabad, 2011

Organizers: Balawarsitan National Student Organization

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Event: Soccer Gala
Location: Islamabad

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RecentlyGB Independence Soccer Gala was held in G9/1 football ground, Islamabad. In this event a total of 16 teams from different areas of GB participated,  teams comprised of students studying in different universities and colleges of Islamabad and Pindi.

Silipi Eleven, has won the final whereas Yasin Baadshahs turned out be runner up of the competition. Mr Abdul Jahan, CEO MIED was Chief guest for final. Overall, the soccer fiesta provided students and youth of GB with a chance to get together, prove their athletic skills and promote mutual understanding leading to peace, onenness and brotherhood.

GB Independence soccer gala was organised by Balawaristan National Students Organization Islamabad.

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Cover Story: Six IBA National Talent Hunt Program Scholars From GB For Year 2011-15

IBA National Talent Hunt Program Scholars For Year 2011-15 From GB

 

OEC extends heartiest felicitions and prayers to high flyers of Gilgit-Baltistan. We hope that after completing their studies, these young men and women will serve the region and country to best of their capacities. The names of NTHP scholars from GB are:

Syeed Naveed-ul-Kamil, AKHSS Gilgit (NTHPain)
Afsar Jan, AKHSS Gilgit (NTHPain)
Karim Khan,  AKHSS Gilgit (NTHPain)
Salahudin, AKHSS Gilgit (NTHPain)
Talat Fida, Cadit College (NTHPian)
Salahudin, AKHSS Gilgit(NTHPian)

OEC appreciates collective effort by  IBA undergraduates of Batch 2014:

  • Mehtaba Hidayat from AKHSS Hunza (NTHPian)
  • Lubna shemsher from AKHSS Hunza (NTHPain)
  • Samina Kanwal from AKHSS Hunza (NTHPain)

They provided new comers with necessary counselling and guidance, making their way easy to prestigious insitution throug National Talent Hunt Program(NTHP).

 

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GB Students making to the Top Universities of Pakistan, 2011

|Freshies:2011| From GB in Top Universities of Pakistan

OEC team heartly congratulates the students of GB who have succeeded in getting admissions in the top institutes of Pakistan, it is the result of their hard work, dedication of their teachers and prayers of their parents and the people.  We hope they will prove to be the most important assets of nation and will contribute to make Gilgit Baltistan and Pakistan, a much more prosperous and peaceful place and set an example.

Lahore University of Management & SLahore University of Management sciencesciences(LUMS)

      • Rashid Ali Haideri, Sumayar, Nagar Gilgit. School of Humanities Social Sciences.
      • Awais Ali Khan, Central Gilgit.  Accounting and Finance.
      • Yahya, Skardu. School of Sciences and Engineering.
      • Quratullain, Skardu. School of Sciences and Engineering.
      • Izhar Ali, Sultanabad & Hunza.  School of Social Sciences and Humanitie

Institute of Business Adminstration, Karachi(IBA)

Lahore University of Management sciences

 

  • Syeed Naveed-ul-Kamil, AKHSS Gilgit
  • Afsar Jan, AKHSS Gilgit
  • Karim Khan, AKHSS Gilgit
  • Salahudin,AKHSSGilgit
  • Talat Fida, Cadet College
  • Salahudin, AKHSS Gilgit

National University of Science & Technol(NUST)National university for sciences and technology

      • Waqas Johar, Sassi Haramosh, Gilgit. NUST Institute of Civil Engineering.
      • Zafar Iqbql, Skardu, NUST Institute of Civil Engineering.
      • Ikram Ullah Khan, Gilgit,NUST Institute of Civil Engineering.
      • Shabir Muhammad, Yasin, Ghizer , NUST business school.
      • Suhaib Uddin,  Gilgit. NUST Business School.
      • Asghar Ali, Gojal Hunza Gilgit, School of Arts Design and Architecture SADA
      • Adnan Haider, Hunza, School of Arts Design and Architecture (SADA)
      • Kausar Parveen, Khanabad Hunza, SEECS software Engineering.
      • Shabana Batool, Skardu, NUST Institute of Civil Engineering.
      • Munira Khanum, Danyore Gilgit, SEECS Software Engineering.
      • Rida Urooj, Punyal, Institute of Environmental Sciences and Engineering.
      • Nilofer Raza, Gojal Hunza, Institute of Environmental Sciences and Engineering.
      • Imran Khan, Punyal,  Institute of Environmental Sciences and Engineering.
      • Wasim Baig, Gilgit, College of Advance Mathematics and Physics.
      • Sarfaraz, Hunza, College of Advance Mathematics and Physics.
      • Imran Khan, Ishkomen, Ghizer, BPA NUST Business School.
      • Syed Asad Ali Shah, Nomal Gilgit, BBA NUST Business School.

Ghulam Ishaque Khan Institute of Science & EngineeringGhulam Ishaq Khan Institute(GIKI)

      • Gohar Aman Kerisgone Tehsil Khapulu. Faculty of Material Science and Engineering.
      • Mubarak Hussain, Rondu. Baltistan. Faculty of Engineering Science.
      • Syed Jamal uddin Musavi Khanka, Khapulu,  Ganche Faculty of Computer Science.
      • Arif Hussain Shigar, Skurdu. Faculty of Computer engineering.
      • Shamsul Hasan, Siksa,Khapulu,  Ganche.
      • Zulfiqar Ali Chaboi, Hassanabad, Hunza. Faculty of Mechanical engineering.
      • Sadr Uddin, Khanabad, Hunza. Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.

Note: Send us your info, if you are freshman in any university of Pakistan.

*Freshmen or Freshies: All newly admitted students in university

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USEF Pakistan undergraduate exchange programe

Study in United States for One Semester.

2012 undergraduate exchange programe by United states education foundation Pakistan

USEF pakistan has announced the undergraduate exchange programe 2012. Some of the important points to be noted are

  • Women, minorities and persons belonging to Gilgit Baltistan and FATA are strongly encouraged.
  • Many students of Gilgit Baltistan have previously been sent for the Student exchange programs!!
  • one semester of full time, non degree academic studies in United States.. further  information in the image below, please click to enlarge
(Note: OEC doesn’t have any official association with USEF Pakistan, this is for purpose of  general awareness)

students exchange to america from pakistan

Registration form | Reference Letter | Special Instructions

for further information and registration www.usefpakistan.org  

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The Young researcher of Gilgit Baltistan | Displayed the Quality of Education

The young boy who stunned the Top University Students of Pakistan!!

A young 19 years boy, Studying in Punjab college of Information Technology  and doing FSc, Surprised everyone when he got the first prize in the event “youth researcher” beating student researchers of the top universities of Pakistan like NUST, LUMS, GIKI and other renowned institutions during Pakistan Mathematical Olympiad and young researchers Conference in Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute (GIKI).

Ehsam Was Yesterday Awarded with the Award of Excellence by Punjab Group of Colleges and Punjab education task force

Ehsam ullah baig the young researcher

Ehsam

And more luckily and surprisingly the boy belonged to Gilgit Baltistan.

He is Ehsam Ullah Baig, Belonging to Gulmit Gojal, born in Giligit in November 1991, Started his education from Al-Azhar Model School Gilgit. Then studied in Public Schools & Colleges Gilgit. Now he is in PCIT in Islamabad.

The OEC team reached Ehsam and requested him to let us know about his work. We are very thankful to Ehsam for his kind cooperation and we also congratulate him on his Success. We wish him a very bright future.

Bellow is the Story that Ehsam has shared with us.

About me:
I was not an intelligent and extra ordinary student from childhood. I always was a mediocre student. But, physics was my favorite subject. I always loved to work related to physics. Last year when I was in 1st year, I read a chapter in my physics book which was about “Resonance”. I took interest in it and started to think about it. In that chapter, I learned about the destruction of “Tacoma Bridge” which was a suspension bridge in USA, which was collapsed after 3 months of its construction. I took a point from its destruction that was “as there are number of suspension bridges in GB why they are still in their working condition? that was my point and that was the starting brick of my work.>
Research work:

Ehsam recieving the award at GIKI

Ehsam Recieving the winning Award in GIKI

I started work to find the reason of the destruction of Tacoma Bridge. In the month of July i went to Gilgit and started to study about the suspension bridges. I took under consideration the “Suspension Bridge Of Danyore” (near KIU). I studied about it in detail. Then I started to write my research in an appropriate form. When I was writing my paper an idea came in my mind to make this effect as a LAW of physics. As I was writing my paper I got an invitation of a Youth Researcher Conference which was held in GIK(Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute).I finalized my paper and send it to that conference my abstract was selected. They called me to attend the conference which was held by the end of September. I went to GIK which no doubt is one of the best engineering university of Pakistan. I was shocked when i saw the participants of the conference three students were from LUMS and 3 from GIKI and they were doing there BS. I was the only college student from Pakistan. I was first time presenting my work in such big event. We all were seated in a big hall on the day. My presentation was on 4th number. When the comparer called me on the stage I just said “Oh God!! Help me please”.  But when I went on stage I was full of confidence but don’t know how it happened I presented my work in 25 minutes and 10 minutes were for cross questions from the judges and audience there were national and international judges who were judging my work and a large number of students from different universities, colleges and schools from Pakistan. Everyone appreciated my work which made me happier and satisfactory. The other thing which I liked there was the events which were organized by GIK for us. Lectures of the well known educationist of our country and etc.

 

Achievements:

It was again a surprising news for me when In the closing ceremony during the prize distribution it was announced that I got the award of “Presenting Best Technical Paper” .I was not believing my ears. I also got the award of “Excellence” from Punjab group of colleges after performing in GIKI. I am also nominated for “Green award of Distinction” and I was really very happy when last night got an email from GIK that I am elected as a Youth Ambassador of GIK. And I hope still many awards are waiting for me

Inspiration:

I never get inspired from anyone in my life. I always inspire from myself because I know I can do everything that I want. I was inspired from my mind before starting my research work i examine my ability and I came to the point that I am going do this. A very interesting thing about me is that everyone thinks that I have got good percentage in my Exams but I never got good marks in my life I have got only 60 percent in matric and 75 percent in my FSc. I never believe in good marks, I believe in excellence only

Message to youth:

Ehsam presenting his work at GIKI

Presentation of research

Set a goal, believe in yourself and just go for it.sky should be the limit and be proud being a Pakistani. Serve for your nation, don’t think for yourself always and for science students only I will tell that make new researches in your fields.

 

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G-Bianz glare in AKU-EB SSC and HSSC Examinations 2011

The Talented High Achieving Students of Gilgit Baltistan made all GBianz proud

In the SSC and HSSC examinations 2011 conducted by AKU-EB (Aga Khan University Examination Board) the young Shining stars of Gilgit Baltistan showed the fullest of their abilities and gave surprizing results at national Level. The Students of Giligit Baltistan Grabbed more than 26 positions all over. This is a miraculous achievement in the educational history of Gilgit Baltistan.
These achievements show the abilities of the students of the region and give a strong message that Gilgit Baltistan has the future!!
The OEC officials emmensly congratulate all the achieveres and feels proud of all of them. We wish and pray that this process continues and even improves further. The OEC requests all the achievers to keep the feelings for our wonderful G-B in your hearts and work further hard to take GB to the best possible heights.
As said by Sir Mir Baiz ,

We will make You a place for the world to see.

List of the High Achievers are given bellow.

Subject Topers

SSC 1

  • Mohd Mehdi .AKHSS Gilgit. ISlamiyat and maths
  • Irum Baig ,AKHSS Hunza, Pakistan Studies.
  • Shazia AKHSS Hunza, Physics.
  • Soniya AKHSS Hunza, Chemistry.

SSC 2

  • Shabana.  AKHSS Hunza, Urdu.
  • Mohd Sadiq. AKHSS,Gilgit. Pakistan Studies, chemistry ,biology and physics

HSSC 1

  • Nasir Abbas, AKHSS Gilgit, Maths,
  • Adil Shah .AKHSS, ghk Physics and chemistry
  • Shahid Iqbal AKHSS Gilgit, Principles of accounting
  • Mohd hassan AKHSS Gilgit, Maths

HSSC 2

  • Asma Gulab , AKHSS,Hunza. English and Biology.
  • Nelufar Raza ,  Akhss, Hunza Chemistry.
  • Mohd Qasim.  Akhss,Gilgit. Islamiyat.
  • Basharat Khan. Akhss,Gilgit Maths.
  • Mehnaz Hasrat. Akhss,ghk Physics
  • Ali Hassan Butt , Akhss,alt , (Commercial geography, principles of economics, principles of commerce, business mathematics and banking)
  • Abdul Muneem.  AKHSS Gilgit. Business statitics.
  • Khalid Hussain. AKHSS Gilgit, banking.
  • Tahir Zaman , AKHSS Gilgit. Commercial Geography

Overall Positions :

  • Mohd Sadiq.  Akhss,glt 3rd position in Science group SSC 1
  • Asma Gulab , AKHSS,Hunza. 1st position in Pre-medical HSSC
  • Nelufar Raza AKHSS,H 2nd position in pre-engineering HSSC
  • Arifa aziz 1st poistion, SEDNA hunza. Science General
  • Benish rahman 2nd position SEDNA in science general
  • Anila 3rd SEDNA in science general

 

Picture of some of the students  with Shehzad Roy

The High Achievers picture with Shehzad Roy


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For a Gilgit school, the wait for teachers seems unending

For the 100 students at Boys Primary School Konodas, there are seven teachers. Of them, only two teachers were in school last week, while the rest were “about to return soon.”

With such few teachers, there is little to do in class and majority of the students were seen wandering outside the classroom. But despite this, the students seem determined and have high aspirations. “I want to be a doctor and for that I need to get admission in a good school after my primary education,” said a fifth grade student Shahzeb, seemingly sure of his future plans.

The parents, however, are grateful for what they have. Essa Khan, whose child studies at the school said that he was lucky the education was free. “What else could a man like me do, but to avail the opportunity? Do you think I can afford to enrol my son in a private school?” he said.

The school is barely 100 meters away from the central directorate of education of the capital city. For the schools located in remote valleys of district Diamer, Astore, Ghizer and Ghanche, the condition is much worse.

Often during winters, schools in the valley remain cut off due to heavy snowfall. Despite the harsh winters, there are many schools without buildings, drinking water, furniture and other basic facilities.

Government claims

According to the 1998 census, the literacy rate in the region was 37 per cent, but the education department claims that it has now increased to 50%.

Chief Minister Mehdi Shah says that education is the topmost priority of his government, with 11.4% of the budget allocated to education. Shah claims his government has resolved the decades-long issues of teachers, enabling them to concentrate on education instead of politics.

But there are some things that go contrary to the government’s claims. In the heart of Gilgit city, the region’s first educational institution, a primary school built in 1893 that was later upgraded to a high school, was demolished for “security reasons” and to meet modern-day requirements. Historians call the school the “Aligarh University” of the region. But nearly nine years after the building was demolished, the structure lies incomplete.

Number of schools

Presently, the district has 1,300 primary schools in valleys across the region, with over 2,800 teachers employed of whom 1,000 are women. The qualification of most of the teachers in the primary schools ranges from Matriculation to a B.A.  Students enrolled in these schools are 82,071, of which more than 40,000 are girls, according to government statistics.

Edited by Zehra Abid

Published in The Express Tribune, October 17th, 2011.

 

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A Quest for Change | Urdu Poetry

Urdu Poetry by a Young Thinker of G-B

A Quest for Changepoetry by zahra hunzaiThe Poetess is a student and belongs to Hunza, she is profound in her thoughts and expressions.  She has written many other prose and OEC blog will keep discovering such wonderful Pearls of the north..

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