Education is not about merely learning facts; it is more than this. In essence, education must be transformative. But, alas, education is neither transformative nor does it inculcate moral and ethical values, especially in the context of Kashmir.
Its unfortunate that we are oblivious of both Islam and modern education.
I will narrate a factual incident that might illustrate the foregoing statement.
A couple of months back, I ran into a family event that underscored my belief in the value of real education- and not merely its obverse. There was an unremitting brawl among five sisters and a brother. Despite being educated, they were divided into two groups, always jeering at one another. The elder sister and a brother were on one side, and the other four sisters on the other. The fight was going as to the divvy up of property (home) that belongs to their father.
One day, the fight amongst them reached up to such a level that they were getting names and abuses from the young and the old in society. Each sister fell upon the other. Even their father got mauled in what was amounted to reckless and tempestuous affray. Ultimately, the elder sister and the brother overcame others and the rest had to relent despite the fact they had contributed much to the property (home).
Burying the hatchet and maintaining mental calmness, when falling prey to such situations- which have devastating repercussions, is not possible without being civilized and well-disciplined. It is only a well-developed education system that bestows on us such qualities and doesnt allow us to stoop to low levels.
Everything is possiblethe only requirement is that of continuous hard work to transform ourselves and our children into civilized people, who know how to act and react when faced with problematic or complex situations, through prudent education.
Peer Faizan Bashir
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