Education and Technology

by Sarmast Bilawal Khuhro on 23rd April, 2014 at 6:12 PM CEST

Education is hope, Education is power and Education is contentment. It is of utmost importance that a society must be educated in order to prosper. Only 15 years ago the attainment of education was not that easy mainly due to lack of facilities mainly in underdeveloped nations. Illiteracy rates were high and due to lack of infrastructure, conveniences, proper planning and policy making education was not available to everyone. Primary education for a child is very important but due to poor economies in countries like Pakistan, India and many countries in Africa it was very difficult for the children to attain standard primary education. Schools were either not available for many areas or they lacked proper teachers, there was a lack of text books. It was really difficult to gain standard education and this deficiency would waste a lot of talent. 

Education provide better jobs leading to better living conditions and this will be ultimately adding to GDP of the countries. But due to lack of resources a lot of talent was wasted. 
But these phenomena changed due to the Technology (mainly internet connectivity) which made it easier for us to seek education easily and inexpensively. 

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With the advent of 3G and 4G we have witnessed a lot of technological advancements in different fields including the field of education. Now the world is in a different era where we are connected through internet we have access to a lot of information available on internet. Our communication with each other is easier and cheaper. 

Bringing the discussion in focus to Pakistan now, I wanted to point out on how our country is slowly and gradually coping up with illiteracy. But we still need to go a long way and concrete change can be brought about by taking the following steps possibly: 

1. Ghost schools should be reopened and proper check and balance must take place. 
2. Concept of virtual schools in areas where teachers are not available. 
3. MOOCs must be utilized for higher education. 
4. Since mobile phones are easily available to major chunk of population in Pakistan hence educational channels must be set up by NGOs or government via FM channels. 
5. Educational channels on TV must be available for home schooling purposes. 

In Pakistan my father, me and my brother are working on developing a system of teaching methodology which will be based on use of technology. The first step has been completed and we are soon going to launch a website www.asaantaleem.com. This website will help willing students who are eager to study but are unable to do so due to lack of resources and opportunities. In the next step we will work on developing virtual schools where students will be able to study from and have a virtual classroom setup where they will be able to learn and share amongst other students.

Our governments have finally launched education programs which will be helpful for underprivileged students such as “Parh likha Punjab” (well educated Punjab) “Sindh taleem tariqi” (Sindh’s educational advancements). Such programs will help our education system and we will be able to further the cause by incorporating majority of underprivileged students who were previously not able to study.
Technology has made it easy for us to purchase gadgets such as Tablets, Fablets and Phones etc. these gadgets can play a very important role. If 3G and 4G is introduced in Pakistan this will make it easy for almost everyone to have access to information. 
Earlier it was really difficult for students at graduate levels to complete their studies because they needed a vast and extensive reference study but now thanks to online journals or advanced google search it has become really easy for them to access vast stores of information. 
Technology has revolutionized the education system here, and it has lot of potential to improve. Technology will help the underprivileged to be at par with the world. 

Wilde Dreams Chronicle by Sarmast Bilawal Khuhro (Pakistan), Action Team #12

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