Education and Development Projects
Education is often a privilege enjoyed by the rich and the affluent in many developing countries. Coverage of effective basic education can have a powerfully preventive role in reducing human insecurity of nearly every kind.
The elementary fact that illiteracy and innumeracy are forms of insecurity in themselves, not to be able to read or write or count or communicate is a tremendous deprivation. The extreme case of insecurity is the certainty of deprivation, and the absence of any chance of avoiding that fate. The first and most immediate contribution of successful school education is a direct reduction of this basic deprivation – this extreme insecurity – which continues to ruin the lives of a large part of the global population.
It is remarkable to find how the parents from even the poorest and most depressed families long to give basic education to their children, to make them grow up without the terrible handicaps from which they, the parents, had themselves suffered.
There are many obstacles in giving shape to the dreams of parents. The economic circumstances of the families often make it very hard for them to send their children to school, particularly when there are fees to be paid.
In addition to the issue of affordability there are other obstacles as well – schools are sometimes very thinly staffed, many primary schools in more deprived areas have only one teacher. Moreover, parents are often worried about the safety of children, especially when it comes to girls (particularly in case the teacher fails to turn up, which seems to happen often enough in many poorer countries). Quite often, the parents’ reluctance has a rational basis, and these gaps too need to be addressed.
Basic education can be very important in helping people to get jobs and gainful employment. This economic connection, while always present, is particularly critical in a rapidly globalising world in which quality control and production according to strict specification can be crucial.
When people are illiterate, their ability to understand and invoke their legal rights can be very limited, and educational neglect can also lead to other kinds of deprivation. Indeed, this tends to be a persistent problem for people at the bottom of the ladder, whose rights are often effectively alienated because of their inability to read and see what they are entitled to demand and how.
Education and Health
Basic education can play a major role in tackling health problems in general and epidemics in particular. General education can broaden a person’s lines of thinking and generate social understanding in ways that may be extremely important in facing epidemiological problems. Indeed, some studies have suggested that general school education has a bigger impact on health than specialised health education itself has.
Women and Education
The respect and regard for women’s well-being is strongly influenced by women’s literacy and educated participation in decisions within and outside the family. There is also much evidence that women’s education and literacy tend to reduce the mortality rates of children.
Not being able to read or write is a significant barrier for underprivileged women, since this can lead to their failure to make use even of the rather limited rights they may legally have – for example to own land, or other property, or to appeal against unfair judgment and unjust treatment.
According to UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organisation):
> There are approximately 1 billion non-literate adults
> This 1 billion is approximately 26 percent of the world’s adult population
> Women make up two-thirds of all non-literates
> 98 percent of all non-literates live in developing countries
> In the least developed countries, the overall illiteracy rate is 49 percent
Mohiuddin Trust understands the need and value of education and feels it should be freely available to everyone regardless of colour or social stature.
Through Mohiuddin Trust’s Education & Development division we have set up numerous schools and colleges across Pakistan and Kashmir with the intention of exposing as many children to free education as possible. We have also established, the highly acclaimed, Mohiuddin Islamic University (MIU) – with campuses in Nerian Sharif (Trarkhal) and Islamabad. MIU offers a diverse range of faculties to equip students to face contemporary challenges.
Our involvement with students doesn’t end at the graduation ceremony, we strive to help graduates secure employment so they are able to support themselves and their families and become contributing members of society. We endeavour to do all we can to assist students wishing to continue onto further post-graduate courses overseas.
Summary of measures undertaken by Mohiuddin Trust to promote Education & Development
Mohiuddin Trust has concentrated heavily in constructing and furnishing schools/colleges and universities with chairs, tables, blackboards, stationary, computers etc. and allocating suitable teaching staff to:
> Primary Schools – for children from infancy to class 5
> High Schools – for children from classes 6 to 10
> Colleges – for students specialising in pre-university courses
> Mohiuddin Islamic University – offering various faculties and diverse subjects in both contemporary and theological spheres
> Mohiuddin International Medical College – for students specialising in all types of medical sciences, including medicine; pharmacy; Dentistry etc.