I have always appreciated Organizations and individuals who support and assist in matters that concern breaking down the barriers to make way for quality education in Pakistan. On a personal level, I would hereby like to applaud the efforts by TCF; the entire concept of the Rahbar program by The Citizen’s Foundation overwhelms me where the people from the organization work on increasing awareness amongst the common masses about how they can contribute to this noble cause. I hope to be able to participate as a Rahbar again as soon as I have some time off.
U.S. Consulate General, Karachi has initiated several educational programs in our country, and I am proud to say that my mum has remained a part of some very integral educational initiatives including awareness on Internet usage during her tenure as the AIRC Director at the Consulate in several less privileged areas across Pakistan.
Anyway, have always wanted to say this.. but I know how much I annoy people with ideas such as these.. Just realized this is MY blog, so decided to write on the topic anyway 🙂 English is used as an International language across the globe, and over 350 million people speak it as their native language. I have noticed that not many people here focus on their reading habits when in school, which results in shaking up their confidence a little when they are required to voice their opinion clearly on a large or even a small scale. Living in a society that exists today where life if so fast-paced, the competitive streak amongst professionals is at its peak, and therefore, there are several drawbacks of not knowing the language. Learning and improving on your English speaking and writing skills can have a very positive impact on one’s professional life.
People I have seen get offended very easily when corrected, even in class. I believe though, that there is no harm in learning something that helps one in the long run in one way or another. There are no age limits set for learning something new either- alhamdolillah for that.. 🙂 I’m still working on my vocab and I probably will be doing that till I die.. 🙂 Here, I’d also like to clear a very common misconception that most students of English language have. Guys and girls, an awesome vocabulary has nothing to do with good English! Sure it’s an added advantage, but it is actually correct grammar that serves as basis for good English speaking/ writing skills. Anyway.. 🙂
I came across another link that was shared on U.S. Consulate General Karachi’s facebook page today and wanted to share it on this platform as well.
This is surely an awesome public service gesture and I am sure many can benefit from it! Shall keep my fingers crossed for people who want to make the effort 🙂
(Written for Sakonent’s Newsletter)
There are more than just a few reasons for many of us to rejoice the month of December! There’s Christmas, weddings, birthdays, snow, and especially in Karachi, winters are pleasant. But wait, there’s more. There’s an extra reason for the Pakistanis to celebrate and be overwhelmed all over again, by remembering the man, standing firm with his principles in place and a personality that depicted immense discipline, his idea sketched out with clarity to work on achieving us all a successful state, a nation for which the Muslims of the Sub Continent had put all their faith in none other than whom they called the father of the Nation, whom the world knows as Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
The Quaid-e-Azam, Muhammad Ali Jinnah was born on December 25, 1876 at the Vazeer Mansion, in Karachi. He completed his basic education in Karachi, and finally fled to London, to pursue his dream and passion of becoming a Barrister at Law. When after completing his studies, he came back to take care of his father’s business, his interests drew him to be actively involved in politics, and take charge as the Leader of the Muslim League. His efforts, powerful speeches and heartwarming preaching did not go futile, and as a rewards provoked the Muslims of India to not give up on the endless struggle and sacrifice, and finally on August 14th, 1947, Pakistan came into being.
The credit for this beautiful land, which we proudly stand upon today and call ours, all goes to Jinnah Sb.
And, I’d like to take this opportunity to quote Stanley Wolpert, who wrote in his book Jinnah of Pakistan,
“Few individuals significantly alter the course of history. Fewer still modify the map of the world. Hardly anyone can be credited with creating a nation-state.
Mohammad Ali Jinnah did all three.”
I absolutely LOVE the idea and motive behind the cause! And lastly but definitely not the least, I love the caption!
My workplace is like going heavy duty with lots of hot projects these days (mashAllah!) and there are moments when it feels like we’re short of resources, but when these guys work as team, they deliver what i call the SizzLer!
I do not know much ’bout the history of how we got this project, but in about 2-3 days, we were all sharing links around the work place to sign the *petition*! What Petition? Supporting Education? oh cool! But the moment the site appeared as i clicked the link, I realized, it wasn’t just cool, I fell in love with it! It was the case of mixed emotions.. the website, promoting the cause, inviting people on several platforms and social networks to Sign the Petition, and woah! whether or not they later pay attention, but THIS is to be shared with the people who run our country! No comments on those guys but.. *sigh* i like totally heart the idea! All the enthusiasm this team worked with on each bit of this project, with all honesty is reflecting beautifully and I hope this Petition has an impact! 🙂 well inshAllah to begin with! and I know that hard work that’s got the *heart* work involved surely pays off!
In my next few posts, I shall be sharing the whys and whats about the petition!
Till then, Join me and the People behind the beautiful idea of supporting the cause of ending the education emergency in Pakistan by signing this petition!