By YASIR AHMAD
Education indubitably is the only valuable asset humans can achieve. It develops in us perspectives of looking at life and helps us build opinions and have our own point of views .When I was 13 years old, my teacher used to narrate a famous quote: “Before the war, win the war through argument”. I couldn’t understand the word ‘argument’ for some time but later found that it meant education. Dr. APJ Abul Kalam Azad has said,” Education gives us wings to fly”. According to Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which we can use to change the world”. The need and importance of education can be gleaned by the fact that almost 150 countries across the globe have made education compulsory.
But, alas, education in Kashmir connotes a different meaning. Students here consider education as an imaginary dream that perhaps can be fulfilled. The conflictual conditions here years have changed the concept of education in Kashmir. The irregular system has pushed the students into depression and other mental as well as physical health problems. A recent study conducted by a team of medical experts has revealed some serious results. According to this study, a drastic increase of diseases like anorexia nervosa, phobic anxiety and enuresis has been found in students of the Kashmir region.
During the 2016 mass uprising, educational institutions remained closed for almost half a year. excessive militarisation of the public spaces have made students attention easily and powerfully captured by these violent issues than having it focussed on their carriers. The affected ones include female students.
The government .has failed to overcome the problems of students. It closes schools on flimsy grounds of “precautionary measure”. It is equally responsible for this inconsistency and erosion the of education system in Kashmir. The blame not only goes to the government however but to all of us. We, as responsible people of a responsible society have failed to save our education.
It then becomes our collective responsibility to minimize the effects of conflict on education .We should take those pulsating steps which can restore back the glory of education in our region. And, we should always think for the betterment of education system so not only we but our coming generations who dream bigger also extract maximum use from this unlimited gold.
The author, an 11th class student, can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org