Urducation – Rethinking Education

Credit: Urducation.com

Credit: Urducation.com

 

Most of Pakistan’s philosophising, armchair and otherwise, revolves around the issue of education, or rather the lack thereof. Politicians promise it, parents demand it, and students either dread it or love it, and the government and education institutions have failed to adequately provide it.

Poor Education Indicators

Pakistan’s education indicators show how difficult the situation is. While primary school enrollment for boys as of 2008-2012 is 101.3 percent and primary school enrollment for girls is 83.3 percent, only 39.7 percent of males and 29.2 percent of females end up enrolling in secondary school.

There are many reasons for this, one crucial element is the discrepancy in students’ mother tongues and English, which is usually central to higher education.

Urducation

Enter Urducation- a new vision for the future of education in Urdu. The founders of Urducation felt that the education system in Pakistan is outdated and dysfunctional. Established in a different era, the system does not take into account the scale and scope of the country, nor the real world demands that students need to be prepared for. The founders also cite current and ongoing instability in the country as deterrents to building and maintaining an effective model of education.

This reasoning led them to believe that education needs to be reimagined, and Urducation is the platform they are developing to accomplish this.  Their mission can be summed up in their byline: “Free Technology Education in Urdu Language.”

The site is intended to provide free and accessible education materials, especially relating to technology. Some of the information provided will relate to using different computers, mobile phones and online resources. Utilizing education as a tool for empowerment, the site aims to improve people’s lives by allowing them to participate more fully in society through online education, available to them in Urdu.

The site will impart skills-based learning at every level, while retaining the focus on technological tools that people need to have, and yet don’t have sufficient access to at the moment.

Who Is Behind Urducation?

Two co-founders and two internees are currently running Urducation. The team plans to have the site up and running within four months, and there is a sign-up option on their coming soon page at Urducation.com to get notifications about site progress.

Nouman Nazim (@NoumanNazim) is one of the co-founders of Urducation, along with Sher Afgun Usmani (@RajaSherAfgun). This initiative follows their interest in E-learning and support for Urdu language education and development.

Urducation also has a Facebook page, which is currently taking comments and suggestions from interested people and it already has 1,452 likes. The page provides updates to the website’s progress, in addition to starting off their campaign of promoting Urdu education and skills-based learning in general. The page focuses on motivational quotes and informational pieces that reflect Urducation’s positive approach to education and self-empowerment.

Urducation is also promoting its campaign on Twitter, using a catchy description, which outlines its cause: “We want you to learn. Do you?” It currently has 256 followers, with more likely to come as the site approaches its completion date.

Urducation As A Solution

Many of the analyses looking at the difficult situation in Pakistan point to the importance of involving youth in social and economic development. However, this means that first something must be done to enable youth to participate, and Urducation will focus primarily on young people, making learning a more enjoyable experience through interactive tools.

The website aims to help people to develop their own ideas and initiatives by providing them with tools to learn more, and to have a better chance in the job market too. The overall goal is to “bring free Technology education to the speakers of Urdu language, in order to help them achieve their dreams and change the world.”

The founders also add their own explanation on their website: “We aim to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in. We want to help students learn better — and faster. That’s why we are designing our platform on proven learning methods which are recognized and adapted globally.”

Urducation is an exciting new prospect that will potentially change the way people learn, and at the very least will provide people with more options to take control of their own education. Be sure to check it out once its ready, and sign up for updates at Urducation.com.

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  • Saba

    Very good step. Education must be given top most priority.

  • Shahbaz Hussain

    I absolutely agree with what you guys are doing. In matter of fact, I am educated from Pakistan but sadly after travelling abroad and comparing other Countries educational system to ours, I realised the latter is diabolical to a certain extent. In pakistan schools and colleges emphasise on a rather theoretical study, students however are never given a opportunity to either understand these theories or put them into practice.

    In connection with above I must point out the reason I stated that our education system is diabolical to a certain extent is because Pakistan in matter of fact does have fantastic private schools, brilliant colleges and universities but the problem is there are too few and these are very difficult to access for the general public in regards to affordability.

    Unfortunately in some areas in Pakistan not only the young generation but also the elders need to be educated and this is a hard fact. Some aspects of Pakistani traditions have been misinterpreted which has led to in some areas a blanket ban on higher education for girls. This needs to change, women can in matter of fact contribute better to society than men. Sadly Pakistan is currently more like a crippled being. How can a country progress when one half of its gender in most cases is neglected,abused and not given a chance. This is what needs to change.

    Also our education system can improve in Pakistan by huge investments in education and a real fight against corruption. The reason I say this is because Pakistan is politically revolves around nepotism. State schools have in most cases awful Tutors who have only been employed due to family connections.

    In brief the Pakistani people really do need a change and the only way this can happen is if people like yourselves promote what you are trying to promote, equality for all, eradication of the caste system, nepotism and importantly corruption.

    I can promise you if what I have mentioned above is obliterated, Pakistan will not only improve its education sector but will also prove why it has been called a tiger economy in the past, emerge from the shadows,prosper,unison and importantly stand out in the world for all the right reasons.

    Shahbaz Hussain Oxford