Lack of reading culture in Pakistan, suppression of critical thinking and gauging intelligence using rote learning as a parameter are the three factors responsible for the decay of the education system in the country. With no change in our contemporary education techniques, there is zero per cent pessimism in saying that we are making the children incapacitated rather than equipped, making it impossible for them to compete in the modern world.
To change the trend in an unsupportive atmosphere where the system will take decades to alter and self-heal, there is only one way to induce these qualities in an individual i.e. through books.
Books open avenues of discussions, agreements and disagreements, questioning, critical evaluation and inspires you to analyze things from a different perspective. Not only does it add value to one’s personality, but it also makes a person more tolerant and accepting towards multiple viewpoints – something that Pakistan terribly needs at this points.
Letting go of our biases, we need to start understanding the present day events in a more rational manner because without it, existing Pakistan is an alien to 2018.
Detecting the need and urgency, for the first time, Government of Pakistan itself have indulged and encouraged people to rediscover the potential of reading.
#ReadToLead will encourage people of all ages to rediscover the transformative power of reading – engaging in thought, exploring new perspectives, sparking the imagination, and growing the mind. ?
~Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari pic.twitter.com/MFptQB2xfs
— Govt of Pakistan (@pid_gov) September 16, 2018
Taking to Twitter, GOP shared a particular book ‘Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari’ with a caption suggesting people read it, broaden the spheres of understanding to give growth a chance. Noah’s said book, with 4.45 rating on Good Reads, is an eloquent encounter of how Sapiens succeeded in seeking domination in the world. The book highlights crucial points of human history that lead to the existing infrastructure of the society.
The gesture from GOP inspired many and people were fascinated to see it coming, for the first time. Here is how people welcomed it:
— Ayesha Tammy Haq (@tammyhaq) September 16, 2018
The Shellfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
— Muhamad Ayub Ruknani (@Ayubruknani) September 17, 2018
— ᙢᗩᖇḰᖺᗝᖇ (@xesh_) September 16, 2018
Make the guy running this twitter account education minister…
— Shams Burki (@shamsburki) September 16, 2018
Excellent initiative <3 <3 And a great choice, as well. Please promote this campaign on other platforms too.
Also, how about following it up with reads from all our important local languages one by one?
— Risha (@RayJeem) September 17, 2018
A good initiative by PID. You should continue to encourage book reading of multiple genre, without religious discrimination. Looking forward to read this! ??
— Lara (@Laraib_Fatima94) September 17, 2018
As an educationist whose primary project for the last 4 years has been pushing reading at a larger scale, am incredibly pleased at this initiative by the government.
— Rishm Najm (@rnajm20) September 17, 2018
Excellent recommendation and I am very happy to see this initiative!
— Tughral A. T. Ali (@TughralATAli) September 16, 2018
It is amazing that a book stating evolution as fact and religion as myth is used as an advert for Govt. of Pakistan. Somebody tell Khadim Rizvi! I am sure they have not read the book themselves otherwise they wouldn't have. A brilliant book though!
— Usman Saqib (@usman_saqib) September 17, 2018
I love this book, read in 2016-2017, was given by my brother on my birthday
— Khn W Xm'r (@khanwahabzameer) September 16, 2018
Great book to pick up 🙂
— Fezaan Haroon (@88Jumpman) September 17, 2018
Even with only one habbit of regular book reading, we can change and create new Pakistan!
— Zafar Iqbal (@zaf_zafariqbal) September 17, 2018
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