Make the souls strong
Nowadays the education system only aims at economic uplift. As a result, man has turned into a highly competitive being. But at the same time, he has turned into a self centred creature busy in this race. Need gives rise to greed. It is this self centred competitive modern life that has led to such greed. As a result, the whole scheme is moving towards destruction. Life is under stress.
It has become imperative to revisit the modern education system. The main segment of religion & spirituality is required to be assimilated in the course of studies. Moral studies need to be included in the curriculum. Only then, the present generation may get a sense of life. It is the only way to make them grateful to their Lord. While ungratefulness ruins the life, this will bring satisfaction in life. One who is ungrateful to his Lord has been severely reprimanded in the Holy Quran. The first step in the direction of spiritual education is gratefulness. For a child, it starts from the cradle. The child must be taught the importance and the status of mother's lap. If he is convinced in his early years that it is the greatest gift of his Lord, he would remain submissive to for whole of his life.
Modern age is the age of competition. But it has converted man into a selfish being.
It is a fact that a child learns the most in the first few years. During this period, the impact of imparting spiritual education to the child will be most as the child has least contact with the outside world.
Modern society is a civilised one but, unfortunately, the uncivilized acts are countless. Our social setup is either ruled by the law of jungle. The social tag of man is just like a price tag. Technology is manifesting a number of misfortunes under the guise of development and progress. Moral values & ethics are disappearing. Social aberrations are dominating.
These aberrations can be only addressed by our education system. Education is of two types-Formal & Informal. Basic schooling & certification of a child include formal education. Formal education makes a child educated and literate. Nowadays, formal education is a priority while informal education is being ignored, although it is equally important.
If a society has to follow the track of development, citizens must be educated both formally as well as informally. Formal education is time bound. Informal education is a life long process. Every person learns from his day to day experiences to remain grateful and submissive to God. This is the only way to achieve a hormonius life. Many societies with best formal education are yet to get rid of negative minds. This is because of the lack of informal education. To get rid of negative minds and bad habits, religious education needs to be incorporated into the curriculum.
Our Governments are doing a lot to make the education system more efficient and effective, but those efforts will be fruitless until the moral education and education at formal level is not introduced.
Ishfaq Pirzada at teaches at BHSS Warsun Kupwara.