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TLS students visit Islamabad

“Have we proved true to our national patriotic passion and Quaid’s vision” was the question, which flashed across the minds of students while leaving the National Assembly.

As an endeavor to provide the students with an opportunity to realize the verbal facts of their books and to relax and enjoy in the pleasing atmosphere of federal capital of Pakistan,The Learning School, Kot Radha Kishen arrange a visit of its students to Islamabad on April 25-28, 2004. The group was comprised of 35 students of class 8 & 9 and 4 teachers of the school. Boarding on the air-conditioned coaches the students bloomed up with jubilant excitement.

At the threshold of 21st century the question that has taken the human conscious by storm, is how to educate the masses more effectively. The word “Education” if considered in the whole totality of its meaning would refer to the two constituent entities. First, curriculum-based institutional provision of knowledge and second the common apprehension-based non-institutional intellection which may be properly named as “Awareness”. To provide a radical uplift of education to the society, these two entities must proceed and develop side by side. The outdated, outmoded and orthodox educational system has not only played havoc with the national future but also exploited the Quaid’s vision by instilling the wrong conception in the minds of youth. As a result, “Clerk-producing depot” sort of educational institutions failed to develop moral, mental, intellectual and conceptual values among the masses.

In order to extenuate the worsening situation object oriented and concrete measures should be taken, which can help emerge the youth as an integral part of national mainstream. As an endeavor to provide the students with an opportunity to realize the verbal facts of their books and to relax and enjoy in the pleasing atmosphere of federal capital of Pakistan The Learning School, Kot Radha Kishen by the dint of special arrangements for entertaining cum educational visit to Islamabad on April 25-28, 2004.

The group was comprised of 35 students of class 8 & 9 and 4 teachers of the school. Boarding on the air-conditioned coaches the students bloomed up with jubilant excitement. The coaches making their way to the destination on motorway provided the students contingent with ample chances to make a bird’s eye view of the natural bounties of Pakistan. Breaking the territorial barriers of provincialism with a view of national unity there arrive the dustless, gleam, shiny, hilly Islamabad. Lodging arrangements were made in Allama Iqbal University, Jinnah Hostel. Buffet lunching comprising of a variety of continental and Chinese recipes entertained the students to fresh them up. Hearty lunch was followed by a heart felt appointment of the students with Mr. Zafar-Ullah Khan, the project coordinator of Friedrich Naumann Stiftung, who delivered a thoughtful lecture on logical idea teaching democracy to the school students. The student put a number of questions about the democratic values in Pakistan.

After the lecture the coaches were found ready to carry the students to Power 99 FM Radio Station. There the students were welcomed by one of the most prominent anchorpersons of Pakistani media, Mr. Tauseeq Haider with his crew who conducted live interview program of 45 minutes with the students of the school. The students exposing their confidence indulged into the chit chat with their host and made on-line discussions on various general topics and won auspicious appreciation from their host. The students also visited different parts of broadcasting section with a “How to work” sort of sense.

Up next was something very refreshing and enjoying. Shakarparian, a lush green site absorbing hillside of the capital city. There the students availed an opportunity to make a unique experience of having an aerial glimpse of Islamabad city.

In the evening the students were to attend a symposium on democracy and education in a special context of Pakistan. Mr. Peter-Andreas Bochmann, country representative of Friedrich Naumann Stiftung, made a mindful speech over the topic to enlighten the minds of students with real spirit of democracy. Mr. Bochmann pointed out the bright indicators which points towards Pakistan’s prosperous democratic future. He was of the strong view that Pakistani youth are by no means less sagacious in terms of potential and talent than any other nation of the world. One of the students named Farah thanked Mr. Bochmann on the behalf of all students and also enjoyed the company of Mr. Peter Bochmann at dainty buffet dinner.

The second day brought intense busyness for the students. After delicious breakfast the students were ready to visit Pakistan’s out class house of democratic concern (The Parliament House). The students visited rampant hall, various lobbies, different sections, and the grand library which contained nearly 70,000 books. The students were briefed about the procedural working of the parliament and the students also asked many questions about the working of the country’s democratic representative. The students felt the echoes of Pakistan’s democratic history reverberating in the corridors of the parliament house. It is the house where the national fate of Pakistan is decided by the single stroke of pen of the elected.

“Have we proved true to our national patriotic passion and Quaid’s vision” was the question, which flashed across the minds of students while leaving the National Assembly. On the way back students may brief bus tour to Constitution Avenue, Prime Minister Secretariat and Supreme Court of Pakistan.

After wards the students visited the head office of the Liberal Forum Pakistan where the students enjoyed cold drinks with a pensive lecture delivered by Miss Gulmina Bilal on “Democracy” at school level. The students then, collected heaps of information as they visited Pictorial Printers, a well-known printing press. It was an amazing experience for the students to witness how the printing process was carried out. Back to Allama Iqbal University Hostel, the students were at the refreshment and lunch. After enjoying strenuously informative morning the students had exquisitely recreating sort of package for rest of the day, which started by their visit to Mr. Anwar’s home. Mr. Anwar explained the everyday lifestyle of the locality. The meeting concluded on hearty ice cream course.

A visit to the daily Aausaf newspaper was scheduled next that was arranged with the kind coordination of renowned journalist Mr C. R. Shamsi, where the Chief Editor Mehtab Khan did the honour of holding a meeting with students. Mr. Mehtab Khan made a first hand analytical description on the importance print media. The students showed the great interest in various sections and stages of new publishing process. Students also met to Mr. Warsi, the Group Editor of Daily Ausaf. After noon the coaches were on their way to Daman-e-Koh and Faisal Mosque to make the evening a memorable and rememberable time of enjoyment. The students beaming with joy had great fun on the spot and witnessed the night view of glittering Islamabad. They also offered their evening prayer. The buffet dinner of mouth watering Punjabi dishes brought an end to the second day’s happenings.

Next day the breakfast of butter and jam along with mixed omelets and paratha prepared the students for the third day’s appointments. The third day’s schedule was started by an encounter with the “Rescue 15 ” Police of Islamabad. Of course it wasn’t a bullets exchanging encounter rather a pleasant meeting with the peacekeepers of Islamabad. The students were stunned when they were warmly received by the policemen with bouquet of flowers thus creating an aesthetic sense of feelings. The students were briefed about the procedure and functioning of the rescue police by the incharge officer. A visual demonstration of performance was also presented to the students showing the effectiveness of the force. Kohsar Police Station (meaning the soldiers of rocks and mountains) another important figure among the law enforcement and law and order agencies of the country was the next to execute the hospitality of the students. It was in fact a “Model” police station of Islamabad. The students were informed about the strategic style of police action. Great were the feelings to know that the force men had iron will determination to meet the security challenges. Thus the last appointment of the three day visit terminated the whole fantasy. The students after packing up their luggage and having lunch along with trillions of thought captivating memories boarded to move back to Kot Radha Kishen. A phenomenal education event satisfying the both institutional-based knowledge and social-based awareness would serve as an exemplary hallmark in the school history.

Report written by Mr Akbar Mahmood Sarwar
Senior Teacher, The Learning School, Kot Radha Kishen

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