PESHAWAR:Politicians, environmentalists and academicians here Friday urged the government to include democratic civic education and democracy in the curriculum at school-level to help broader the understanding of students and people on social and economic issues besides their responsible role in helping public sector organizations in countering of these challenges.
They said education department was devolved to the provinces after adaptation of 18th constitutional amendment and now it was the responsibility of provincial governments to make civic education, constitution and democracy is a part of curriculum at school-college level for attaining all the desired objectives.
They also urged the Government to take appropriate measures for implementation of Senate of Pakistan resolution on democratic civic education in letter and spirit.
They also stressed the need for establishing a National Democracy Commission (NDC) to promote and develop a democratic and civic education culture in the country.
Sardar Aurangzaib Nalota, PMLN parliamentary leader in KP Assembly told reporter that civic education was very important element of democracy and its significance could be judged from the fact that Senate of Pakistan has recently passed a unanimous resolution that has called for making democratic civic education part of curriculum and education activities as compulsory.
He said great responsibilities rest on the shoulders of independent print and electronic media to fix sometimes especially at prime time to highlight an importance of democratic civic education, constitution and democracy by presenting special programs, features and documentaries in national, regional and mother languages to sensitize masses about their responsibilities and role in tackling socio-economic challenges.
Nalota said pollution and poor transport were the major issues of Khyber Pakthunkhwa, which could be seen from a naked eyes in Peshawar and people were suffering of throat, ENT and other infections etc due to environmental pollution and private transport.
“The PTI led Government had promised to construct metro bus in Peshawar but people still awaited the project to be brought on ground and private transporters continue charging high fares ,” he maintained.
Controlling of unchecked private driving schools, rent a car services and underage drivers were causing roads mishaps were real challenge before PTI Government, he explained.
The PML-N leader said people of KP were dying of dengue virus as more than 54 people were killed and thousands others infected that have unnerved the residents.
“As it was not the responsibility of media to highlight these issues as it involved human lives and guide the nation in right direction,” he questioned.
Prof Dr.Naushad, Pro Vice Chancellor, Islamia College University Peshawar told reporter civic education was an important element of a democratic system as it equips people with knowledge about how to support democracy and protect constitution besides broadens their understanding on role and functions of the state and government institutions and their own responsibilities as responsible citizens.
He said poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, global warming, pollution, solid waste management and climate change are one of the few major challenges that could only be addressed through continuity of governments policies, strengthening of democracy and active involvement of people.
He emphasized on the independent media to devote a fair amount of time especially in prime time to democracy and civic education to expand understanding of people.
It is common practice especially in rural areas that people threw plastic bags in open atmosphere, fields and water channels that caused water population besides making negative effects on productivity of agriculture lands, improper disposal of waste, unhygienic conditions and stoppage of water flow in local streams by plastic bags put at risk peoples’ life, he said while referring to the recent dengue rampage that have killed more than 54 people so far in KP.
He said it was necessary that democratic principles, climate issues and civic education should be made part of the school curriculum for which great responsibilities rest on shoulders of provincial governments to take necessary measures in this regard.
Mohammad Naeem, Assistant Professor Economics Department Peshawar University told reporter that senate resolution was very important in the prevailing situation and its implementation in letter and spirit would mostly solve our civic problems.
Jan Khan, an environmentalist told the colossal devastation of 2010 floods could have been averted if we had forests resources on 25pc land of the country.
He said if each person plants at least five saplings per year than one billion trees would be grown annually that would counter balance the growing effects of climate change and global warming.
Jan said it was the responsibility of media to motive public towards plantation and consistently highlight negative effects of deforestation, hunting of wildlife and desertification.
The environmentalist said a revolutionary change in our socio-economic lives could only be brought with the induction of democratic civic education in curriculum and consistent government policies for a prosperous Pakistan.