This is interesting

A couple of interesting things happened in the last 3 minutes or so… so I thought I’d share it here.

First, I found out that Lahore has a proper emblem. And that Punjab has a flag. And on top of that, I found out that the Lahore Dist. Govt has a website on which there is a link for the Litracy department. (One of the links to the Literacy dept is spelt ‘litracy’ khekhekhe). On the Literacy dept page, I saw yet another interesting thing: A mission statement. And what a mission statement!

Eradication of illiteracy within minimum possible time.To achieve 100% literacy ratio in District Lahore by 2015

That is a great mission statement. I sincerely hope they do it. I wonder how I can help. And another thing…how do we define literacy. I hope they are not including spelling words of English right or forming sentences in English that look not as if said Yoda by.
God’s Peace be upon you all.

5 Comments so far

  1. Gudbad Singh (unregistered) on May 28th, 2006 @ 3:20 am

    The first thing you can do is to stop this cynistic approach towards your country.Social change can not be brought overnight it takes time and each small positive gesture or step towards making it happen has to be appreciated.Chandigarh my native town used to be a dusty and insignificant stopover on roads towards delhi but thanks to the tireless efforts of its district management and inhabitants, it has become the most neat and clean city of east punjab and haryana.Gram jagrity and gram vikas mandals and panchayati system in rural india had humble beginnings but later on became the catalyst for bridging the gap between rural urban divide.

    So play the role of cheerleader rather than the speedbreaker.
    Satyanaam waahe guru.

  2. momekh (unregistered) on May 28th, 2006 @ 11:29 am

    God’s Peace on you, Mr Singh,
    what you have said, I will take it as words of confidence, that yes, cities and town do change for the better through the efforts of Dist. governments and the District’s inhabitants…
    And I seriously do not think that the above article was cynical… The article was in hope, believe it or not, that for the last 50 years or so, all we have heard are promises that hardly get fulfilled… and given the kind of mission statement, I can see why… Lahore is a big district, 100 % literacy rate with varying definitions of literacy itself… I doubt it to the core, yet I would love to see it happen… we just have too bad a track record to expect good, we can hope for it though… the government wont do it, we will have to, thats the motto we should have…hmmmm.

    The government is trying, yes. Is the infrastructure in place? believe it or not, it is… the agri dept for example, is quuite geared up, so is our edu dept given what they were and what they are trying to become…there IS a school in most villages and small towns, just that there are no teachers and no administration to run them. good luck to us all…

    … the bad english on the website is just as bad as mine or anyone else I know and even that for a good reason…

  3. ali kam (unregistered) on May 29th, 2006 @ 12:35 am

    hmmm …. that 100 % literacy is i think a bit overstatment … mission statment should be challengable yet achievable … thats what weve been taught … i am not saying its not achievable … but a bit out of vision seeing current stats for literacy …

  4. Saadu (unregistered) on May 29th, 2006 @ 2:17 am

    Dude when every single mother tells their son to grow up and become a big officer, a doc or an engi, then sure 100% literacy is achievable.

    You are right though, by coming up with such mission statements, it tells me two things:
    – They dont really know what they are saying.
    – They dont care.

  5. Rev. Blogger (unregistered) on May 30th, 2006 @ 7:58 am

    100% literacy is possible if the government is committed to it. Venezuela almost achieved 100% literacy in a period of 3 years after the government became serious about it. Although I highly doubt any government in Pakistan is willing to make the investment necessary for such an endeavor, it is at least a positive thought.

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