A National Disaster Essay

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There often comes a time in the history of any nation when an evaluation of international pursuits and goals should be weighed against the care and well-being of that nation’s citizens. Specifically, I think that the nation of Pakistan needs to reevaluate its stance on the education of its populace. As pointed out in the film “The Miseducation of Pakistan,” and in Greg Mortenson’s work, “Stones into Schools,” an ominous picture is painted demonstrating corruption and abuse within the Pakistani education system. Zalzala added to that picture, showing the viewing audience what life was like after the devastating 2005 quake. If Pakistan does not take action soon, I fear that whatever prominence it may have will dwindle out, and Pakistan will…show more content…
Sadly, much of what the mainstream media reported was not the whole picture, and according to the film, “even the rich were begging” (Zalzala). Make no mistake; the earthquake had incalculable potential to do damage. Nevertheless, if the schools had had some structural rigidity, I think that many of the children’s lives could have been saved.
If a country wants to provide education for its citizens, safe and reliable buildings need to be established. It is evident from both Stones into Schools and Zalzala that Pakistan’s effort toward fulfilling this requirement has been lackluster at best. However, Pakistan did select Mortenson to be the recipient of the “Sitara-i-Pakistan, one of the country’s highest civilian awards” (Stones into Schools, p. 306). Pakistan recognized that Mortenson’s school building work was a necessary course of action. Nevertheless, why must a country with nuclear technology wait until a foreigner arrives and constructs schools before considering publically visible action? Perhaps the nation’s leaders do not want an educated populace. It will be interesting to see if Pakistan takes any effort into ensuring that the children have a safe and secure place to learn.
The education of girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan has been another chief focus for Mortenson. He recognized that in the instances where the country did have schools built, the greater part, if not all of the students were boys.
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