The role of education:
Doubtlessly, education is the foundation stone of an innovative society. The word education has the potential to describe the whole philosophy of innovation. It is not possible to illustrate any idea of innovation without defining the pivotal role of education. Every human being is aware of the fact that the process of education starts from home and parents appear as the very first teachers of the child. They prepare the child to receive education by ingraining in in the mind of the child the importance of education and its benefits.
So the very fundamental responsibility of the state is to create an environment where every child is eager to learn and anxious to receive education. This is the very first step that prepares the forthcoming generation to get absorbed in the society and play their decisive and effective as productive citizens.
An innovative society is one that prepares youth both for citizenship and work. It is strong in science and technology and develops a step by step education process for the youth to take their capabilities to the highest level.
How people define education?
In subcontinent, specifically in Pakistan, education is vehicle to break poverty and achieve social status. The focus of the student is to achieve a position in the society and he can rarely think of working selflessly in creative domain. Acquiring education is a perilous task and needs huge investment. This bitter fact shuts off the chance of creativity. Education, from basic level to higher studies demands money, time and extreme attention. Students pay attention to secure high grades and strictly follow prevailing educational norms. Most of the children don’t have access to school and even if they succeed in entering into the school, various social and cultural problems kick them out of the education. Poverty is the biggest of all reasons. Language comprehension problem is another reason for students to say good bye to education at the primary and middle level education. Those who continue their education, developing intelligence becomes a grand challenge for them because of language barrier, teacher-centered education system, unhealthy educational environment and little support for thinking out of box.
Where to change?
The very first thing is to make the education accessible to every single student who can’t afford education because of financial, social or any other reason. The schools should have a congenial environment which attracts the children to school and where they are treated according to the universal rules of nature with love care and extreme attention. Children should be allowed to make mistakes as much as they can. They should be surrounded by a student centered environment where problems are listened to and solved at individual level and they don’t feel afraid of teacher, school environment homework, punishment, school free or the quality of the dress that they wear.
Creativity in children:
The creativity in children can only be nurtured if they are given a chance to express themselves in different ways in a congenial environment. Children can be motivated to tell stories, riddles, jokes, learning t through playing activities and so on. They can perform very well if the fear of exam and grading is not instilled into their minds.
Parents should not condition their children to become doctor, engineer or anything that they could not achieve. In other words, we can say that parents should not burden the child with their desires. Developing the habits of hard work, integrity and punctuality can produce more positive results for both, children and parents.
The crucial role of higher education in an innovative society
The decisive and critical role of higher education is a non-disputable matter because it becomes a way of putting one’s potentials to maximum use. Education is thus the starting point of every human activity in a creative society. A knowledgeable person is accorded great respect in educated and developed societies.
Students complete one phase of education after finishing their school studies. They start to gain maturity as they grow up. Their exposure expands on the basis of knowledge and experiences they have gone through in school and society. Now they are ready to gain at a greater speed and with a greater strength. Their skills can be honed at a dramatically high level if they are given a right direction. Their expertise can be molded into an innovative mindset if the education works properly.
Syllabus, Teachers and Environment:
The role of higher educational institutes is that they provide a challenging environment which can question the abilities of the students. The curricula should validate the background abilities, needs and experiences of the students. At the same time, it should give them a chance to use their abilities to the maximum level.
It is the fundamental duty of the university to make sure that teachers are accessible, responsive, up to date and effective. The teachers play the role of facilitator and director. They facilitate the students and make the process of learning easier for them but they never do spoon feeding. They provide opportunities of self-managed learning. At this level, it is important to create real life learning situation for the students.
Educational institutes need to realize that they are preparing the students to play an effective role in society and labor market. Main focus of the institutes is knowledge transmission, but they need to pay an equal attention to the training part which helps students to get over hesitation gradually.
Funding for Research:
Monetary problems should not impediment research at any level. Higher education institutes must specify an amount for research activities at different levels, individual or collective. It is a backlash to the innovative society if research is obstructed at any stage, even if it is some nominal contribution in research culture. Open and effective cooperation between all institutes and funding agencies is the need of the hour. Funding must be accessible to each and every contributing individual. The HEC (higher education commission) should ensure that research community can easily and efficiently access information about funding programs and possibilities. The funding should be provided in one window operation system. These circumstances can develop dynamic collaborative relationship between researchers and industry.
Distance learning and lifelong learning:
Social and financial changes are occurring very rapidly and many people are eager to increase their knowledge and enhance their skills. Some people start working with incomplete education and feel the need to resume it. In a progressive society, people of different fields and from different areas of life are likely to jump into studies. It is important to create an environment where everyone has learning and training opportunities. Distance learning can be a solution to this problem. These institutes cater to the needs of wide range of students including teenagers who dropped out of schools, working parents, full time employed adults and many others. Distance learning can shape the form of lifelong learning in the society.
Bricks for innovative wall:
We need to understand that a complete paradigm shift is essential for creating and sustaining an innovative society. Higher education and research will be central to this change. Higher education sector is the platform for building up the required capacity. Economy needs to move from foreign investment to indigenous innovation. To reach this goal, a public policy is required which puts innovation at the centre of the policy agenda.
Author: Zahid Iftikhar | email@example.com