The riches of greatness
Far beyond the reach of one whose feet are tied by fear are the riches of greatness, and yet within the very soul of such fettered feet is the strength to break free from such an uncertainty and walk the path of those whose undauntedly enduring perseverance stamps upon the face of time the marks of their greatness. For a consistently persevering endurance is the chief virtue for those who wish to be great. Thus, in these trying times of today when a disease has distorted the very idea of a normal life, and has effectively drawn the shutters across many avenues of our daily activities, we have an opportunity of forging ourselves in this trial for acquiring such a greatness.
As the situation worsens day by day, it has already began to reveal such worthy people with a steely determination to continue moving forward towards achieving their respective goals. One of the groups consisting of such people is of those teachers and students, who despite all the complications of this sudden shift to a completely IT oriented system have maintained their academic cycle of lectures and assignments. Notwithstanding the difficulty of disciplining themselves in the comforts of their homes, many teachers and students have exhibited the dignity of their characters by punctually observing the decided schedules of their respective tasks.
However, there is a still greater number of students who find it considerably hard to grasp the ideas presented in the lecture. They complain for not being able to adequately interact with the teacher and their fellow students, to have a healthy discussion for understanding more complex concepts. Still, to their credit they are making an effort to adjust with the necessities of these times. Other difficulties are more than a mere matter of adjustability. For they do not have any access to Internet because of which their academia is being severely damaged. Additionally, matriculation and intermediate students have been greatly disturbed owing to the fact that due to the indefinite prolonging of lock down and the subsequent postponing of their exams, they may have to repeat these years or at the very least, would have to rush on to make up for the lost time, when things get better. It would not only compromise their actual learning but would delay the completion of their studies and the subsequent commencement of their professional lives.
Nevertheless, it should be acknowledged that the concerned authorities and a number of organisations are admirably working round the clock to address these concerns, and to resolve them to the best of their abilities. Human Development Foundation (HDF) took immediate action to adapt to the rapidly changing situation as per their best available resources. Immediately after the closure of schools in Pakistan a mechanism was devised by schools for remote learning and online education. The students who could easily access Internet and android cell phones were asked to download and install a mobile app called Learn Smart Pakistan. An application designed by Knowledge Platform Organisation for Grade 6 to 12 students, it consists of 1500 local curriculum aligned animated lecture videos, 25,000 assessment questions and 600 learning games. The application is designed to help the students prepare for their board exams in an effectively meaningful way. Moreover, WhatsApp groups were made for HDF school teachers for online teaching, and about 31% of students of HDF schools are regular students of these groups. Also, it should be duly acknowledged that these groups are managed in an organised manner by following the same routine of classes as was done in the regular school, ensuring that neither the teachers nor the students get confused by a simultaneous barrage of lectures, questions, submission of home tasks.
In essence, let us all positively persevere and survive through this pandemic to learn about our own strength, for the great are always pushed to the limit by such trials and eventually, their perseverance pays off and they emerge as well recognised and respected characters of the story of humanity. So let us too decide on our characters!