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How to build future of Afghanistan?

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Politicians, academicians and news anchors have debated much on the issues faced by Afghanistan, such as extremism, education system, corruption, and mismanagement as well as poor administrative and judicial system. But very few had pointed out about ways that could steer the country in right direction where welfare of the citizens should be top priority. May be the reason is that we lack wisdom and our debates conclude mostly without any fruitful result, as we are educated by a system that is not based on logic and philosophy. As a matter of fact, most of Afghans are illiterate, and those with little knowledge failed to build study habit. Even in adulthood we just flip pages of books without understanding the core message.

We blamed the government for all problems while authorities put blame on other countries for the mess. This blame game is making is lazy more and more with each passing day. If Afghans want to build their future then they should stop this blame game and take steps, else we would remain part of the third world. We should cure our sickness without taking help from others as we know our problems well than others. To do this we should be well-aware of responsibilities because without doing our jobs being a responsible citizen or public citizen we could not change the situation and build future of our next generation.

First thing being first, Afghans should educate their children well and not push them to become child labor as this disease has paralyzed the whole society. Not sending our children to schools has several worst consequences, but yet we to know and acknowledge. When parents take pen and books from children's hands and send them for work in teenage is producing a part of machine that is rusted and could not function well. As a common observation, Afghans are sending their children to only seminaries, because it is free or cost less. For justification, they term modern education system against Islam. However, when it comes to medical treatment, modern transportation, business and technology they use things that are the products of modern education not of seminaries. Nobody visits Mullas (clerics) for blood test or for other medical treatment, and use vehicles for transportation and business.      

Here the mindset that we have is pushing us further into darkness. We never tried to change our future that is the main reason that we are given title of extremists because most of us are illiterate and could be easily misused by those who are against Afghanistan and are in the quest to destabilize it as we have no intellect. Only modern education system could bless us with wisdom. Though we claim to be religious but we are not actually, because we torture women and sell them like chicken. We kill our own brothers for no reason. For a small piece of land we are ready to kill many people. How can one say that he is religious if he is torturing and killing people?

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We are living in an era where people in other countries are no more divided into ethnic groups but are helping their respective governments as responsible citizens to get ahead of others. However, Afghans are still divided into various ethnic groups, where one group is not ready to own the other. The wide distance among Tajiks, Pashtuns, Uzbeks, Hazaras and others are evident from the fact that they are not welcoming each other in social circles. If we want to live in peace and ensure a standard lifestyle then we should promote Afghanism instead of titling ourselves as Pashtun, Tajik, Hazara or Uzbek.   We could do this if we adopt modern education system where children would be taught about real nationalism and our children could embrace each other.

It is duty of the government to come up with a single and modern education system--that would teach about patriotism and bless our children with wisdom and creativity. Concerned ministries should not waste time in this regard. There should be a common syllabus as well as more schools, colleges and universities in all parts of the country.

Without doing so future of this nation would remain murky.

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The writer is a freelance journalist. He is an ICFJ fellow and did his master in International Relations and in Mass Communication.
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