One does not need to have Masters Degree to read the sign boards to find ways and get direction. For writing a simple letter or statement to communicate, one does not need to have a bachelor’s degree. And one can run a small shop of his own even if he does not possess a business degree.
But all what is needed to do that is ability to read and write and perform basic calculations.
And that’s what we, through the SLP, have aimed to start with… heading towards the goal of ‘education for every child’ in Pakistan.
In countries like Pakistan where options of earning livelihood are limited and inaccessible, one has to choose between a school and a workshop for their children. As in SLP we target the kids who do not afford to get education due to various reasons, financial unaffordability topping them all, so we make sure that the children are not over burdened. They can easily find time to support their parents by just spending three hours a day to attend the class and getting compensated for their time in form of pocket money as well as learning.
We do not produce doctors and engineers but we produce children who are better aware of education, importance of reading and writing more than a child studying in the standard schools. That is because they have lacked the opportunity to go to schools and they are aware of what they lacked.
Now when I look at the children who are unable to visit schools because of financial issues I feel sorry for my own people and the people in authority who are responsible for making the right of education reachable for everyone.
I memorize the Battle of Badr and the revolutionary step of Holy Prophet S.A.W.W. to ask the prisoners of the War to teach Muslims how to read and write. What a prime example of the high value of literacy is that in the sight of the Prophet S.A.W.W and Allah.
Think for a moment , If the Prophet could order the opponents to teach Muslims, what would be his command for us, the followers of his Deen, in that regard?