The fact that the quality of education in Pakistan needs to be im
proved is a given. While improving the academic level of children from less privileged backgrounds is at the heart of AAP’s mission, we believe that education without strong morals and values is meaningless, or worse, dangerous. True social change in Pakistan requires an improvement in education as well as the moral values of our society.
In terms of moral values AAP kay Loag – AAP Trust focuses on:
Honesty and integrity. One of the most pressing issues in our society has to do with the lack of honesty and integrity. The seeds of this disease are planted at the school level where cheating is common practice.
At the school and college level the currency is ‘marks’. Children who learn to justify cheating as acceptable at the school level are likely to engage in corrupt and dishonest practices when they enter the work force. At AAP kay Loag – AAP Trust we constantly reinforce the importance of honesty and why getting marks through cheating is not the right thing to do.
Respect for others. Another major issue in our society is that people from various racial, ethnic or religious groups look down on others whom they feel are not entitled to the same rights. This problem is particularly visible among children from less privileged backgrounds.
At AAP we reinforce that all human beings should be treated with respect regardless of their background. No one is inherently inferior or superior to anyone else. Moreover by encouraging values of equality and meritocracy in the children now, we can hope to prevent the culture of nepotism from being as rampant in the future as it is today.
Hard work: Raw intelligence alone will not help our children succeed in the long-run. For our children to be successful in the long-run we need to help them to internalize the hard work ethic. This will serve them for the rest of their lives.
We at AAP accept this double onus and, with your help, aim to give the less privileged youth of today the tools to empower themselves and empower their country.