The Role of Students
“On this occasion, the thought that is naturally uppermost in my mind is the support and help that the movement for the achievement of Pakistan received from the student community, particularly of this Province. I cannot help feeling that the unequivocal and unmistakable decision of the people of this Province to join Pakistan, which was given through the referendum held last year, was helped considerably by the contribution made by the students.”
- Mr. Jinnah / Quaid-e-Azam
- Speech: Responsibilities of the youth
- Context: Speech in reply to the address presented by the Students of Islamia College, Peshawar
Students played a significant role in Pakistan’s historic freedom struggle.
Our history serves as an inspiration and discovery for students to realize not only their power but also their destined role in the valiant struggle to build up Pakistan into a progressive, democratic and economically prosperous state.
The students must demonstrate faith, unity, discipline, determination, sacrifice, wit, courage, patience and relentless work to lay down the groundwork and foundations for a long-term organization to usher in a change of ideas and values.
To do so - students must be creative and use their education to build tools such as:
Master database that captures population insights per every district per each province. This will allow us to understand the values, emotions and attitudes of different communities in different locations and in turn, enable us to create tailored campaigns and messaging to mobilize the people towards Jinnah’s ideals.
Fundraising platforms that enable us to access massive phone banks and mailing lists that cover every district in Pakistan to be able to raise funds and empower student activists to take on big causes.
Fact-checking platforms that efficiently track statements made by office bearers of national institutions and confirm the factual accuracy of their statements to be able to separate truth from fiction and usher in a culture of factfulness.
Transparency engines that track the progress of legislation in the parliament and also, report on implementation and adoption of passed legislation.
This is, by no means, an exhaustive account of how students can use their education and time to play a larger role in Pakistan. This, however, certainly is a demonstration of what can be done by the student community. Students must rise to the occasion, focus on their education and use it to increase activism and self-organization to build a transparent, accountable and fact-based political culture.
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