Quality education vital for nations to progress: Mirwaiz

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Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq while terming the quality education as the major tool for the development and upliftment of nations, urged the people of Kashmir to invest their resources on their children so that a better tomorrow is built.

Mirwaiz said no nation in the world can progress and make development unless it makes imparting quality education to its children as its mission and aim.

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“It is quite evident that western countries have touched new heights in progress and development by putting in its resources into education and research in various fields,” he said.

According to a statement, Mirwaiz while addressing a function at Four Friends Public School Gili Kadal, Nowshehra where a galaxy of students, teachers and civil society activists and youth were present, said that Kashmiri children are full of talent and they can compete with other students at any level but the only thing is that their talent needs to be exploited in a better way.

Mirwaiz stressed that while imparting worldly knowledge to the children, moral and ethical values should be inculcated among the students and Islamic teaching should act as a guiding principle and there should be no compromise on this front.

“When Kashmir was under the tight grip of illiteracy, darkness, poverty and atrocities on all sides around 120 years ago, the then Mirwaiz Alama Ghulam Rasool Shah laid the foundation of Islamia School and launched a large scale war against poverty and illiteracy in Kashmir and today the whole valley is reaping the benefits of the step taken by late Mirwaiz Shah in the shape of educational institutions that have come up in every area of the region which is a welcome step,” he said.

Mirwaiz felicitated the patron, principal and the entire teaching fraternity and hailed the management’s decision of introducing better facilities and modern technology to impart education to the students admitted in the institution including computers and other gadgets.

“This can help students gain knowledge in a better way and compete with the students of other countries,” he said.

Mirwaiz prayed for the progress of the institution and expressed his gratitude to the entire staff and students.

Earlier, Mirwaiz received a rousing reception at the school from students, school management and the local people. (GNS)