Since its inauguration on June 7, 2014, Saqiba Girls College is promoting extra curriculum programs, which are mainly devoted to religious and national events and designed to encourage students to take part in creative activities to augment their perceptions.
Similar to past year, this year too, Saqiba Girls College had organised a speech contest among metric students of different schools in Quetta. This program started at 10 AM on May 14, 2016 and students spoke on the topic “WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PROMOTING CHEATING CULTURE IN OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM.” Venue of this contest was the main auditorium of Saqiba Girls College and large number of parents, teachers and students have attended this program.
Chief Guest of this event was minister of education Mr Abdul Rahim Khan Ziaratwal. Along with the Chief guest, Chairperson and Founder of Qalam Qabeela Adabi Trust and Saqiba Girls College Begum Saqiba Raheem ud Din and the Principal of the college Dr Firdaus Anwar Qazi were also present.
The function started with the recitation of verses from Noble Quran. Next, students of Saqiba Girls College had vocalized a Naat and humbly praised Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).
Highlights of Students’ speeches:
Fifteen students who were representing 15 different schools in Quetta gave their speeches. In their speeches, students had pointed to the cultural flaws and blamed corrupt authorities for those flaws. They point to the corrupt elements in the society who are secretly promoting corruption for their short and closefisted subjective gains. They said our cultural weaknesses would flourish until provincial and federal administrations would not get rid of those corrupt elements. Speakers also highlighted the vicious consequences of corruption and held those consequences responsible for deforming the phycology of students.
They said these consequences are responsible for students’ escalated sense of indifference towards acclaimed standards of morality that Islam has bestowed over humanity. They also denunciated illiterate careless parents and incompetent teachers and accused them for blatantly playing a vital role in demoralising naive students by disgracefully influencing their intellects. With the help of few examples, speakers had testified that students are in fact victim of Cheating Culture, which is promoting illiteracy in a systematic manner. They said if majority of students are showing strong signs of repulsion against schools and academies that is because those institutions are part of a biased educational system where parents, teachers, and administrators are more inclined towards their subjective comforts rather than striving for the candid transfer of knowledge to the students in a progressive and scrupulous manner.
At the end of students’ speeches, students of Saqiba Girls College had presented a national song. After the song, Principal of the college, Chairperson Qalam Qabeela Adabi Trust and Saqiba Girls College, and Chief Guest minister of education had expressed their thoughts on the performances of students in their short speeches.
Highlights of Principal’s speech:
Principal of the college Dr Firdaus Anwar Qazi emphasised on the value of corruption free educational environment. In her speech, she pointed to the fact that weak educational system in any culture is the main cause of illiteracy, which consequentially is the root of unstable and redundant society that supports regress and hinders progress. She said that regrettably, we are following the same educational plans that English merchants had introduced in the Indian Subcontinent to support their tyranny over India and that is why after passing of 65 years Pakistan is still behind those nations who got their independencies along with or after the liberation of sovereign Pakistan.
She said, Saqiba Girls College is the name of an effort that is targeted to inspire students for acquiring genuine knowledge enthusiastically. Such attitude not only helps them in getting good degrees and better jobs but also makes them capable to explore their own innate qualities, which in turn may boost their understanding to a level where they would be able to perceive the world by freeing themselves from egocentric concerns. She said that true moral knowledge produces well-educated, ethically well-trained, and scrupulous citizens who not only help in eliminating confusion and frustration of their fellow citizens but who also dare challenging any unjustified obstruction that hinders progress and development of their nation.
Highlights of Chairperson’s speech:
Chairperson and Founder of Qalam Qabeela Adabi Trust and Saquba Girls College, Begum Saqiba Raheem ud Din in her speech accentuated on the fact that aims and objectives of both her organisations are identical. She said we are striving to engender a new generation of students who would have unblemished and crystal clear sense of morality and whose efforts would be grounded on honesty and merit. She deprecated different repulsive elements in the society and criticised the students who do not want to put efforts in their learning process and seek short and corrupted means to achieve their academic goals. However, she had supported the idea that main cause of such frivolous behaviour in students is due to corruption in the government, illiteracy in parents, and lack of appropriate teachers in the educational system.
Highlights of Minister’s speech:
In his speech, Minister of Education Mr Abdul Rahim Khan Ziaratwal had praised the students for giving enlightening speeches. He had shown his solidarity with the ideas of the speakers. In brief, he talked about the measures that Government is taking to get rid of corruption in an effort to create better educational environment for the present and future students.
By highly appreciating excellent educational services that Saqiba Girls College is providing at nominal cost, Mr Ziaratwal had announced a grant of Rupees One Million to encourage the sanctified and corruption free practices that Saqiba Girls College is exercising despite of being in the environment of corrupt trends, which are badly influencing the constructive potentials of the students. He praised the efforts of Saqiba Girls College for creating an educational environment that is free from political influences and from corruption and bigotry.
Judges of the contest who have assessed best speakers based on speech and performance were:
Agha Umar Farooq Urdu Professor (Tameere No Boys college)
Professor Shameem Kausar Urdu Professor (Government Girls College) &
Lecturer Amrat Urdu professor (Saqiba Girls College)
The students who achieved the distinctions were:
Ms Mehek from Professor Public School (First Position)
Sayeda Btul from Government Esa Khan School (Second Position)
Mariya Daood from Lahore Grammar School (Third Position)
Chief Guest awarded Trophies among speakers who got distinctions and distributed certificates among all other speakers.
Begum Saqiba Raheem ud Din also distributed gifts among the speakers to encourage them to participate in other similar social events. She praised their efforts for making such valuable speeches.
The event ended at the servings of snacks and tea.