Sustainability Education- Need of the Hour

During the last few years, Pakistan has faced many man-made and natural disasters. It has been affected by floods, droughts, cyclones, earthquakes that has created a stressful society. Man-made critical infrastructure failure like the on going energy crisis has made matters worse. These complex socio-environmental issues have put Pakistan under a lot of stress. The society is in a traumatic state of mind. Presently, there is social inertia in Pakistan on issues like sustainable development, climate change, and energy efficiency. These types of issues cannot be overlooked  for long  without risking the irreparable and grave looses to socio-economic ecosystem of a country. No doubt, the need of the hour is to lessen the effects of all such disasters which unfortunately have been recurring too often and targeting the most precious asset of a country i.e its workforce.Millions have lost livelihood, been killed or displaced. Human capital investment is long said to be the key to sustainable economic development. Pakistan in order to rise to the challenge of building the capacities to cope with these disasters, need to invest in its human capital. Education can help empower the human capital to tackle complex socio-environmental issues. This can be done with training the young minds at school level. The need is to include the topics of climate change, sustainable development,  energy efficiency, role of society, disaster preparedness and management, resilience development in the schools syllabus. The role of universities cant be factored out. Universities provide the right environment,  the research and academic atmosphere to help impart the knowledge. It is heartening to know that the first step has been taken. Raising awareness about sustainability among youth will help increase their and their community’s economic vulnerability to disasters and equip them with the knowledge, skills and values to behave in a sustainably competent way. The government on its part can help devise comprehensive policies to introduce sustainability related topics and training in the learning and teaching activities at all levels of academic institutes. The governmental agencies can also ensure that appropriate train teaching staff is available for successfully imparting sustainability education and training.

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