- Drug abuse is rapidly growing in Pakistan, especially among youth including those in colleges and universities, resulting in serious social and health implications.
- According to statistics, there are nine million drug addicts in Pakistan, out of which two million are between the ages of 15 to 25.
- One of every ten students at college or university level is drug addict.
- Researches shows that young people who start smoking cigarettes, sheesha or drink alcohol are much more likely to experiment with illegal drugs than people who do not smoke or drink.
- Researches showing that as high as 60 per cent of the addicts belong to the educated class, with a majority of them being university students. This is a cause of grave concern, as we are losing out on the brightest and best amongst us.
MAJOR CAUSES OF DRUG ABUSE AMONG STUDENTS
- Risk taking behaviours
- Social isolation
- Bad company
- Modern life style
- Hippy culture
- Excessive pocket money by parents
- lack of supervision and attention
- Weak religious belief
- lot of free time
- Easy access to drugs at low prices
- Existence and presence of drug dens inside educational institution
WHAT EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS CAN DO FOR PREVENTION?
- Teachers could play a positive role in this regard by creating awareness among the students in the educational institutions about the bad effects of drugs on their lives.
- Anti drug campaign.
- Monthly medical checkups and drug tests.
- Promotion of healthy activities like sports plays a great role in preventing students from becoming addicts.
- Need to inform students about drug abuse and motivate them to conduct research to analyze drug use situation in educational institutes.
- Proper counseling for early users and formation of anti drug youth cell.
- Compulsory drug education in every educational institution.
- Train students and teachers to provide drug prevention education.
- Awareness campaigns through mass media, theatre, essay contests, lectures and declamation contests in schools, colleges and universities should be run for awareness.
- Education departments should develop a curriculum against drugs in textbooks at school, college and university levels.
- More recreational facilities should be created to take the youth off the drugs.
- Efforts should be made to control tobacco smoking in educational institution because it is the gateway to drug abuse.
- Strong check on activities of students
- Strict rules and regulation in educational institutes.
- Compulsory team of expert sociologists and psychologists.
- Awareness through films and audio
“So my request to the fellow youth is that please stay away from drugs, if not for your sake but for the sake of the ones who loves you”.
Marriage plays an important role in setting up families in an organized way but this institution is weakening everyday. Eveyday we hear about couples getting divorced or separation on small issues. The broken marriages children are facing serious psychological problems. In pakistan the rate of divorce is increasing and its leading to various problem. Its high time that we should understand the importance and responsibility of this sacred institution before getting into it.
High levels of violence in cartoons such as Scooby-Doo, Ben.10, Chotta Bheem and all other super heroes cartoons can make children more aggressive, researchers claimed. In the study, by academics at Iowa State University and published in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology. The research further stated that children copied at school the verbal aggression they had seen on cartoons. Researcher found that children copied and identified with cartoon characters just as much as they would with screen actors. The output aimed at children as young as seven, which included a number of cartoons, had the highest levels of violence.’ The study concluded that there are higher levels of physical aggression in children’s programmes than in programmes for general audiences,’
Now a day in our daily life children are becoming aggressive and violent. Children from the very early age viewing cartoons which are giving lessons of brutality. Have parents ever had a look at what their children are watching in cartoon? Here are some of the views expressed by the parents of enthusiastic cartoon kids.
“The media, specifically television cartoons for children have been increasingly showing more and more violent programmes, and making children aggressive day by day,.” Said javeria a mother of five year old kid who is addicted to such violent cartoon. She further said. Children should not know about murder and rape. But there is a cartoon South Park where rape, delivery period and similar topics being shown which is very bad for the children. If we watch cartoon regular then we find that most of the cartoon are based on fighting, boxing, killing by gun, attack by car, jumping from the roof etc. Now most of the cartoons revolve around a hero and a villain. Children after watching the cartoon want to be a cartoon hero in real life and in the process often indulge in bad behavior”.
Sara a working mother lamented “I can’t concentrate on my work, my minds is always with my children at home, who after coming from school start watching these heroic cartoon and then practice violent act at home.” She further stated that normally children do not understand that in television cartoon everything can happen but in real life it is not possible. So they often engage in dysfunctional behavior”.
“Faisal, a father of three children said that, Children have become much more interested in cartoons over many years and it has become a primary action to some lives. Typically, children begin watching cartoons on television at an early age of six months, and by the age two or three children become enthusiastic viewers. He further lamented that parents are equally responsible for molding the children in such a way, but sometimes we feel helpless in front of our busy schedule and allow children to sit in front of these violent cartoons and then they get addicted”.
A consultant physician in a private hospital, Dr Shahid, stated that “aggressive behavior in children has become a problem because children are watching too much television and the shows that they are watching (even if they are cartoons) have become violent and addictive”. He further stated “The marketing of cartoons has become overpowering globally and so has the subliminal messaging. The marketing is targeted toward the children to cause them to view the cartoons on a regular basis, but the subliminal messaging is for the adults’ to target them into enjoying the “cartoons”. This is unfortunate because children watch the cartoons on the television and they see material that is not appropriate for their age group. The Children who watch too much cartoons on television are more likely to have mental and emotional problems, along with brain and eye injuries and unexpectedly the risk of a physical problem increases”.
When children of different age groups were asked about the super heroes cartoons so most of the children were in favour of these violent cartoons. And called them a necessary part of their lives.
“I think it is great to believe in superheroes cartoons. They are part of our every child life. Dressing up in spider man costumes, concentrating on objects trying to make them fly. As well as harry potter movies – he’s a hero too. Taking away our superheroes is taking away half of our childhood” Said a six years old kid hanzala.
A super heroes cartoon addicted a six student said that “Superheroes are fake, they are made up of fictional characters but young viewer think they are real. And yes grown up, but addicted viewers of such cartoons like me, may know the difference. But after knowing all the facts also I still can’t stop watching them.”
Ahmed a seven years old kid stated his excitement about his superheroes cartoons as. “Superman, Ben. 10, Chotta Bheem and Spiderman are definitely superheroes for me and I love watching them, but Batman doesn’t have any powers. He is just a glorified detective. Cartoons are as much important for me as my studies because they keep me updated.”
Ibrahim., a eight years old claims that “I know these powerful cartoons character are just fake and not real but still we kids believe in them and perform their stunts with our sibling and friends and that thing is real fun”.
I am 12 years old all I see on Batman, Superman, Spider man and other heroic cartoons, is fighting, impossible actions. This convinced me as possible that i can shoot a web out of my wrist or left a sky scraper with one finger but it’s not, when I tried it. This ends up making me believe that it is physically impossible to do these actions in real.” said Mustafa, an enthusiastic viewer.
“There is two sides in everything, cartoons are made for great purpose for entertainment and sometimes teach us great things about justice” Stated a six years old kid. He further stated.” That new version of superheroes is simply fabulous and that’s why, the idea about violent cartoons is increasing each day. These cartoons give me the strength to fight with my friends and give me courage of survival in school.”
With the changing family structure in which both parents are working and they have little time for children. In this way it is really hard to monitor each and every activity of children. The best thing parents can do is to set the children timing of watching cartoons. Table talk is the best way of keeping the children out from this fake world. Now it’s not possible to control the increasing violence shown by cartoon network, pogo, nick and other channels that are made to provide entertainment for children. The increasing globalization is contributing much in spreading the hidden messages in children programs. But it’s the duty of the parents to socializes their children in such a way that they should believe in real heroes and real world.
University of Karachi, a renowned government university, but not an organized one, worst administration, horrible management, parties politics and what not and last but not the least is KU points. The points are in horrible condition and despite of the fact when the administration knew all about its worst condition but still running them any how. Points are having problem in every part. Without concerning about students lives KU running brake failed, totally ruined points on long route and so over loaded that one cannot breath easily..The VC seems to be unaware of the worst and horrible condition of university buses, and if students complained so the concerned authorities just says “we are helpless’, we don’t have funds for buying new points and for repair and maintainance of old ones. That the verdict of administration running under KU VC Pirzada Qasim. He can become Chief Guest in all reputed gatherings of city but cannot raise voice for his university students basis need. The students who cannot afford fares of public buses prefer university points though they are very few and in worst condition but still helpful for students.Its the dire heart need of KU students that government should take strick action against KU and provide them new buses for saving the student lives from taking risk.Well May Allah shower his mercy on KU students who travel in these decades old points on daily basis, and save them for any mishap..
Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, under the leadership of pastor Terry Jones, will be observing an ‘International Burn a Quran Day’ in honour of victims of the Sep 11, 2001 attack.
The church has invited all to join the quran burning which will be held at its premises from 6 pm to 9 pm on Sep 11, 2010.
“We believe that Islam is of the devil, that it’s causing billions of people to go to hell, it is a deceptive religion, it is a violent religion and that is proven many, many times,” church pastor Terry Jones had told in his interview to CNN.
Terry Jones insisted he would go ahead with his plans, despite criticism from the top U.S. general in Afghanistan, the White House and the State Department, as well as a host of religious leaders.
Jones, who is known for posting signs proclaiming that Islam is the devil’s religion, says the Constitution gives him the right to publicly set fire to the book that Muslims consider the word of God. He said lawyers have told him his right to burn Qurans is protected by the First Amendment, with or without the city’s permission.
The same would hold true, he said, if Muslims wanted to burn Bibles in the front yard of a mosque.
“Of course, I would not like it,” Jones said. But “I definitely would not threaten to kill them, as we have been threatened.”
Amid the heated debate over a Florida church’s plan to burn Qurans on the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has defended the pastor’s right to do so.
Condemnations are coming in front from American government but they are doing nothing to stop this evil deed of Jone who deliberately wants’ to hurt the Muslim’s sentiments but in return he will get nothing. From such an evil deeds he cannot harm Islam and the holy book Quran. Islam will remain always and God will protect the holy book of Muslims the only thing he will get from it is hatred and violence in the world. It is very unfortunate to see such events being planned in a country which considers it to be the epitome of tolerance. Freedom of speech can never and should never be used as an excuse to play with the sentiments of millions of Muslim around the globe. The burning of the Holy Quran would do nothing but increase the gap between Muslim Americans and Christian Americans and lead to even more tensions. Though Rev. Terry Jones is doing this to express his rage and anger, he miserably fails to realize that the Holy Quran does not only talk about the Prophet Muhammad but also about Jesus Christ and Mary. In fact, chapter 19 of the Holy Quran is titled Maryam (Mary). By burning the Holy Quran, he fails to recognize that in reality he is also bringing shame to his own religion and its teachings. Jesus Christ, who only showed compassion and love to everyone, could never have taught such as thing.No world religion, whether it is Islam or Christianity, teaches bringing disgrace to the beliefs and spiritual possessions of the fellow human beings. In fact, every religion teaches love, tolerance, and respect. It is very important that each one of us recognizes what the future would hold if these sort of events are not criticized and condemned. It will only lead to further hostilities and hatred between people of different beliefs and it should never be entertained. In short, no matter what your religious affiliations are, such acts of indecency should never be tolerated and should be condemned in the most reasonable and peaceful manner. From such deeds no one can provide harm to Islam and nor to holky book Quran. Islam is the religion of peace and Quran is the book of guidance for all Muslims and no one can provide harm to this peaceful religion in any way.