Prof Dr Mujeeb Sahrai, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) has said that the development and economic growth of a country and a nation is directly linked with the literacy rate of a country and teachers play a decisive role in it. He said this while addressing the World Teachers Day celebration organized by the Department of Education in collaboration with the Directorate of Students Affairs and Counselling of SMIU at the Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium of the university on Wednesday.

Dr Sahrai said almost 99 percent of developed countries have achieved their prosperity and progress due to their increased literacy rate. “Teachers must be given their due status, respect and value, as they are producing learned people who are contributing towards the development of the country,” the Vice Chancellor said and added that if we have to go shoulder to shoulder with the developed world then we have to give importance to a teacher and education.

Dr Mujeeb Sahrai further said teachers are game changers, hence they could change the destiny of a nation and shape a new civilized society through imparting quality education to young generations. He was of the view that he feels proud being a teacher and his father Mr Taj Sahrai, a noted archaeologist and historian, who has received Pride of Performance Award was also a teacher and founder of the Talibul Moala School Dadu.

Praising the role of SMIU’s teachers the Vice Chancellor said since the establishment of SMI in the 19th century, its teachers have played very significant role in transformation of the society and they have produced great personalities including founder of Pakistan Quaid-e- Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. Dr. Sahrai opined that each and every person of the country must think about his/her role and also teachers must think about their role. He was of the opinion that we have to work for capacity building of primary teachers, then we can improve the learning process of students up to higher education level.

Dr Jamshed Halepoto, Dean Faculty of Business Administration, Dr Zahid Ali Channar, Director Post Graduate Studies, Dr Aamir Iqbal Umrani, Director ORIC, Ms Khushboo, and Mr Ajab Ali Lashari, Lecturer SMIU also spoke on the occasion. Students highlighted the role of a teacher through theater, songs and speeches.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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