Literacy Day: Education not yet on govt’s priority list

September 8 was proclaimed International Literacy Day by UNESCO in 1965 with an aim to highlight the importance of literacy among individuals, communities and societies. According to UNESCO reports, despite varied efforts, literacy remains an elusive target across the world. About 776 million adults lack minimum literacy skills which means that one in five adults is still not literate in the world.

This year, International Literacy Day will put the spotlight on empowering the role of literacy and its importance for participation, citizenship and social development. Literacy and Empowerment is the theme for the 2009-2010 biennial of the United Nations Literacy Decade (UNLD) 2003-2012. The Decade aims to increase literacy levels and to empower people everywhere.

The International Day of Literacy today would hardly make any difference for Pakistan as here education has always been low on government’s priority.

Public expenditure on education as a percentage to GDP is lowest Not more than 2.4% of total GDP. The trend of investment in education in terms of GDP has been 2.50 per cent and 2.47 per cent in 2006-07 and 2007-08 respectively and it is 2.10 per cent during 2008-09.

According to Pakistan Social and Living Measurement (PSLM) Survey for 2007-08, the overall literacy rate (age 10 years and above) is 56 per cent (69 per cent for male and 44 per cent for female). When analyzed provincially, literacy rate in Punjab stood at 59 per cent followed by Sindh, 56 per cent, NWFP 49 per cent and Balochistan at 46 per cent.

Also, the pupil-teacher ratio has increased at primary level but decreased at secondary level during the last five years.

Show Your Appreciation

July 31, 2009 10th Annual System Administrator Appreciation Day

A system administrator is a professional, who plans, worries, hacks, fixes, pushes, advocates, protects and creates good computer networks, to get you your data, to help you do work — to bring the potential of computing ever closer to reality.

On the Web, importance of Administrator remains same but in true sense its more difficult (unpaid) job, imagine you have to manage something that is continents far away from you. Also its not just ordinary 9-5 Job. Administrator have to watch 24 hours a Day, 7 Days a Week and 365 Days a week. Thousands of people can suffer because of little trouble on server and administrators usually have to sit till morning until everything works smoothly.

Administrator is always worried about server and website’s security, Keeps regular backups in case anything went wrong, Most of the tasks on server are done late night (After 3 AM) when there is low traffic on server. Its not easy to ensure the server is working healthy all the way. Every time have to face something new.

Last but not least, Web Administrator is not getting paid for 24 hours of monitoring or getting any kind of monetary benefit but spending a noticeable amount every month out of his pocket for a good cause.

So if you can read this, thank your admin — and know he is only one of dozens or possibly thousands whose work and “Dedication” brings you the Good Entertainment, Connection with Friends and what else you come for.

“Show your appreciation”

Friday, July 31, 2009, is the 10th annual System Administrator Appreciation Day. On this special international day, give your Administrator something that shows that you truly appreciate their hard work and dedication.

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