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July 09, 2020

Positive discrimination urgently needed for building up a peaceful nation

  • By Khin Maung Oo
  • The moment we hear the commonly used word, “Discrimination” we feel displeased with it because it means the practice of treating somebody or a particular group in society less fairly than others. Especially, we get involved with age, racial, sex, educational and social discrimination in some way or the other. We accept it as a loathsome deed but it is necessary for all of us not to practise it ourselves. The poor, the uneducated, the unemployed naturally tend to feel inferiority complex about their present status among their different circles, if ever. What is worse if they are despised or unfairly treated or suppressed, disappointments, hatred and unnecessary responses always emerge. As a consequence, crimes and offences are more and more increasing in our society.
    We were born to our parents without any rights to choose into which family we will enter, as were our parents to which families. So, our rights may vary at the time of birth. Though we were born poor or in miserable conditions, it was our duty to improve ourselves. Yet, there are many people in our country who find it difficult to give their children even a primary education. Not every child born to such a difficult family is doomed to failure in his life. Undeniably, however, they lack even a fundamental right to enter class-rooms like other school-age children. Nowadays, we are still seeing children wandering about the town for their daily earnings. As a matter of fact, we all are responsible to help them improve their lives, as much as we can, assuming that the betterment of our society can bring about peace and stability in our world.
    Being well convinced of the importance of the role of these children—labor forces, the incumbent government is planning to give vocational training to children in suburban areas. The State Counsellor herself repeatedly said that the country needs vocational training schools likewise academic learning centers and institutes, in such a time when we are building up our nation into a developed one. Had such programs been implemented nationwide with a great momentum, the country would surely develop in the near future as hoped. Without the program, who will uplift the lives of these children? Though not having an access to academic learning, they will become an important labor force for the country by using their labor and skills that would otherwise be all too easily dissipated. Paving a way for such children to be able to enjoy happiness like their peers learning in class-rooms is really a positive discrimination towards youths who lost their hopes and futures.

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