A nation's future hangs in the balance when it cannot educate its youth. Using a journalistic approach, The Miseducation of Pakistan explores the country's appalling public education system. Schools with no teachers, schools overflowing with garbage, schools under the open sky, without drinking water or electricity; this is what most students of public schools in Pakistan can look forward to. Little wonder that a vast majority of primary school graduates can't even be considered literate by international standards.
All the while, a corrupt hierarchy of officials and school staff line their pockets with funds meant for educating the nation's children and powerful feudals deny the children of their peasants the right to even a basic education, while sending their own offspring to the best schools in the country and abroad. And no one is held accountable. The film also brings attention to the rise of madrassas or faith-based schooling. Using In-depth interviews and shocking footage, the filmmakers reveal a country where quality education is reserved only for a chosen few, while millions of children are denied the chance of a future.
Grades: 7-13. Subject areas: South Asia, Education, Current Events