“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today” – Malcolm X
The decision of the Manipur and Nagaland government to organize a conclave of all Education Ministers of the North East should be welcome with arms wide open and appreciated for one of a kind initiative. It is a well known universal fact that education is the right step to the future. In the words of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, popularly known as Malcolm X, who was human rights activist and popular figure during the civil rights movement, “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today”. Indeed, if one has to see a bright future, a future that is well developed and advanced, education is the passport, the key that will open the door to such future.
However, the righteous path of education has never been easy, especially in a region like the North East especially Manipur. Be it social, political or infrastructure as pointed out and evident from the meeting between Dr. Th Radheshyam, the Education Minister of Manpur and Education Minister of Nagaland, Temjen Imna Along in Kohima on Monday. The ministers had a common point to understand the social, political and financial issues facing the people of the north east states in the education sector, as per reports of DIPR. And following the understanding, the two arrived to an agreement that the Education Ministers of Manipur and Nagaland would jointly host a conclave of all the Education Ministers of the region to comprehend the challenges in the education sector with an objective of finding a modality to address the shortcomings collectively.
While the discussion between the two Education Ministers might have concentrated on Sainik Schools, there is no denying that education system in Manipur needs an upgrade, especially the government schools for education is where it all begins. And the Biren-led BJP coalition government has been working on all ways to improve the educational system in the state and the launched of ‘School Fagathansi’ mission in 2019 is one such noble step. Under the mission, the state government plans to improve 60 government schools in the state under a phase. Will the mission work or fail? Only time will tell but one must appreciate the fact that unlike the previous governments in the state, the present BJP government has, at least, launched a project mission to improve the educational system in the state. Moreover, with Education Minister Radheshyam taking steps by even visiting schools in rural part of the state, planning to organize a conclave of all Education Ministers of the NE, education in the state appears to be heading in the right direction. And once again, in the words of Malcolm X, Manipur appears to preparing its passport well for the future and that tomorrow will belong to the people of that state thanks to the initiatives taken up by the government.