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Founder of Mianwali Education Trust

Dr.M.Z.K.Niazi was born in Mianwali on 30th October 1930. He was the elder son on Muhammad Umar Khan Niazi S.P(Rtd).

Dr. M.Z.K.Niazi. graduated from the de Montmorency College of Dentistry, Lahore in 1954. In 1956 he proceeded to the United States on a scholarship at the Eastman College of Dentistry, University Rochester, Rochester New York. He financed his education himself by working at odd jobs like snow clearing, working at hamburger stands and hospital jobs. He returned to Pakistan in 1959 and established a state of the art dental clinic that could rival any modern dental clinic in the United States. He served patients from all walks of life including heads of the states. He was privileged to serve as a dental surgeon to the Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Prime Minister of Pakistan from 1968- 1979.

Last Address of Dr.M.Z.K.Niazi To The Teachers and Staff of Mianwali Education Trust College

Dr.M.Z.K.Niazi was born in Mianwali on 30th October 1930. He was the elder son on Muhammad Umar Khan Niazi S.P(Rtd).

March 2002

Dear Principal and staff,

I am writing these words and thoughts on the eve of my departure to the United States for treatment.

It is my belief that it is not our destiny to remain trapped in poverty and to remain oppressed. As you all know for yourselves the people from our area have a high sense of self respect and a quiet sense of dignity in their personalities, irrespective of their socio-economic or ethnic origin. In my opinion this is a great natural asset on which to build our education and our future from the humble beginnings of our school.

I want to stress that MET is not only our school, it is an ideology for seeking progress and change in the true sense. We have to awake and take our destiny in our own hands.

If we look around the picture we see of ourselves is of a people who have no access to good education or good health care; we are forced to compromise for low paid jobs for young people, we have a heightened religious instinct yet we seek knowledge from sources that may need education in islamic knowledge themselves. We do not read books as a habit and start to feel secure in ignorance.

All this is our own fault. Such a scene has to change. I look upon you as the pioneer brigade who has to take command of their own community and their own destiny. Iqbal the poet has the message for you:

At our school we area symbol of progress; we have taken a pledge to become life long learners and produce a new generation of life long learners. Our motto is to seek knowledge and training. Our cleaner is being trained in knowledge and skills of cleaning to maintain our beautiful building. We are seeking help from experienced and wise men to plan our horticulture, our teachers go to centres of excellence for more knowledge and training. We take knowledge from whatever source possible. While doing this we are following the guidance given to us by our Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) to seek knowledge.

 

I look upon this school as your nursery and you as its pioneer guardians who have to meet the challenges of the 21st century, and produce young men and women who will go forward in life to make their mark. Nationally and internationally. As their teachers, you are the architects who will design their destiny.

We have been trying to introduce a system of teaching in which teachers are given their due status and a contributing role to use their talents in free , relaxed a and a stress free environment. Under this system an inspiring team effort is realized in which teachers become the THINK TANKS  of the Principal and equal helpers and allies in educating their children. It is the children who are the focus of their efforts and abilities so that the children excel and blossom. This is the greatest reward of a teacher and an institution.

It is easy to introduce a system, but is not easy to adapt it in spirit. To change such traditions an habits is not easy. An open mind and a sustained effort and pre-requisites of change. Keeping an open mind means to receive suggestions, evaluations and feed back and not to reject it or to take offence. We all like to reject negative feed back as personal criticism and ease our conscience. Of course feed back  has to be shared and evaluated with wise educators and peers in the same field.

I will try to identify some areas and factors which block desire change. You all can initiate, debate and discuss among yourselves for greater understanding.

  1. From childhood onwards in the years of growing and working we form opinions and notions. Some are inherited and some are acquired. Set ways of thinking, following traditions and the prevailing practices get ingrained in the mind. A firm belief in the goodness of our objectives and a consistent conscious effort at self-evaluation contributes to the willingness to change for the positive.
  2. Every individual is endowed with special and different skills and abilities. We need to recognize that we can learn from our own peers or age group, even from the children and people younger in age or junior in position. They may know about certain subjects and we may not to be availing an benefiting from their special skills and abilities to the advantage of our institution.
  3. Our overall cultural pattern is rather authoritarian. We are conditioned to take orders, obey and not question. Sometimes this may be handy and good for maintaining discipline but the over all effect of such a pattern is:
  4. That it erodes self confidence
  5. It does not contribute to the ability to make decisions and take responsibility for ones own decisions.
  6. It does not contribute to the development of the faculty to reason out problems and situations.
  7. It ills personal initiative.
  8. a repot of the World Bank identifies a weakness in our psyche that Pakistanis are very good workers as individuals but they cannot get along and function well as group. It is their assessment that our system has not taught us how to function in groups.

 

Now let me come to our own performance which is the special concern of us all. Without being diplomatic because I feel I am addressing members of my own family. I am obliged to convey the following.

We introduce the PARTICIPATORY SYSTEM  in the year 2000. After an observation of 1 ½ years. I was obliged to step in myself. You had presented a quality paper on Educational Management in the meeting at the Ali Institute of Management. Coming to the practical side we experienced that the spirit absorbed into the system. What we found was that there was a total lack of participation. It may not be necessary to say that it was altogether the fault of the management, some may have adopted to stay out but what has to be emphasized and stressed it that we had to introduce rapid changes in order to encourage the TOTAL PARTICIPATION of all concerned.

The result is that there is evidence of a new enthusiasm; there is more input from the changes. We can look forward to a new era. However, we must continue to review and evaluate our progress.

The principal and the co-ordinators have to inspire confidence in the system

And motivate all the teachers to participate in a positive manner.

You have taken up the challenge to complete the mission. Altogether you have to become a dynamic force. You all have plenty of talent, a strong sense of commitment and I do not see any one of us lacking insincerity. With such a combination Insha Allah you cannot fail.

I will continue to be accessible to you as a father figure and not as a boss. I can never be a boss to any one. I honor and respect human beings to the extent that I consider myself an equal among equals.

I love you all as my family. Your welfare, security and freedom to use and express your talents will remain uppermost in my mind as long as god gives me the opportunity to continue this mission.

 

With my personal regards

Yours Sincerely

DR.M.Z.K.Niazi

Dr.M.Z.K. Niazi passed away on 26th November’ 2002 on his last visit to his beloved, Mianwali Education Trust School now Mianwali Education Trust College during a teacher’s meeting on the school premises.

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