Student’s Role in Social Development
Those who study in schools, colleges or universities are usually known as students. Student life is the life of preparation for future life. To acquire knowledge is the main duty of a student. But a student also has some duties to his societies. These duties are known as social service. As social service the students can take part in activities such as removing illiteracy, helping keep the environment clean, helping the farmers use mechanized farming, helping people in a time of natural calamity or in any crisis of the country, etc. Education enables the student to understand within himself his strengths and freedom in his life. Education starts not only at school but from every home.
In Bangladesh, almost half of the people cannot read and write. It is not possible for Govt. alone to remove illiteracy from the country. Students can easily give some voluntary service in this regard. They can teach the illiterate people in night schools or in community schools. During the holidays, they can go out for a campaign to make people aware of the importance of education. Young people are often considered to represent the future as they bring new ideas and energy to add to the pool of knowledge that currently exists.
Village people are usually backward in their thinking. There are many superstitions among them. Some superstitious and religiously-blinded people think that birth control is against religion. Students can go to these people and can help them remove their superstitions. They can encourage them to be self-sufficient through different income’ generating activities.
Students can contribute to improving national health. In this case, the female students’ role is very important. They can teach illiterate womenfolk how to bring up their Children and take care of their health. Besides, students can teach illiterate people how to maintain hygiene. They can teach how to keep the environment neat and clean.
Students can help people who stiffer during natural calamities. During severe floods or tidal surge, they can collect funds and distribute these among the victims. They can stand by the homeless and penniless people and take part in relief operations. We have seen how the youth stand as one against the negative aspects like corruption, violence, terrorism and fight for the peace and security of the nation.
Students are the future leaders of a country. They are an integral part of our society. Side by side with ‘study they must render sonic social services. These social services instill patriotic feelings in the minds of students. These services also help them develop fellow feelings and compassion without which social peace and prosperity cannot be ensured. So every student must be conscious of their services to society.