“There tends to be a philosophical discussion about how to create an education system for the students; whether the education system is going to cater to getting a good job or is the education system there to enhance your mental capabilities, your intellectual capabilities or your emotional capabilities” said Ali Hamza this past Friday.

There was a panel discussion, compromising of psychologists Mrs. Komal Nagi, Mrs. Raheela Tariq, Dr. Maryam Haroon and Ali Hamza. The panel was highlighting the topic The Stigma around Mental Health and it’s effects on students. CareforAll an annual event arranged by FAST Care, a charity society at FAST-NU and aimed to discuss the mental illnesses arising from societal pressure. The lack of people opening up and unwilling to seek professional help tends to worsen the situation. Sir Ali Zulfiqar was the moderator of the session.

The panel agreed that lack of understanding of the topic and delaying an appointment with a psychiatrist results in low emotional intelligence and intolerance among the youth. Controlling stress levels and exercising daily can help out an individual.

Ali Hamza added “The faculty and the school side play a role in creating a stressful environment. The stresses are related to the way, the kind of discipline these students go through. I don’t think academic institutions have created a policy and have not been conscious (to improve your mental, intellectual and emotional capabilities). Academic institutions are totally geared in putting the students in the job market, which is a global issue. These issues need to be addressed more holistically and we as a society need to more conscious about that.”

Umair Jaliawala's monologue on the day proved to be a success as well. Inspiring the youth, increasing their self-awareness, Reidi Gul had it all. Umair also focused on the need of transformation; the personal effort to get things right, motivating the audience to accomplish their goals and targets.

The event went by smoothly and the audience was very involved throughout all the sessions. Last year’s CareforAll had some exciting topics on the list, as Care did a tremendous job pointing out the problems faces by transgenders and acid attack victims. Education being a basic right was one of the topics to talk about too.

This edition of CareforAll targeted the problem of Interfaith Harmony and how intolerance among the people is on the rise. Unfortunately, thousands of people have been victims of sectarian attacks and have been targeted on account of their faith, including Christians and Muslim minority sects. There was a panel discussion, again, compromising of experts: Dr. Khalid Zaheer, Dr. Fatima Ali Haider and Zaroon Peerzada. Naeem Baloch was moderating the session.

“No religion teaches one to lie, no religion teaches one to be unjust, no religion teaches one to steal from others, all religions teach one common message: i.e. to do good  and spread goodness among the people around you.” Said Zaroon Peerzada this past Thursday.

It is important to focus on our religions first rather than hitting other people's religions. Being an extremist and hating people from other religions could only lead to divide us a nation. “People fight for religion, people die for religion but people don’t follow religion”.

Dr. Khalid Zaheer also gave a brief interpretation of the hadith “Whoever among you sees an evil action, let him change it with his hand [by taking action]; if he cannot, then with his tongue [by speaking out]; and if he cannot, then with his heart [by at least hating it and believing that it is wrong], and that is the weakest of faith.” (Muslim)

“It is necessary that we don't believe whatever information we hear regarding religion. Every hadith and ayaah has a context. If we interpret the hadith and the ayaah according to what suites us and out of its actual context, then it leads to the wrong message being spread”.

Dr. Fatima Ali Haider also agreed that ignoring the people who are victims of these attacks succumbs them as they feel they are being avoided. Interacting and empathizing with them can reduce the pain and sufferings they go through.

Jibran Nasir's keynote proved to be important as he spoke about the freedom of expression and criticized that people's opinions regarding matters and said pressure from the society leads them to perform inhumane acts, something no religion would support. He also discussed his personal story and how social media as a platform has enabled him to voice out his opinions.

Badnaam also made their presence known with a charismatic and electrifying concert which kept the audience on the edge of their seats!

DramaF, a renowned drama society at FAST-NU, also gave rich and thrilling theatre performances on both days which helped to add to the auspicious event.