Throughout my adolescence, I started noticing a difference between my nation and other developed countries, and I asked myself the following questions: “When and how can we improve the conditions in the developing countries?” Should foreign countries assist us in the developing process? Furthermore, why does our government not make decisions in the interest of the nation?
After graduating from high school, I founded an educational startup, teaching programming to youngsters in an interactive manner. My goal stemmed from the belief that education is vital in improving the development of a country. I succeeded in receiving a scholarship from Qazvin Islamic Azad University, Iran, and through my grant, I was able to engage in Computer Science education campaigns and projects. I chose CS because I trusted that my country’s future generations needed this field for its advancement, and it seems that I was right.
Two years later, I concluded that even if Iranians had the appropriate STEM education and enough professional human resources, we still could not have been able to solve the issues in my country; problems are far more fundamental than I expected. Then, I started to question my country and its social infrastructure. For instance, why does the social gap increase daily? Why do people living in deprived areas not have access to basic welfare? Why do we continuously struggle with unemployment and inflation? I became aware that promoting CS would not be enough to help me answer these questions. After consulting with my professors, I decided to change my major from CS to social science. My purpose was to gain an in-depth knowledge of how societies work and function efficiently.
Excluding the very few rich, almost all people in my country do not have the proper education to live in 2021. Our pedagogy requires serious restructuring since we do not educate policymakers in our schools; we do not train our politicians, judges, lawyers, and decision-makers to perform their duties professionally. I do not mean that our workforce is inefficient and unable to perform; they are merely the right components in a flawed system. I believe that the main problem of a developing country like Iran is the “System”. If the main system is faulty, it does not matter how good the components we have are, they cannot have a broad impact, and in time they become defective as well.
Instead of managers, we need system designers to construct optimal systems like the judicial, economic, and other subsystems. We need technocrats with systematic thinking and concerns about society. Eventually, the question is, “Where can we find the people to be good system designers?”.
Well, This is my question, and I see it as my mission to answer this question with a suitable solution. A mission that can affect my career and education and give my life a strange direction; However, I am strong-minded to pursue this mission as far as I can. This path ends where I can either become a system designer or, even better, design a system in which system designers grow!
By the way, the most reliable way to communicate, I think, is still email. Not so easy to send them for anything, there is plenty of room to write, and people do not expect an immediate response! Hence, for all-purpose, you can reach me via: [email protected]