“The future must not belong to those who bully women. It must be shaped by girls who go to school and those who stand for a world where our daughters can live their dreams just like our sons.” – Barack Obama
So what is it, what do you feel, does everyone in our country have an access to this education. Well, there are many who are lucky while a few are deprived of this valuable masterpiece.
When I saw the video, by Mahindra, I instantly fell in love with it. The video defines a fresh take on educating a girl child. I loved the conversation between the daughter and her father. How people tell him that ‘ladki haat se nikal jayegi’, just by sending his daughter to school. The curious little one wants to know why people are saying this. Her father gives her a lovely explanation.
One thing that I would like to change about our education system is that it should give the right to educate a girl child. Despite the many ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ campaigns, girl child education is an issue. Still, there are many people who do not believe in educating their daughters just for the fact that:
- They will get married one day
- They have to ultimately look after the household chores
- They cannot take the responsibilities of a boy
- They cannot run the house
- It is difficult to find a suitable groom for an educated girl
- They will have to give more dowry for an educated girl
- An educated girl becomes a snob, is egocentric, self-centred and self-obsessed
These are just some of the trivial excuses given by the society for not education a girl child.
The other day I came across an essay book which is a part of the school syllabus. It had an essay on the Modern Girl. I was aghast to read the same. It mentions, “the modern girl is no longer shy, an obedient and homely creature as she used to be. She is not ready to confine herself within the four walls of her home. She claims for her rights as she wants to enjoy life like the boys. She is more self-centred creature than a loving daughter or a sympathetic sister and a wife.” While reading this I could literally feel my blood boil, and I skimmed through to the other page. To my horror, the conclusion ended like this, ” It is true that the parents are responsible for the self-centred nature of their daughters. A girl child should be guided on how to behave at home. The parents should be careful at the formative period of her life.”
If such is the thought of a person against a woman who is well read and educated then I wonder what are his principles in life. I could not help but wondered how come this was a part of the school syllabus. Already, Indians face a lot of gender discrimination and teaching this at the school level, sows the seed earlier than expected. Boys take it in their stride that they are the ones who step out of the house while girls have to sit at home.
I agree that these days a lot of girls are being educated but there still persists a drastic gap between the men and women when it comes to literacy. India, along with China and the United States is considered to be a country with better education. Students from outside opt for courses in India. But it is a shame that India cannot educate its girls.
Facts have shown that from British India to Free India only 2-6% of girls were educated and this percentage only went up to 28.5% in 1981. However, as of 2011, the average literacy rate for women in the world is 79.7%, whereas 65.46% in India. The alarming fact is that if a girl enters school as a child, around 63.5% drop out during adolescence.
The reason for this is that all of a sudden the household chores become more important for girls. They have almost double the responsibilities at home and by the time they finish they have no time for school. Other reasons for withdrawing a girl child from school are poverty, fear of rape, child marriage and of course to learn the apt behaviour to become a dutiful wife.
Educating a girl is important, as it not only nurtures her but nurtures others as well. A girl who is let to study can build her future when a strong foundation is provided to her. Not only this, education gives wings to a girl and she can become whatever she wants to. There are many girls who want to become doctors, pilots, lawyers, politicians and even Olympians. But without education, they won’t be able to get there. Also, when the girls are educated they have a hand in not only their development but also their family, their society and not to forget their country. Education gives them a horizon which affects everyone.
It is time that we stand for our girl child. Let her see the new light, let her fulfil her quest for knowledge, let her travel the world, let her fly, don’t clip her wings. Give her every opportunity a boy would have, and yes usse haat se nikal jane do!
Educate girls and give a new meaning to ‘ladki haat se nikal jayegi’
The Post is written in line with this week’s IndiSpire Prompt What’s the most necessary change our education system need? what’s your view(s) in this issue?#EducationSystem