Educating a girl child has always been a mission for a government due to the patriarchal society where all the privileges have only been shared by men. Not just in India but throughout the world, women have been discriminated against for a long time now. You must have heard of girl education quotes such as“educate girls is to reduce poverty” by Kofi Annan.
We can say that the seeds of success in every nation on Earth are best planted in women and children. Now you must be wondering why all these quotes? Why do we need them? So, the reason behind this is a huge difference between girls and boys sex ratio.
The most common reason behind this is people do not want to give birth to a girl child or kill her if she takes birth. Life of Women has always been full of struggles as from raising voice against domestic violence to fighting for their voting rights their life has been nothing less than a roller coaster ride.
Girls have always been seen as a liability in the male-dominated society. Thus the same patriarchal society does not want women to take education because they think that it would be a waste of money as she has to ultimately get married. Secondly, they think that the role of women is inside the four walls of the house and not outside that.
Girl Education in India
India being a land full of different types of prejudice, women prejudice is one of the popular kind. Indian society is a male-dominated society where the head of the family is a man whereas women have no right to speak even in family matters. Her role is confined only to household chores. Thus the education imparted to her is altogether different from what it is given to boys. They only get the knowledge on how to do household chores while boys are allowed to attend schools. Women's literacy rate in India is only 53% while the male literacy rate is 78%, these figures show how women are discriminated against even now.
The Constitution of India guarantees the right to education to all, still, people do not allow their daughters to attend schools. Most of us think that this type of discrimination is not present in the 21st century and things have changed but in reality, people do not allow their girl child to go to schools, especially in remote areas.
Thus girl education in India has been a major issue that needs to be resolved soon because educating them is beneficial not only for her but for the whole world.
Importance of Girl Education
The 21st century has shown a slight change in people’s mindset and they have started looking at the positive sides of imparting education to girls. There are many benefits of girl education which we are mentioning below-
Promote Gender Equality- The role men and women play in society can be traced back to the gender gap. Equality is a fundamental human right given to every citizen regardless of age, race, caste, sex, place of birth. Educated women will able to raise out her voice against any kind of discrimination as she will be very well aware of their rights.
Improves Literacy Rate- India's literacy rate continues to be below average thus a major reason why India is still an underdeveloped economy issue to widespread illiteracy. There is a popular saying- Educated women make the whole society educated. Once she knows the value of education she will pass it on to her future generations and ensure that her kids are getting an education.
Makes them Independent- Illiteracy is the only reason why people consider women as a liability or a burden because once she gets an education she doesn't have to be dependent on her parents or husband. She will be able to make both ends meet and can support her family also.
Raise the Overall Income of the Country- Educated women are the helping hand in the country's economy. They add on to the existing labor and this will increase the overall productivity rate of the country.
To promote girl education, the government has been consistently trying by introducing many girl education schemes such as Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Sukanya Samridhi Yojana, Balika Samridhi Yojana, etc. You can also find many Girl education posters in your schools, books, etc. Before this social practice turns into sin and adversely affects the country it is high time that people should accept how important it is to educate a girl child.
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