Education will Empower

 

In spite of being a single mother, Rita was determined to give the best education to her daughter and was working very hard to do the same. How was she able to manage it? Rita was a professor in a college. She well comprehended the importance of education and made sure to imbibe it in her daughter as well.

 

“Bai saheb, if only my parents had allowed me to go to school, then today, I wouldn’t be washing utensils in your house. I always wanted to become a teacher, but that dream died when my brother was given admission in school and I was told to sit at home and learn all the housework,” Sunita poured her heart out to Rita while cleaning the gas stove.

 

Girl Child Education!!

 

Educating girls is not just about providing them with knowledge and skills; it is a fundamental right and a critical step towards achieving gender equality and empowering women worldwide. The benefits of educating girls are far-reaching, impacting not only individuals but entire communities and societies. There are several significant reasons why educating girls is crucial:

 

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty:

Education is one of the most effective ways to cut through destitution. Literate girls are more prospective ones to earn higher incomes, contribute to economic growth, and lift themselves and their families out of impoverishment. After one year of a steady job, Savitri borrowed a loan and bought a one BHK flat. Her father couldn’t stifle the tears of joy when they left the slum area and stepped into their new apartment.

 

Health and Well-being:

Learned girls are anticipated to have access to healthcare services and make informed decisions about their health and well-being. They are also more likely to delay marriage, have fewer children, and provide better care for their families.

“Dad please, understand one thing very clearly, I am not going to marry before the age of 25.” Preeti declared when her father was forcing her to tie the knot at the age of 18.

“Rakesh, I wish to have only one or two kids. My dream is to give them the best upbringing possible,” Malthi told her husband on their wedding night.

 

Empowerment and Equality:

Education empowers girls by giving them the knowledge, skills, and confidence to pursue their goals and aspirations. It also promotes gender equality by challenging traditional gender roles and stereotypes. Today, girls with degrees and talent have proved that they can be equally dependable and successful as their male counterparts.

 

Reduced Child Marriage and Early Pregnancy:

schooled girls foreseeably  delay marriage and childbirth, leading to better health outcomes for themselves and their children. You will find them more career oriented with the fire to prove their worth.

“I hereby declare that every girl in the village must finish matriculation and must not be married before the age of 21,” Jeevandas took this huge step as soon as he was elected as the Sarpanch of his village.

 

Social and Economic Development:

Educating girls is essential for social and economic development. It leads to higher productivity, greater innovation, and a more skilled workforce, contributing to overall prosperity and growth. The nation’s economy is highly accelerated when both male and female contribute to generate large quantum of money from more technical fields rather than menial jobs.

 

Environmental Sustainability:

Educated girls definitely are more environment conscious and engage in sustainable practices, contributing to environmental conservation and a brighter future. Well educated women and mothers understand the importance of hygiene and the potential hazards that come from unclean practices. They are bound to train their children into better habits of living.

 

Peace and Stability:

Education is a powerful tool for promoting peace and stability. Literate girls avoid getting involved in conflict, they’re more into contributing towards peaceful and inclusive societies. Education brings in a greater level of tolerance and the wisdom of what to ignore for a more harmonious existence.

When Fatima saw the ladies of her society fighting for the limited drinking water provided by the municipality, she intervened and said gently, “How about each one first fills one pot and if there is time, you can come back for the second one?”

 

In conclusion, I’d like to say that educating girls is not just a moral imperative; it is a smart investment with multiple benefits for individuals, communities and societies. By ensuring that girls have equal access to quality education, we unlock their full potential and create a more equitable and prosperous world for everyone.

 

In Malala Yousafzai’s words: Education is the first step for empowerment.”

 

Shamim Merchant,.