Girl Child Education
Girl Child Education – The Key to Development
”When you educate a man, you educate an individual and when you educate a woman, you educate an entire family.” This declaration is multi faceted—an educated woman has the self confidence, skills as well as intelligence to understand the need to be a better daughter, sister, wife and mother and make a progressive family. Education is the only tool with which a girl or a woman can empower herself and eventually her family.
About girl child education in India
Even today, most of the people in the world believe that Indians are traditional and old-fashioned. Although this opinion is not entirely correct, one can still say that some part of this assumption could be true, especially the outlook (of many Indians) towards girl child education. Though many of the people in our country, specifically those residing in the urban or suburban areas, take a keen interest in educating the female children in their families – one cannot say that those living in the rural areas have the same type of interest in educating their girls.
Girl child education in India is in an inconsistent state: In the various under-developed and economically backward societies that exist in our country, young girls simply don’t have a choice in education. They are either forced to work or get married instead of benefiting from the various educational programs and career choices. What’s shocking is, this kind of situation prevails in a country which has declared many subsidies for the sake of educating the poor and under privileged children.
Yes; despite the countless measures taken by the central and state governments, many people simply choose not to send their girl children even to those public schools that offer free education and free noon meals. On the other hand, there are parents who make every effort to give their children a decent education and no social condition or economic problem can deter them from achieving their goal.
What is the reason behind this disparity? The exact cause of this discrepancy cannot be determined out rightly, as in many cases the decision to educate the girl child usually depends on the parents’ attitude, upbringing, social pressure, financial condition, etc. But, to a certain extent, one can safely state that the lack of awareness on the side of the parents’ is the main deterrent to the education of the girl child. Because, most of the parents who abstain from sending their girls to schools are either illiterate or ignorant of the educational opportunities and benefits that can be availed by their girl children.
What should be done to check this discrepancy? Now, before taking any stringent actions against the parents who are either against or refrain from educating their girls, the concerned officials and administration should also consider about the actual position of the parents. Because, most parents are really ignorant of the importance of girls’ education as they firmly believe that it is only a waste of time/money, unlike the case of boys who are “bound” to bring prosperity to their families in future.
Only special regulations and rules that are appropriate and designed to suit the lives of the concerned parents and female children can bring about a radical and instant change in the state of the girl child education in India. Therefore, while making schooling compulsory for girls, the government should also bestow an educational program that will agree with the needs of the girl children and their families.