WEB DESK: Education without discrimination is an every human being’s right. Unfortunately, in our country going to school for majority of girls is yet a dream. Gender discrimination in education is a serious issue that needs to be addressed.
According to a recent research holding a measurement showing that female population of Pakistan is 48.63% and literacy rate of Pakistani women is still struggling around 40% out of which only 18% receives 10 years of schooling which indicates that nearly 50% of Pakistani women cannot read or write.
Social behaviors are a strong driver of the marginalization of girl child from getting equal access to education. The mindset of our people in less privileged and rural areas is a reason behind such alarming numbers of illiteracy.
Majority of parents believe that by educating their son they are rightfully investing in their future, whereas they feel that educating their daughter is purely a waste of money because they eventually get married and cannot take responsibilities of their aging parent’s wellbeing.
We know that educating women is an important factor in development of a nation and well being of families and communities; it can play a powerful role in providing exposure and opportunities to women to break barriers of discrimination and reducing poverty.
Women have surpassed men at different professional levels which have helped them achieve remarkable professional careers. Investing in girl’s education can increases monetary benefits for female population of a country and will strengthen its economy and productivity. Educated mothers are better aware of their kid’s nutritional needs, health care and education.
Beyond all odds, we have a courageous living example of a Pakistani girl named Malala Yousaf Zai from Swat district who was targeted and shot by Taliban militants for raising her voice against ban on female education in Swat, she fearlessly stood up for the cause and has now become the voice of every girl child for standing up for the right of child education, it shows that as a nation we have the passion to eliminate discrimination and to reshape our society’s attitude towards educating girl child.
Besides focusing on prioritizing female education there are some very important elements of our education system which requires improvement in view of providing equal and quality education for all children.
- Our education system has been divided into three mediums, English medium, Urdu medium and Madarssah’s. We need to devotedly work in this area to design and come up with one system acceptable for all which can respond to today’s diverse needs to meet global standard of education. It will help in bringing down the social division in our society.
- Teachers are the most important part in structuring and shaping of our future generations, resulting in building a strong nation. Successful educational system requires well trained teachers.
- It’s an unfortunate fact that language education has not been given its due importance in our curriculum, it should be consider across all educational levels as a basic skill for students.
- Another area which direly needs an attention is to spread awareness about value of education specially about educating girl child, an aggressive awareness drive engaging all mediums of media print, electronic and digital should be launch.
Current global challenges need women to equally and effectively participate in the development process of a country which can only met when we support and provide promising path of access to equal and quality education for all children and especially for girl child by adopting and formulating useful and pragmatic strategies with an appropriate framework prioritizing female education and to allow children to grow with better skills and pursue a career following their independent choices and interests.
Girl education is the key to bring successful and positive change in our society and it’s about time to reconstruct our negative mind set and rigid ideals towards female education.