Why reach for the sky when there are footprints on the moon.
Education, something that I hold very close to my heart, something from which my eyes were opened and I was exposed to a world full of possibilities. Where nothing seemed impossible.
Education is important for anyone. Of course. However for women and girls the importance is immensely increased. Education is not only a door way to countless opportunities, but also the educational achievements of women can have direct ripple effects within the generations to come. Investing in a girls education is one of the most effective ways to reduce poverty. With education being made mainstream for women, they are able to recognise the importance of health care both for themselves and their children.
Girls who are educated are as a result more informed and aware of their rights this can have a direct effect on issues such as forced marriages, domestic violence as well as sexual, racial and gender discrimination. With girls having access to education they are also able to free themselves from the poverty cycle.
So why is this not happening?
Equal educational opportunities might not seem like much to ask for, however the harsh reality is that significant numbers of girls are denied the right to education simply based on their gender. Here the far reaching positive effects of education need to be highlighted. Education can increase awareness regarding contraception and child birth, girls who have been educated are more likely to have smaller, healthier families with greater understanding of health care.
The education of parents is also directly linked into their children’s educational achievements, therefore an educated mother’s greater influence in the household may allow her to secure more resources for her children. Having a greater understanding of the schooling systems as well as adjusting into the systems of society can also influence the positions of women. So why is this not happening? Why is there still such traditional views regarding education and the female population? Now I’m not saying we should all start burning our bras and start hating all men, but raising the questions! Most definitely! what makes a girl less worthy? Who has the right to decide? Why am I denied this right simply on the basis of being a women. For such views to change fundamentally the views of society must change, individuals need to be seen as humans before anything, before being categorised into separate gender roles, one more superior than the other.
Ultimately we do live in a masculine, patriarchal society. With a widely shared view that investing in a girls education is a waste as ultimately her responsibility is to run the home. But educating a girl can resource her home in more ways than imaginable. Education does not always mean competing with men and running the world, but competing with the ways of society and running your world!