Educating the girl child means educating the family.

In today’s time where we have reached moon there are still the girls who are neglected, they are not getting a proper education. I always thought of it as a matter of past or something that happens in some rural areas until one day when one of my friends had to gone through this. She had to leave the school because her parents could not afford to pay both their children’s fees so they chose to provide education to her brother and not to her.

Education of a child starts from the family and mother is the first teacher. But, the irony in India is that although the deity of education is a female i.e. Goddess Saraswati according to the Hinduism, innumerable number of women are illiterate.

They are not remaining uneducated by their own wish but they are being forbidden from receiving education because of the patriarchal families in our society like my friend did not want to leave the school in fact she was the topper of the class but her parents did not find her education as important as her brother’s simply because she was a girl.

Right from the early Vedic period people have been celebrating the birth of a son, but in those days’ daughters born into a family were not neglected and educated properly. However the scene was changed during the later Vedic Age and the daughters were considered as a social burden. Only the girls belonging to upper class families enjoyed the right of education and got proper nourishment. In medieval period the conditions deteriorated for the females and even in royal families, girls could not get the same status as the boys.

In most of the families the birth of a girl child is not desired and if accepted they are thought inferior to boys and their education is not considered important because it seems wastage of money to most of the parents. They think it unreasonable because afterwards they have been compelled to bear a heavy amount towards their dowry. So the female literacy is rate is unsatisfactory and it has a direct impact upon the overall development of a nation and its population growth. If India wants to be one of the developed nations it must concentrate on female education because if we educate a man we educate an individual but if we educate a women we educate an entire family. Again the root cause of all problems facing the women is related to education. If all women are educated, then all problems like female infanticide, dowry, female suicides, domestic battering, malnutrition of women, child marriage and other related atrocities would get vanished from India.

Education provides an essential qualification to fulfill certain economic, political and cultural functions and improves women’s socioeconomic status. At very age and level education enhances the intellectual, social and emotional development of women and enables them to meet their basic needs to daily life. It brings reduction in inequalities in the society.

In my opinion only educated women can understand the needs of the family. They will never send their children to work in any shop or factory, rather they will arrange for their education in good schools. They will take proper care of the health and diet of their children. A mother knows what is good for her kids and how they should be brought up. Thus, educated mothers would promote education for all their children without discrimination. But if a mother (girl) is not educated and gets children then she would do anything without reasoning and harm herself and her children. As she is not educated, she would tend to think that education is only for the male and not for the female and thus, she would ingrain in her daughters the idea that they are inferior to their brothers.

As girls are not educated they remain dependent on their family before marriage, on their husband after marriage and on their children after the death of their spouse. This is the main reason for the unpleasant condition of women. So if girls will be educated, they will no longer be dependent on any one and they can do a lot for their uplift.

I firmly believe that most of the problems of society can be eradicated by educating the girl child.

 

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