Education- they say is extremely important, a sure way to success they call it, it inculcates values, ensures a good career, sets in civilized behaviour, secures future and the list continues. But that surely does not imply for men alone! Women are equal claimants of education and are equally deserving of it. The patriarch family or whom we call the male chauvinists may disagree but that does not make it a lesser truth. A survey report of readers digest in Saudi Arabia concluded a result that the number of women pursuing education after primary school dropped drastically. Not surprisingly even male literacy rate was immensely low there.
In a male dominated society like ours, from the moment a girl child breathes her initial breath she is taught by her mother, father and her family that she is a mere girl who should revolve around her brother like planets revolve around sun. That he is the center of attraction and she is not all that important. She should sacrifice ceaselessly, at every single dawn of her life. At the very first step she has to forgo her education for her brothers education. This is where our society falters. Today’s girl is tomorrow’s mother, wife and so much more. Her values, beliefs will decide the values, beliefs and mannerisms of her family. A boy may be the breadwinner for one family whereas she has two families’ to earn for to educate and their needs to cater to. Why then, her education is forfeited?
A Child’s education starts much before he starts going to school. The new, curious mind wonders numerous questions. Mothers should be able to respond clearly and reasonably to the child’s queries. How would it be if the mother excuses herself replying, “because god’s angry” to the baby’s question “mom why does the earthquake come?” She is not in a position to reply reasonably because she is herself uneducated. Soon the kid will settle for “GOD” where there is mystery because his quest for information is supplemented with one eternal answer “GOD”. The baby would probably never be interested in the mystical world of science.
Women are valued as homemakers and have diverse roles to play- role of a mother, wife, daughter and so much more. A broken home/marriage is an attack on woman; a depraved child is the fault of woman. How does society expect her to play well all these responsibilities without legitimately equipping her with something so indispensable like education?. Are they expected to lift a whole globe day and night and not complain of the stoop?. Girls being potential mothers should be educated so as to understand and acknowledge the need of education in the life of her kids. As mothers they shape the future of their little one’s. All saints and terrorists were once babies. Their nursing to a great extent has determined their course. Kids learn of their every waking moment and during this time mothers are their closest companions. They observe, understand and learn from them and in the process imbibe a legacy of beliefs and values from her.
Day in, day out the cases of women harassment stream as headlines. A 22-year old Rajkot woman took to streets semi-nude to protest harassment by her in-laws and husbands. The story of Kiranjeet Ahluvalia portrayed in “Provoked” depicts the position of hundreds of women struck in abusive marriages. She was accused of setting fire to her husband thus breaking free from an abusive marriage. ‘Women harassment’ is more often seen where women are not economically empowered which mostly is due to lack of education as Aishwarya Rai during the early movie repeated several times “English no good”. This was to say of Kiranjeet Ahluvalia but of so many other hapless women. Most accept atrocities as destiny. A fact so heartbreaking! To those of these women whom sons are born the ‘TRICKLE DOWN’ affect more than possible could be…
The lads will see a battered position of their mother and it’ll hardly ever be a rude awakening to them, rather acceptable and lord forbid “practically applicable”. More brutes in process! Educated woman who are in most cases capable of being economically independent have no reason to stand domestic violence or be their husband’s subordinates or for that matter in second place. She is in a position to stop the manufacture of more brutes by educating her sons not to be like their daddy. Things will be different only if we learn to respect her education.
A patriarch once remarked of Indian society that “families were ‘peaceful and happy’ in the past when most women were uneducated, restricted to homes, not daring and outspoken and thus less argument between sexes and lesser divorces”. One would argue how it makes families “peaceful and happy”. Will the families of these women they’ve left behind for their cruel husbands be “unhappy”. Further the explanation goes like this…
Family runs on two wheels- man and woman and if either is punctured the balance is disturbed. By implying that whilst the male disturbs her mentally and emotionally, she internalizes her hurts and doesn’t spell out the agony and thus their isn’t retaliation and that would make families “peaceful and happy” is nothing else but sheer stupidity. Ha! “Peace and happiness”. Is there a way to liberation from such brutes for such women? Sure,through education.
When a girl child is educated, the educational status at home changes. Educated girl is heard by her parents when she claims that this is what is taught in school .This plays a big role in awakening and notifying them if not about bigger matters, at least the basics of life. An educated woman is able to support her younger siblings and children financially with education. And not just financially she is accomplished enough to tell them something about cell, nucleus or maybe Harrappan culture, whichever she is good at Sciences or Arts. An educated woman is both aware, watchful and a responsible citizen. She knows the rights and the wrongs and is decisive enough of whether to support her husband’s ventures. She is a guide reminding him of right and steering them off the wrong.
A woman is divinity in the sense that she is potent of giving birth ,loving unconditionally, and leading her family towards goodness. Provide her the resources mandatory for her growth and ones family, community and nation will consequentially realize from the outgrowth. Investment on her education not only enables her to stand on her feet but also has a multiplier effect.
A praiseworthy recommendation is of UN’s children agency UNICEF wherein every working children is supported with free education. The proposal is in effect in countries like Nepal, Congo,