Swami Vivekananda has rightly said, “Educate your women first and leave them to themselves, they will tell you what reforms are needed”.
Education plays a major role in the social and economic growth of a nation. A nation can be educated in the real sense of the term when its entire population is educated. Female education is equally important for all-round progress of a country. Education enhances the intellectual, social and emotional development of women and enables them to meet their basic needs of daily life. It also helps in reducing the inequality of society.
Napolean, the ruler of France, said that ” Nation’s progress is impossible without trained and educated mothers. If the women of my country are not educated, about half of the people will be ignorant”.
Although, in many parts of India, female education is not given importance; some of the reasons are dowry, child marriage, caste system and purdah system, which is still prevalent in society. Many people believe that a girl is a ” paraya dhan” and investing the money in her education is waste as the money would be needed during her marriage to be given as dowry.
Another reason is, the great belief in India that for a girl, it is more important to become perfect in household works than getting an education. This also forces the girl to focus on household work.
The government of India has initiated various programmes and policies to ensure that a girl does not miss out any opportunity of getting an education. After Independence, the government had set up a National Committee on Women’s Education in 1958 and it recommended that women should be at par with male education. Some of the other schemes are:
* Sakshar Bharat Mission for female literacy launched in 2008 for promoting adult education especially among women under which Lok Shiksha Kendras were set up.
* Kasturba Balika Vidyalay for the establishment of residential upper primary school for girls.
* National programme for the education of girls at the elementary level for the reduction in the school dropouts by giving special attention to weak girls.
* Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan to provide infrastructure for girls hostel for secondary education.
* Ladli scheme to alter the position of the girl kid in the family. The daughter girl obtains free education and upbringing along with which she will permit to acquire after 18 years of age and passing 12th.
* Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao started in 2015, aims to generate awareness and improving the efficiency of welfare services meant for women.
* Sukanya Samridhi Yojana launched in 2015 campaign to meet the expense of the girl child’s higher education and marriage.
” Girls with dreams become women with vision – let’s create a world where this vision runs wild and free”.
Education for a girl child means making the next generation well educated, full of virtues, free from the useless superstitions, confident and capable to do something good for the family, for the society and for the country as a whole. Development cannot be accelerated unless girls are given the right education in the right direction.
Stop telling your daughter that old-school dreamy fairy tale,
Tell her success stories of empowered women who never fail.
Stop making her believe this is the world where only men stand,
Raise her in a way that she takes her destiny in her own hands.
Let her fly...💫