It is a famous saying of Napoleon Bonaparte, “give me an educated mother, I shall promise you the birth of civilized educated nation”.
Education is the fundamental right of every human being and no one can deny, and girls should have equal opportunities to learn and excel in their fields and make the world proud of them. Girls education is on of the major issue which has to be addressed not on national but on international level.
Unfortunately in Pakistan many girls are denied access to education due to poverty, societal pressure and cultural beliefs and gender discrimination.
Currently Pakistan facing the challenges of girls education.
12 million girls are out of school in Pakistan and they don’t even have access to early education, World Bank report
Girls education is not only about getting girls into school but it is also about make them powerful, independent and skillful so they can stand out in society with confidence.
Education is a powerful tool that can change the life of girls and their communities. Educated girls are likely to earn more and make their own position in society. They can make their own decisions about their lives and bring positive change in society.
Gender discrimination is another barrier to girls education. In developing countries girls are seen inferior to boys and do not have equal education.
Parents often hesitate to send their daughters to schools because of poor infrastructure, long distance, lack of security particularly in rural areas.
Early marriage is also a barrier as most people priorities their domestic duties over education.
Poverty also effects girls education mostly parents do not afford to enrolled their girls to schools, and girls are often first to be excluded.
In order to overcome this gap in the government must to take concrete steps, build separate schools for girls, ensure the quality of education and provide security to them. NGOs can also play their role to highlight the importance of education and provide financial support to families who can not afford to send their children to school.
The writer is a student of BS Journalism Studies at Punjab University and she can be reached at: [email protected]