If you are able to read this sentence, you are one of the few fortunate individuals who have had a basic level of education. Unfortunately for a majority of young girls in developing nations, having the ability to read is a privilege they are not able to enjoy.
Education for women is perceived more as a privilege than a necessity. Currently throughout the world, Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa are known to have the highest rates of illiteracy, including 62% of women in Africa, and 71% in Southern Asia (UNESCO).
These statistics can be traced to a variety of cultural and socio-economic factors in regions where women are not deemed fit to explore career opportunities or basic education. This is often due to preset standards of a woman’s role within the home.
In certain instances, girls are subject to run the household at an early age, caring for younger siblings in the absence of a provider. In other instances, young girls are sold for a bride price before reaching the age of ten, thus dropping out of primary school to become a caretaker and wife (UNICEF).
Accessibiity to attend school can also be found extremely difficult. This is seen in rural areas, where transportation is not readily available and children are forced to walk hours to school on foot (New York Times).
Discouraging girls to achieve basic educational tools in the classroom significantly slows all measures of progression and development within society, feeding a population of incompatibility towards economic relief. This deficiency has left devastating effects on many countries, resulting in scarce employment opportunities, low female representation in public discourse and decision-making, and stagnant development in national growth.
Ultimately, education for women should be taken into greater consideration as a clear solution to filling the voids in underdevelopment. The positive implications towards education for women are endless. Well-educated women are far less likely to have children at an early age, and contract diseases such as HIV/AIDS. Similarly, educated women are more adept to maintaining refined techniques in agricultural production, leading to an abundance of resources for their community. Education can also lead to successful business initiatives, where women have the tools to make smart investments in prosperous entrepreneurial endeavors (UNICEF).
Women are the propelling force needed to create sustainable and innovative change for the future. Given a fair opportunity in education, women can significantly lift a nation out of difficulty and hardship though their important societal roles. To acknowledge this truth, education need not be considered as a rarity for the few, but an outlet for all.
Do Good Lab understands these needs and is here to champion organizations that work to bring education opportunities to girls. A rising tide raises all ships.
Written by Stephanie Nelson
Posted by Aezed Raza on Friday, April 12th, 2013 at 7:00 am and tagged education.