Education of girls- A challenge for all countries
Education is considered as a basic human right, sadly, such is not the case when it comes to girls’ education in many developing as well as developed countries. Not only the young girls are not allowed to attend schools in many countries, they are also forced into early marriages. Due to their lack of education, they face numerous troubles in their married lives from not receiving proper medical care in pregnancies to domestic abuse, all because they are not properly educated.
Countries have realized and it has become quite imperative that all the children, young boys and girls, are given a proper academic environment, where they can achieve quality education.
Some impediments to girls’ education
In many countries, the education for females is considered a luxury, not a necessity. There are many obstacles to education for adolescent girls, some of them being forced into early marriages, discrimination, culture and traditions of particular areas. In some cases, it is also the fault of the government that sets quotas for scholarship for boys, especially in science subjects as they are deemed more capable in this arena, so the girls lag behind in this field.
It has been noted due to the low literacy rate in girls, teenage pregnancies are on the rises that cause girls to drop out of school and so the cycle continues.
Partnering for the better future
It has become apparent that any country cannot eradicate this problem on its own. The world as a whole has to work together to eliminate this problem.
Powerful government organizations like DFID (Department of International Development), USAID, etc. can partner with multinational corporations to ease the pathway and reach as many girls as is possible. Many institutions have started this on a small scale as the CSR, but as the situation is critical, it is the need of the hour that the projects are taken globally.
Conferences in New York
To eradicate the problem of low literacy rate in girls, there has been a constant struggle from the US, especially in New York. Recently, the UN held a meeting at its headquarters in New York, where powerful leaders from all around the world gathered and pledged their support for this cause.
Michelle Obama, the First Lady of the United States of America, highlighted the need to educate adolescent girls and outlined impediments to girls’ education that many countries face. The leaders of several countries also pledged significant financial contributions specifically to girls’ education fund.
Furthermore, recently in New York, CHARGE (the Collaborative for Harnessing Ambition and Resources for Girls Education) held a conference with the UNESCO director, Hillary Clinton and the former prime minister of Australia Julia Gillard as the main participants. CHARGE basically works at the grass root level to improve girls’ education focusing on five areas, namely access, safety learning, transitions and leadership. It is an initiative of public and private institutions who are working collaboratively to eradicate the challenges faced by girls to attain education on a global level. This project aims to reach girls across the globe and provide them education on not only necessary subjects, but it also aims to impart skills to girls that help them gain a sustainable livelihood later on.