Written by Buumba Lambo
Founder at Buumbalambo Foundation
Education is a process of receiving or giving out instruction, this may be done in a school, household or institution. Education is also the theory and practice of teaching. Education is key to everyone's survival in this world because it makes our lives comfortable, fulfilled and happy.
In order for the girl child to be somebody recognized in society they have to be educated. The girl child will need to read widely, keep up to date with news and current affairs and issues taking place in the world and know the issues that affect people's lives. Without education one finds it difficult to follow instructions on medical prescriptions, bus timetables, shopping, reading recipes, the list is endless.
The saying "To educate a woman is to educate the nation" is very true. Women are the ones who give birth to children, they bring up the children and teach them so much. The woman in most cases is the one who fends for the family, cooks and ensures the household is run properly. Getting the girl child educated also eliminates isolation, in education the child is able to share ideas from friends and colleagues and sharpen her day to day skills.
In today's modern world we see female Prime Ministers and Presidents. They have managed to take positions that are normally acquainted with men because they had been given the right to education.
Educating the girl child is a basic Human Right and everyone should fight to ensure this Right is enjoyed by every girl everywhere in the world.
In most African Countries the girl child is deprived of education while the boy child is given opportunity to learn. This often leads to abuse because the girl child is deprived knowledge on issues concerning her body, her life, her environment and the rights belonging to her. The girl child is made to stay home, do house work and even forced to get married at a very early and tender age. She is taken advantage of and in the end loses her self-confidence.
The culture of discriminating against a girl child has to stop but it will take a long time to change peoples beliefs and views especially in the rural areas. Professionals have to work tirelessly to educate people on the importance of getting the girl child to acquire education.
How has education made your life better? What is the education system in your country like? Is safety education taught? Do you have a story, opinion or criticism to share? Leave a comment or send us an email today; firstname.lastname@example.org
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