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  • Woospire
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    According to a 2013 report by UNESCO, 31 million girls of primary school age were not in school, and about one out of every four young women in developing countries had never completed their primary school education. That number represents a huge pool of untapped girl power: that same report suggests that educated women are more likely to get married later, survive childbirth, raise healthy kids, find work, and earn more money, among other positives.

    Darshini Suresh
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    Even though the Indian government had passed a strong statement regarding the education of female children, yet India has one of the lowest literacy rates less that 40 percent. Which means millions of girl children aren’t sent to school in our country. What a shame isn’t it? Everyone has the right to education and yet no everyone is able to take this service.
    Education is going to decide the future of our country.Many mindstets still process as olden times that a girl should limit herself only till housework and nothing more. This mindshet should be change through campaigns and government policies. Free education is available now in many government schools and every girl has the equal rights to take access of this. Attaining education will bring in a sense of maturity in a women which will help her taking best decisions for herself and bring about a self-esteem in her.
    So I would sum up by saying that education should be modernised and free text books should also be provided by the government to places where girls are not that well-off. Raising campaigns regarding girl child education should be in the motive of removing loopholes out of people’s mind. This will bring about change as they say “Beti padhao! Beti Bachao!” Should be followed at every path. Women should be allowed to dream and everyone has the right to do so.

    shilpagladwins
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    Access to education is access to opportunity. It may seem like a simple thing with no barriers, yet, for many, it is an unreachable goal.

    Females continue to face obstacles based on their gender, age, financial status, and other factors. The right to education is universal and without discrimination, but not everyone has equal access to education.

    In the backward sectors of society, parents would prefer their sons to get educated and make their daughters learn how to cook and clean. The age-old norms that females belong at home while men become the breadwinners of the family are a reason for girls being denied education.

    Aside from poverty, another reason for the lack of access to education is the gender stereotypes that girls do not have the brains for higher education. There is a lack of a welcoming and educational environment for all, not to mention unsafe infrastructure and inadequate sanitation care. Girls may choose not to attend school because of gender-based assaults and a lack of safety in the classroom. In other cases, their education is halted due to child marriage, pregnancy, or other circumstances.

    Gender-equitable education systems can help to reduce gender-based violence and practises like child marriage in schools. Rather than believing that educating girls is a waste of money and time, investing in girls’ education can help to build a better community. Education can help to strengthen economies, make better decisions for themselves and society, and so on.

    Everyone has the right to an education. An educated person, regardless of their level of qualification, will be able to contribute to the betterment of society and themselves.

    Gayatri Somvanshi
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    One of the most important rights which has always been snatched for women is their right for proper education.
    According to UNICEF around 132 million girls drop out of school worldwide.Out of which 34 3 million are of primary age, 30 million of lower secondary and 67.4 million of secondary age .
    Though there are many reasons for people to not send their daughters to school but core reason is found to be poverty and gender descrimination.
    In poor countries people are literally struggling to even find a one time meal let alone afford the costs of schools.
    There is no doubt gender descrimination plays a huge part in this too . Majority of families only desire to invest in Boy’s education as according to them he can work and earn money as for a girl she is meant to be married to another family.
    Corruption plays a huge part too as resources provided by the government are not able to reach citizens.
    Next most important concerns are hygiene , menstruation , sexual harassment and gender based violence.
    In many schools they don’t even have washrooms for girls. Girls need to go out in the open to urinate which is shameful and also fear of getting harassed.
    Menstruation is an important aspect of the female body and schools don’t provide washrooms let alone pads which is essential for us.
    Now the most important concern regarding safety of girls id sexual harrasment .Sexual harassment from male staffs is been happening in every school be it private or public ,rich or poor. There have also been cases of human trafficking in schools which generates fear in minds of families.So often poor families and minor communities often maary off their daughters in tender age than to send them to school.
    When its term safety and school gender based violence had played a huge part in stopping girls from attending schools. In countries like South Sudan and Afghanistan 70-80% girls drop out from schools due to constant violence and chaos . According to a survey, girl’s schools are more often attacked than the boy’s schools.
    Considering these reasons many girls are deprived of their right to educate themselves.

    shaifalikapoor03
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    Among the basic rights to food, water and air, women are also granted a basic right to get educated. Getting educated is a basic essential that everyone, every gender, ever living human being has the right upon, then why women in the country always have to fight for the basics? It’s like, struggling through everything has become a part of her life, education is a right that everyone deserves, but the low mindset assumes that, educating a girl is a shame, their mindset prefers women to stay home and deal with the house duties they have, society today has actually assumed the position of people in their eyes, men go out and work and women have to stay home and do housework, isn’t it their choice to choose what they have to do? Getting educated is a basic norm that has no aftermath to spoiling the girls it makes them independent and learned. Women who’re educated are more likely to do better in life but the society has not still changed their mindset about women, they think adjusting through everything, bearing every pain they get is their duty they think, but no, in today’s era women have better ways to deal with their problems just because of their education. Educating women makes them brave enough too. I’ve heard about a lot of women who’re doing so great in their lives just because they got educated inspite of what society said to them. Education is a basic way to bring the change not a liability that a women can’t handle.

    DISHA SAPKALE
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    In recent few years the girls & boys attending school more than ever before , Education is very main thing of every generations , back to 15-20 years there are not many people who knows their rights , their laws , knowledge , Facts about space & many more… But now in recent times the people are rising their voice for rights , bad politics , crimes …
    Today young people when they where kid they didn’t have smartphone or not many have computer so they only study what they read to them didn’t get a chance to learn expect from book , but today generation kid’s have better knowledge as comparing to same age because now education system is changing every thing is now on net , we can search we can see , Today’s kid learn from visuals , from animation stories which makes learn interesting & focusing .
    Life cycle approach 0 to 5 years early childhood care , development & education , 6 to 11 basic education : literacy , numeracy & basic life skills. 12 to 18 positive adolescent development .
    The creating better education system is increasingly important so that a child’s starting point in life doesn’t determine their future.

    Shubhangini Shaktawat
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    Access to Education
    Education is not only a need, but also one of the most important factors playing a role in the advancement and development of the world. In a world that’s busy in all kinds of work and is full of competition, it becomes difficult for an uneducated person to survive and earn a living. There is a demand of high educational qualification and skills in all fields of employment, hence education plays a very vital role, not only for gaining knowledge, but also confidence and self-determination to step out and make one’s own name in the society. Education can be called the stepping stone to success.
    In India, education is yet not a popular affair. More than half the population belonging to the strata below the poverty line cannot be educated and cannot even provide education to their younger ones. India although had released a policy of granting and providing free education to all children up to the age of ’14.’ This policy does not seem like it is being brought to effect at all, because we have seen multiple children being involved in child labor and suffering, but they definitely do not have access to education.
    In multiple government schools in rural areas, it is found that the teachers and staff are usually under-qualified hence not being able to provide proper and apt education to children. This spoils the future of children belonging to slums even further. On the other hand, private schools in urbanized areas and developing areas are so expensive, that parents of a number of children cannot afford educating their children in those schools even if they wish to. In certain areas, girls suffer the most due to being denied the right to education due to limitations imposed upon them by the society.
    A number of brands and companies, NGO’s and governmental organizations have taken the initiative to promote education, make people aware of the need of it, and have also provided education to a number of them. Programs like ‘beti bachao- beti padhao’ have been able to gain donations and contributions from all over India to provide education of all kinds to girls belonging to rural areas and underprivileged family backgrounds. States like Kerala have also had 100% literacy rate. Policies that Kerala followed need to be imposed and brought into effect across India so as to provide access to education to all girls, as it is their Fundamental Right.
    A woman myself,
    Shubhangini Shaktawat

    Apoorva Pathak
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    Today education for all is the universal topic and if we see that according to census the literacy rate in India there is a sharp rise in the enrolment of women in education from 18.3% in 1951 to 94.8% in 2001.
    Despite this sharp spike in women’s education unfortunately we also find that there are only 39% of women who are literate among 64%man.
    Since the time is changing many women are getting aware of their rights. There are many advantages of women’s education. It enhanced the economic growth of the country as literate girls understand their duties well. If she becomes independent she can manage financially many things and perform tasks in a better way. If she is Also good at communication which will enhance the job potential. It will also decrease the chance of abuse, delayed marriages which will ultimately lead to a decrease in maternal mortality rate as well as child mortality. It will also help the family to be healthy. Women’s education also leads to social illusion and enhancement of the economy. It will lead to the reduction of terrorism and militancy. Encouraging rights and equality for all. But if we see that women who are illiterate and do not have any support of their family hit worse. they are ill-treated and feel always haunted by violence.
    It also leads to a high fertility rate as they are married early and don’t have knowledge of contraceptives. This situation often leads to early pregnancy and more mortality rate as they suffer from undernutrition, malnutrition, and various diseases. Women’s illiteracy leads to female infanticide and foeticide which leads to widening the gap of sex ratio. They are often betrayed by their husband as they are not well aware of the realities. Hope one day the sun will shine high and every ray will reach every corner of this planet and we all feel blessed with joy and equality for women.

    Manpreet Singh
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    In the last century, a paradigm shift has occurred with regard to education access. These days more girls than ever are going to school. But can we truly call it a win-win situation? Despite this progress, women and girls are still facing multiple barriers that are directly related to gender bias and combination with other factors, such as age, ethnicity, poverty, and disability. This is preventing them an equal enjoyment of the right to quality education, which is not a fundamental right after the 86th amendment. Among barriers includes access to quality education and within education systems, institutions, and classrooms, such as, amongst others.
    Even the international community such as the United Nations has recognized the equal right to quality education for everyone and is committed to achieving gender equality in all fields, particularly education. It includes acceptance of international human rights law. Now all this mandates that states have legal/moral obligations to removing all discriminatory barriers, whether they exist in law or in society. Our government needs to undertake such positive measures in order to bring about equality within and through education.
    Still, the major barrier is gender stereotypes and it continues to underpin or increase many of the obstacles faced by women and girls in getting their right to education. Ideally, education systems should be a tool to nail down gender stereotypes. But sadly, in many cases, the education system itself, and particularly the curriculum, textbooks, and teachers play a detrimental role in perpetuating harmful gender stereotypes. It causes a wide range of effects on girls throughout their lives. Problems such as choosing course options and subjects they take. They mostly influence their employment prospects and their ability to make informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health. Time has come to shed these gender stereotypes and the deep-rooted patriarchal mindset.

    nehachitroda
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    Every girl and boy in India have the fundamental right to education, one that helps them acquire basic literacy and enjoy learning irrespective of where they come from, however, the quality of education still remains the biggest challenge. Education enables people to live and rebuild their lives with dignity and agency and provides them with knowledge and skills to make important decisions about their life, livelihood, and well-being. Schools are also important centres of community life and important conduits for critical support and information relating to health, nutrition and safety.
    Many people in rural areas are unable to get an education even they can’t have the basic education because they don’t have resources or they still think children can also work like parents but if this continues then children wouldn’t be able to stand on par with others. Economic, social status are also one of the reasons for lack of education, the ones who are poor and face poverty blame that for less or no education as they can’t afford that fee. But many rural and low-lying areas have schools set up by municipal corporations and government, so that poor and others who can’t afford them can study there freely or with less fee.
    There are many barriers to right education like language barrier, gender disparity, child labour which is mostly seen, no classroom, exclusion of children with disabilities, expenses of education, etc. But there are things which are given to children so that they don’t miss out on education like mid-day meal programmes by the school, scholarships, all the things which are required for a student to learn like books and school accessories are also provided but still, its not that emerged and many are not taking these right as beneficial for themselves.
    Now that pandemic is around, many have left studying because parents lost their jobs and due to digital learning many don’t have access to the internet and mobiles phones or devices to take a class.
    All children have the right to go to school and learn, regardless of who they are, where they live or how much money their family has. There is an urgent need to provide access with a focus on equity, with special measures to bring in girls, children from disadvantaged groups and those with disabilities into schools.
    “ The best way to fight poverty is to empower people through access to quality education”- John Legend.

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