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Why Every Pakistani Girl Needs At Least 12 Years Of Education
21. July 2018 at 22:49
As we cannot clap with a single hand. In the same way, a society cannot make progress without educating girls. Our religion also focuses on girls education. Our Holy Prophet (PBUH) said, “Every Muslim men and women are obliged to seek knowledge — Ibn-e-Majah”.
Many do not realize that educating a woman means educating the entire household. If a woman is educated, she is a bigger support in the family. Moving further than just dependency roles where females are only required to look after the family members and cook and clean for them, there is much more to a female. If provided with the right upbringing and education these very same females can help the community to prosper in more ways than one. They can be more productive as educated females rather than illiterate farmers working on rented lands. A mother’s lap is the first nursery a child is exposed to, and if such a mother is educated and wise she can bring up the child to be a responsible citizen of the country. If a girl is slave mentally, she will also give birth to a slave child.

In this time and age, Pakistan still has 22.6 million out-of-school children and 53% of them are girls. Of the out-of-school population, girls form 52% in Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 44% in Punjab and a staggering 75% in Balochistan. From among the fortunate girls who do end-up in school, many are unlikely to sustain beyond primary level.Nationwide, the net enrollment rate for girls is 53% at the primary level, 21% at middle and only 14% at high school level.
The situation is all the more worrisome in smaller provinces. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, for instance the net enrollment rate for girls at primary stands at 51%; this drops to just 17% in middle school and becomes as little as 8% at high school level.

Mohterma Fatima Jinnah was one of the founders of Pakistan. Once she said: "No nation can rise to the height of glory unless your womens are side by side". Educated women are more productive at home and better paid in the workplace, and more able to participate in social, economic and political decision-making. There are many studies worldwide that show the immensely positive impact of 12 years of education on not just the girl-child herself but also her future children and her country’s economy. As per the World Bank, if 1% more women had a secondary education, economic growth would increase by 0.3%. We come to know that why girls need at least twelve years of education.

Now comes the role of an educated woman as a working lady; a young lady who works before her marriage becomes the right hand of her father while after marriage she not only remains independent but supports her husband to raise enough domestic budget for the sack of children. The United Nations states that in countries with the highest prevalence of child marriage, girls with no education are six times more likely to marry as children than girls with a secondary education. Whether it’s on social media or through personal interaction with media personnel and politicians, this election year if we all demand at least 12 years of education for our little girls, we can save an entire generation from illiteracy and poverty!

Cite This Article As: Athar Maqsood. "Why Every Pakistani Girl Needs At Least 12 Years Of Education." International Youth Journal, 21. July 2018.

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