WEBDESK: Education empowers women. But why do girls not get the same kind of education as men in Pakistan?
Globally, girls are more likely to never enter primary school than boys. A survey conducted by Alif Ailaan, an education campaign in Pakistan lists the top 8 reasons which render girls out-of-school.
The survey asked out-of-school girls, reasons they stayed away from school. In about 34 percent cases parents did not allow their girls to attend school.
In 20 percent cases, the child was not willing to attend school.
At least 15 percent parents said that education was too expensive, bringing a question mark to article 25-A of the constitution– which guarantees free education to every child aged five to 16.
At least 13 percent parents said that school for girls was too far from their houses.
About 3 percent parents said that their child was unwell or handicapped and school did not offer any facilities for their children.
There were 3 percent parents who said that their girls helped them with housework, and hence did not go to school.
An educated woman raises children who grow up to become productive citizens. Such women can improve their economic status by getting better paid at work– and hence empowering themselves.
Let’s raise our voice– and bring our girls to school. Education is their right.