“If you educate a man, you educate an individual. But if you educate a woman, you educate a nation.” This well-known African Proverb has long been motivating people around the world to strive for education for all.
It is true that when you educate a boy, it gives benefit to one family but when you educate a girl, its benefit goes to more families. Another important fact is that the children of an educated woman do not remain uneducated.
The most critical area for the empowerment of a woman is her education. This is also an area where discrimination amongst women suffer in some parts of the world. Amongst children not attending school, there is twice as many girls as boys and amongst the illiterate, there is also twice as many girls as boys.
Educating the female gender is a much more way of giving them power which would enable them to make genuine choices in their family, career and life as a whole. The fact that women should have a shot of a happier and healthier life should be the major reason to promote the female education.
There are however important benefits that a woman’s education can contribute to the society. A women when educated has skills, information and the needed self confidence that is required of her to be a better worker, citizen, parent and wife.
When women are educated, they become more productive and contribute positively to the society at large. The mother in the family is the most important individual for the child’s upbringing and education.
We all know that the mother is a teacher and she is the nanny who creates generations to serve their country. Hence, the mother has reconciled the welfare of the society and created a strong generation of ethics and principles.
Education is the backbone of society. Well-informed citizens that are intellectual and together work for the benefit of their country as well as their individual identities are considered constructive. In a situation like this, it is necessary for citizens to be well educated.
Education is not a privilege but a necessity. It is equally as important as the air we breathe, the food we eat, and our right to livelihood. In fact, education can be considered as food for the mind too.
This is the primary reason why education should not be accessible to only a certain section of society. If our ultimate goal is equality, we must start at the roots and nourish young minds with the sunshine of education.
Women have an equal right to education as men. Many times, women’s education is treated as secondary and given very little to no importance at all. However, it is high time we change this reality. Women are rising up in society and claiming their rights. One way to ensure that they get them is to educate women. Women Empowerment is secondary, but women Education should always be prioritized.
Educating a girl is a priceless gift, one that can continue to bless her throughout her life. If you don’t believe me, here are a few of the best quotes on women education by some of the brightest minds.
“When women are educated, their countries become stronger and more prosperous.” – Michelle Obama
“There is no greater pillar of stability than a strong, free, and educated woman.” – Angelina Jolie
“If we are going to see real development in the world then our best investment is WOMEN!” – Desmond Tutu
“To educate girls is to reduce poverty.” – Kofi Annan
“To sustain generational investment and wealth building, educate a woman and pass the secret to her.” – Sandra C. Duru
Source: Dr. Sandra C. Duru’s Rural Women Empowerment Concept Paper 2019 & The Women’s Podium, November 28th, 2020 Women Empowerment