Girls’ to Schools: Education for Girl Child – A priority

Education is every child’s right but it is all the more important for the girl child to be educated. It has been observed that an educated girl child is 100 times better equipped to face the world than an uneducated girl child. Education enables them with the knowledge and skills they need to realize their full potential and to protect themselves from any harm. The improvement in quality of life that education brings, translates into huge benefits for the society. However, girls are far too often left behind. If this continues, such progress will never be made.

Sakina Foundation’s campaign ‘Girls’ to Schools’ promotes the right of equal access to education for girls and boys in Asia. This part of the world faces many challenges – including poverty, gender discrimination, crime against women, and above all female foeticide – to realize the goal of gender parity in education and the goal of education for all. An estimated 46 million children in Asia are out of school, and a majority of them are girls.

Why Girls’ Education? The inter-linkages between gender inequalities, economic growth and poverty are the main reasons why girls’ education is a smart investment for developing countries to reap these benefits fully; they need to unleash the potential of the human mind.

Systematic exclusion of women from access to schooling and the labor force translates into a less educated workforce, inefficient allocation of labor, lost productivity, and consequently diminished progress of economic development. Evidence across countries suggests that countries with better gender equality are more likely to have higher economic growth.

The benefits of women’s education go beyond higher productivity for 50 percent of the population. More educated women also tend to be healthier, participate more in the formal labor market, earn more income, have fewer children, and provide better health care and education to their children, all of which eventually improve the well-being of all individuals and lift households out of poverty. These benefits also transmit across generations, as well as to their communities at large.

Sakina Foundation raises awareness, generates public support and mobilizes resources for girls’ education. It seeks to engage governments, businesses, and community leaders in contributing from their social responsibility towards this great cause.

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