The world celebrates the International Day of Girl child on 11 Oct, each year. This day demands to pay our attention towards the girls’ empowerment, providing them with socio-economic benefits and security to live in peace.
Pakistan is a country of mixed communities with diverse cultural backgrounds and practices. On this international and most vital day, Pakistan needs to put its efforts towards enriching the girls’ education especially in marginalized communities.
According to a report, there are about 22 million students out of school, from which the number of girls is about 12 billion who are illiterate. Most of the communities in Pakistan do not allow to send their daughters to school for basic education. The girl is considered to mostly stay in houses and not to study. The scenarios is much better in urban areas but still there is a much effort to be put in rural communities.
In this age of innovation and automation, girls need to share an equal part in the economic uplift of any country. And to achieve this goal, there is need to put stress on the girls’ education. Pakistan needs to build more schools on girls’ education, also providing support to the NFBE.
Besides opening schools, the mothers also need to be educated. Because only an educated mother can understand the essence of getting education. And educated mothers build the educated nations. So when a girl gets education up to the age when she becomes a mother, she will try to foster the same education in her children and will stay focused to get the education for her daughter as well.
Economic empowerment can also be achieved through girls’ education. Educated women are more likely to be active and productive.
The government should not only try taking steps to formal and non-formal education, but providing education about the fundamental rights about girls is also the need of the hour.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres said, “On this International Day of the Girl, let us recommit to supporting every girl to develop her skills, enter the workforce on equal terms and reach her full potential.”