|SEVAI Shanthi School students happily relish the seminar|
While inaugurating a seminar on the importance of Girls Education on the 15th November in SEVAI Shanthi Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Petavaithalai, the Headmistress Smt.Chitra Balasubramanian said, “Education for a girl child means making the next generation well educated”. The Headmistress further added, “Girls education is like sowing the seed which gives rise to green, cheerful and full grown family plant. When mothers are educated what will they be able to teach their childfree Let us not forget that, the purpose of education is not only for earning a livelihood but education makes an individual into a good human being, which is passed on to the next the kith and kin. It is true that, the education of girls has lately taken a hum leap but this is only in a very small segment of our society. Today’s girl child will be the mother of tomorrow. As a mother she can give her child a sound nursing and capable upbringing. A woman has the maximum impact on the social, economical decisions making in the family generally. At micro level, educated woman help in making the whole family including the older family members, understand the values and importance of education, and at macro level, educated women add to the social and economical development of the nation. Gender inequality in education is great. Education helps girls claim their rights and realise their potential in the economic, political and social arenas. It is also the single most powerful way to lift people out of poverty. Education plays a particularly important role as a foundation for girls’ development towards adult life. It should be an intrinsic part of any strategy to address the gender-based discrimination against girls that remains prevalent in many societies. Everybody has the right to education. The right to education, without discrimination and of good quality, has been reaffirmed in all major international human rights conventions. These rights have been further elaborated to address issues like quality and equity, moving forward the issue of what the right to education means, and exploring how it can be achieved. As a minimum: states must ensure that basic education is available, accessible, acceptable and adaptable for all. The right of girls to education is one of the most critical of all rights – because education plays an important role in enabling girls to secure other rights. Cultural and traditional values stand between girls and their prospects for education. The achievement of girls’ right to education can address some of societies’ deeply rooted inequalities, which condemn millions of girls to a life without quality education – and, therefore, also all too often to a life of missed opportunities. Improving educational opportunities for girls helps them to develop skills that allow them to make decisions and influence community change in key areas. Education provides girls with an understanding of basic health, nutrition giving those choices and the power to decide over their own lives and bodies. Girls’ education leads directly to better reproductive health, improved family health, economic growth, for the family and for society, as well as lower rates of child mortality and malnutrition. Educating girls is an important step in overcoming poverty. Inequality and poverty are not inevitable. “The focus on poverty reduction enables the right to education to be a powerful tool in making a change in the lives of girls and women. Poverty has been universally affirmed as a key obstacle to the enjoyment of human rights, and it has a visible gender profile. The main reason for this is the fact that poverty results from violations of human rights, including the right to education, which disproportionately affect girls. Education for the girls is more important as she not only builds the home but all routine responsibilities are taken care of by her. An educated woman not only helps in nourishing the family in a better way but can also help in earning. Education for a girl child means making the next generation well educated, full of virtues, free from the useless superstitions, confident and capable to do something good for the family, for the society and for the country as a whole”-Govin.