What if you weren’t able to go to school? What if you never learned how to read? What about write? You would have to go around the world with such limited knowledge that your opportunities for a better future would be lacking. Although many of us curse at those all-nighters and that “C” on the test we studied so hard for, school gives us the opportunity to take what we learn on the classroom and apply it to the real world. I’m not just talking about the lessons, I’m also talking about the skills gained while pursuing an education. School teaches us that if we work hard enough, we get results. It also gives us the chance to express ourselves, figure out what we want, what we like, and what we don’t. It gives us the tools to survive in the real world.
But what if we didn’t have this opportunity?
This is the reality of 65 million girls in the world, 65 million who do not attend school. 61% of the 123 million young who are illiterate happen to be women. Women around the world, especially in third world countries, are still taught that staying at home is their duty. They see their brothers walking out the door on their way to school while they are left behind, left behind clutching the broom to clean the floor, left behind to cook the chicken and the soup.
While the world has come far from the days when women’s education was illegal, the root of the problem still exists. Here is a link to an article talking more about the issue → http://empowermentinternational.org/2008/08/01/how-a-lack-of-education-adversely-affects-girls/