India is one of the most divided societies in terms of gender-disparities. The sex-ratio in some of the states is extremely skewed and the same translates into the STEM fields. When such is the situation, it is not difficult to address the question of why India is unable to reach the goals it had set for itself after dozens of five-year plans it had made so far since independence. Certainly, a society which is unable to get rid of the outdated stereotypes and prejudices cannot develop into a full-fledged way until the issues are addressed in a planned, open and transparent manner.
Let me detail it out for you. It is quite simple and practical that if half of the human race i.e. the females are deprived of their rights to exercise their potential the society would develop but unfortunately in a half, unfulfilled manner. No doubt we are living in the times when we are witnessing a transcendental change in terms of shattering the age-old practices because we are realizing with time that it does not serve the larger good in any way possible. But, still there are certain areas which need to be highlighted to clean whatever remnants are left.
When I associate it with the domain of education, we see that despite the changing circumstances there are a larger share of girls when compared with the boys to whom getting a basic education is still a dream. If we dig deeper to account for the reasons then we find there are many factors that fuels such adverse outcomes. One of them is the accessibility of a school within a few meters of a child’s home, especially female children. Parents are wary for the safety of the girl child and hence choose not to educate her. They are unwilling to send their daughters out of town due to safety reasons. Well, these are genuine concerns if we look how unsafe it is for girls to step out due to rising cases of atrocities that are committed against them due to the patriarchal, sexist mindsets. At this point, technology comes to the rescue. Now that it is not required for the child, especially a girl child, to step out to get even a basic education, it becomes possible to include her under the umbrella of education. If you can’t go to school, don’t worry, the school will come back to you.
There are various educational platforms which are streaming live classes in the comfort of your own home. What could be better than that? It is a well established fact that education is very necessary for the development of an individual. It is not something that’s only important so that you can get a job out of it but it nourishes the very essence of the existence of a human. If we want to make our country progress, then for that to happen it is very crucial that every citizen make an informed and calculated decision in its life.
We always say that children are the future of the nation but for that it is very necessary to teach them to be on the right path to take the country forward. A mother is the first teacher of a child. A child learns a lot from his childhood. A healthy childhood develops us into healthy adults physically as well as socially. And, that is why it is extremely important for a mother to be educated so that she can provide the best possible teaching to her child. Perhaps, because of that reason we nowadays are focussing so much on female education.
And, I truly believe a technology-oriented learning ecosystem could help us in achieving that goal apart from many other goals that it serves. We can easily witness the change around us. Today, females are not only getting educated but also choosing to be the torch-bearer of imparting education themselves. It is certainly a very beautiful transformation. As financial independence is a prerequisite to get any social or political right, many apps for online teaching are available in the market which are providing opportunities to female candidates to start their career. Such opportunities are hence helping them to get their share in the society and indeed making it more equitable, just and developed.
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