Recent trends in Women education in India
Jawaharlal Nehru once said- “Educate a man and you educate one person. Educate a woman ,you educate the whole family.” Hence, women education is essential in developing a nation.
Women education has improved a lot in the past years and have come across a long way since time immemorial. Women nowadays are highly educated and committed to their profession and have made a significant change in the society. In this male dominated society, women are now proving their worth and breaking all the barriers of the past.
Now, let’s see what changes have been made in the education sector in recent times.
Female Education in India is not exactly a gift of modernisation. In Ancient India probably during the Vedic period, women had access to education but they gradually lost this right. Infact, in our manuscripts and scriptures it is mentioned that both men and women enjoyed equal rights and equivalent positions.
But eventually around 500 B.C, there saw a decline in education and other rights of women.
However, in the recent years we have successfully vanished this taboo. Now men and women have equal rights in almost everything.
During the colonial period, women education in India witnessed a huge expansion. Furthermore, this progress journeyed through the years and influenced the modern Indian education system.
The slogan for Sarva sikshya abhiyaan- “Today’s call education for all” guarantees compulsory education for every child upto the age of 14.
Women Education in India plays a vital role in the development of the country. And hence it proves that women promote education in their family.
The government of India has also launched the Saakshar Bharat Mission for Female Literacy, which aims to reduce illiteracy.
Enrolments in schools have also improved substantially over the past years. But it’s observed that complete literacy has not been achieved and this has far reaching socio-economic impacts.
Educated girls nowadays are far more likely to be aware of issues surrounding violence and abuse and are less likely to become victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse.
Studies have further shown that women who received quality education are less likely to support violence militarism than educated men which thereby leads to a safer and more compassionate society for all.
Education is a priority, not a privilege. And through education we can visualise a new India and change perspectives of many people regardless of background, financial status and gender. And it’s a very good thing that women are now at par with men in almost all the activities and not only education.
“The future must not belong to those who disrespect women. And those who stand for a world where our daughters can live their dreams just like our sons.”