Kokan Ngo


Girls’ education: Towards a better future for all

Rural India places a much higher value on boys' education than on girls' education, making it miserable for them to obtain an education since girls' education is viewed as destroying family dignity. These factors alone lead to girls dropping out, and lack of transportation makes it even worse. Rural communities face challenges in offering safe, affordable, and reliable methods of transportation due to lack of availability of public transport. Many girls walk more than 8km to reach their schools from hilly areas, making it unsafe for them to reach the school. Violence against girls in schools leads to the devaluation of their status as women. Discrimination against girls in schools is an issue that is prevalent around the world, and it has far-reaching effects on girls' education. Parents hesitate from sending their daughters to school, especially where the journey to school is long, and there is risk of assaults and abductions. Drop-out levels and learning difficulties are significantly higher among victims of violence, thus a serious obstacle to gender equality and empowerment of future generations of women. Violence and abuse can have serious effects on girls’ psychological and physical health and devastating consequences for the success and prosperity of girls, their families and entire communities. The high female dropout rate in basic education lead to number of factors such as early marriage, sexual activity, teenage pregnancy and child trafficking, opening the door to maternal and infant mortality and barrier to women empowerment. Education empowers a girl to voice her opinions, contribute to economic stability for her family and community by providing her with the opportunity to dream big and to eventually realise the dreams. Our 'Let's Recycle’ programme ensures that transportation should not be a barrier to girls' education by providing bicycles to needy rural girls to ensure their safety and helping them maximise their study time as they used to get exhausted walking long distances to school. Traveling by bicycle has helped girls travel efficiently to schools, along with reducing the risk of sexual abuse. During heavy rainfall, walking down miles in hilly areas is very dangerous for girls, as it exposes them to a range of violent risks, but travelling through cycles has helped them overcome this danger. There are many more needy girls deprived of education due to lack of transportation facilities. By reaching more remote areas, we aim to help them lead the path of education, empowering girls to reach their full potential and change their own lives, their communities, and the world around them. “When you educate a girl, you educate her entire community”

Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.”

Author Name :   ― Maya Angelou

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