Education is important for everyone, but it is a critical area of empowerment for girls and women. This is not only because education is an entry point to opportunity but also because a woman’s educational achievements have positive ripple effects within the family and across generations.
Education is much more than reading and writing. It is an essential investment that countries make for their futures, a crucial factor in reducing poverty and achieving sustainable development.
Investing in women’s and girls’ education is one of the most effective ways to reduce poverty and placing education at the core of women’s ability to contribute to all activities, working to enhance knowledge, competency, and skills, including in the development process and in their contributions to civil society.
Girls’ education is a lifeline to development, offering girls basic education is one sure way of giving them much greater power of enabling them to make genuine choices over the kinds of lives they wish to lead. This is not a luxury but it as a basic human right.
An educated woman has the skills, information and self-confidence that she needs to be a better parent, worker and citizen. However, there are also important benefits for society as a whole.
An educated woman will also be more productive at work — and better paid.
Women must be educated for a healthy and happy life. An educated woman can be a better human being, a successful mother, and a responsible citizen. Educating women will definitely increase the living standard both at and outside the home. An educated woman will force her kids to study further and wish them to live a better life than hers.
Educating women results in promoting self-respect and also helps in raising the status of women. An educated woman will be aware of her rights. She can fight against social evils such as domestic violence, dowry demand, low wages, etc.
Female education is the need of the hour. Without educating the women of the country we can’t hope for a developed nation.
Women play a vital role in the all-round progress of a country. They are the real builders of happy homes.
It is said that if we educate a man, we educate a man only, but if we educate a woman, we educate the whole family.
This highlights the importance of female education. It is a fact that women are the first teachers of their children. It is in their lap that the children receive the very first lessons. Hence, if mothers are well-educated, they can play an important role in shaping and molding their sons’ and daughters’ characters inculcating moral and ethical principles and values.
Napoleon was once asked, what the great need of France was. He simply answers, “Nation’s progress is impossible without trained and educated mothers. If the women of my country are not educated, about half of the people will be ignorant.”
The importance of female education in Islam
Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him (PBUH), came at a time when the Arab society, like so many patriarchal societies at that time, was rife with disgusting and loathing practices against girls. He preached Islam, liberating women and girls in every walk of life, education is a prime aspect.
Quoting Hadiths which are authentic sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH):
“Seeking knowledge is mandatory for every Muslim.”These verses of the Quran address humankind to seek knowledge and delve into critical thinking; the emphasis laid is on the acquisition of knowledge. The Holy verses inform the readers that engaging in critical thinking is a moral obligation on both men and women. The Quran repetitively reminds people to ponder, think, analyze, thus using their mind power to contemplate and understand, whilst making no distinction between men and women.
The WWWT has directed its efforts towards the betterment and welfare of women who are compelled to assume the role of breadwinners (either solely or in part) for their families.
It was identified by the Task Force on problems confronting working women that there is a lack of professional development institutions for working women to enhance their caliber. There is also a lack of career counseling facilities to guide young girls in choosing an appropriate profession.
Therefore WWWT decided to also run a career and job counseling program for women/girls to give them directions to make important decisions for their roles in the future.
The vision governing this program is “to formulate guiding principles for the female pursuing careers that enable them to develop a career vision aimed at utilizing their education and skills while contributing positively to the success of their families as well as the society on the whole”. Under the head, we hold workshops and sessions on career guidance, pre-job counseling, and professional development.