When it comes to girl child education, a large part of India still continues to maintain an orthodox attitude. Ever since the time of independence the social activism in the field of girl child education has been very limited.
It is naturally assumed by most families that a boy is the potential bread winner of the family whereas the girl is considered to be a future wife and mother. Her aim in society is to provide for her family while her husband earns the daily bread. Girl child education is considered unnecessary and a waste of money. Especially for poverty stricken families, the education of a girl is considered as an added burden on the family. While there is some social activism in the field a lot still needs to be done.
Literacy should not be the only aim:
As the main focus of almost all lower middle class families in the rural areas of India is to strive towards financial stability, therefore, education is a requirement which is mostly bestowed on the men of the family. Education for the girl child as a result is considered a waste of time because her domain is to take care of the household. It is this mind frame which requires a complete change. There is a need for awareness as well as knowledge of the benefits of education for women. Literacy of women should not be the only aim. A girl should be educated with the purpose of being a potential bread winner.
Need to see women as contributive members of society:
In India's social framework girls are seen as inferior to boys. Their hopes and dreams are nonexistent. It is assumed that there role in society is to serve the family. It is this thought process that needs to be challenged at its very base. Parents need to be made aware of the fact that their little girls deserve all the opportunities in the world. That she is a human being who is not born for the sole purpose of procreation. There is a need for social activism to get more active. Educated members of society should volunteer to go from door to door of rural and urban households, which refuse to send their girls to school or college, and convince them for a need for girl child education.
Steps need to be taken to equalize the platform for girl child education:
India is a country with very few co-ed schools. This is a big problem. There is a strong need for co-ed schools as it makes the platform of education equal. Sex separation is not an answer. Girl's should have right to perform on an equal plain in competition with boys. This form of education promises more growth and a better understanding of the world. Socializing with the members of opposite sex is allows for mental growth and leads to social acceptance. When boys grow on the same plane as that of girls, they naturally recognize them as their equals and learn to respect them as fellow human beings.
If these steps are taken and education is made compulsory for all, whether men or women, then things will change and India will be on its way to become a better and more productive society.