A Source of Economic Relief -By Khadija Lukman and Ahmad Salis

Education is the path to the ultimate development of a nation, it is believed that education is the best weapon someone can use to bring about positive change in a society. Unfortunately, our social setup here in Africa primarily favors the male gender. It is obvious that men enjoy more educational opportunities than women, and this has greatly retarded our economic development.

First, we must recognize women’s education as the process of giving women and their children the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills that will make them more useful and viable people in society. The education of women, as deepened by an Indian feminist, Bihch Wada Phule, on her 19th anniversary in 1948, is a great challenge that affects the economic growth and development of a country and must be given due consideration. .

Religious beliefs, traditions, early marriage, inequality and our unrepentant mentality are the fashion factors that are taken lightly and which, in turn, make men more educated than women.
Clinging to the above factors, a larger percentage of society remains economically backward as indicated by persistent poverty, widespread ignorance, and a very poor state of health consciousness in us. However, we can remedy the situation by taking appropriate measures.

First of all, there must be equal access to quality education for both men and women, our people must change their mentality and ideology that women should not be given the same opportunity for education. For such an opportunity will give rise to a great sigh of relief in the burden most men complain about, and families will become prosperous as educated women can be employed or empowered to shoulder tangible financial burdens as well.
Second, educated women may have better (hybrid) ideas in different spheres, which counteracts total reliance on men’s ideas, which may be archaic and self-centered. In effect, ‘two heads are better than one’.

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Third, allowing women’s education to flourish will bring “a second chance at education” to those women who have missed out on their first opportunities for economic or social reasons. This idea has proven to be very effective, for example, some NGOs such as the Yasmin Elrufai Foundation in Kaduna state, run the ‘Women’s Literacy and Numeracy Programme’ where they enroll young women to train them in basic literacy, numeracy and civics, only to re-awaken what they learned earlier and guide them further on how to continue with your education after the program.

On top of that, educating women brings about peace in the face of ignorance, which is widely recognized as a major source of family conflict and domestic violence exemplified in many homes. On the other hand, families that have both educated spouses have been shown to be relatively peaceful and more orderly with a high sense of effective communication and fruitful understanding.

Finally, a saying suggests that, ‘if you educate a man, you educate one person, but if you educate a woman, you educate a nation’. This view holds that education, which is a source of social and economic relief, reaches the younger generation more through women than through men; as well as bridge the educational barrier ditch at all costs and allow equal participation in key economic sectors.

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