Posted by: raylenharo | 02/07/2011

Women’s education scaffolds development

A decade of the twenty-first century is gone but we still have many illiterate people: 1 billion of them. Another alarming fact is that, among that number, two thirds are women. Countries should give special attention on this subject, because women’s literacy is a turning point for development.
Countries that have low development rates and poor basic services usually have few literate women, as in African nations. According to Un’s database, in 2008, the literacy rate of 15-24 year old women in Chad wad 37,2%, the worst in the world, followed by Ethiopia (38,5%), Benin (42,1%) and Sierra Leone (45,9%). These countries HDI levels are considered very low, with all under 0,500.
Solving the problem of women literacy has direct impact in several areas; based also in a UN’s survey, a 1% rise in women’s literacy is 3 times more likely to reduce deaths in children than a 1% rise in the number of doctors. Furthermore, 4 to 6 years of education for women led to a 20% drop in infant deaths.
As a teacher to be, I intend to encourage my students to think critically, to be aware of their role in society, and fight for their rights, especially equality among the sexes.
The numbers show that governments are making a big mistake when investing in some areas in spite of women’s education. Not only countries will gain if a proper care is given to this issue, but so will the world.

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