Education for daughters in Pakistan

(Ayesha Uzair, Karachi)

In our society, I have seen 3 major types of approaches towards educating women:

One sector (which is the majority, by the way) considers women education unimportant.

The second sector (which is a great part but less than the above) believes that women should be educated just for the sake of it (as its a norm to send your children to school) and for as long as they don't reach the age of marriage (which varies from family to family)

The third sector (which is a clear minority) places great importance in educating women because they truly understand and appreciate the value and significance of a well educated woman.

Let me give you an overview of the kind of behavior each approach has. The first sector doesn't really care about sending their daughters to school. Even if they do, its only till secondary school or intermediate at the most.

The second sector sends their daughters to school/college/university for as long as they don't get the opportunity to send them away to "susral". They don't really care about giving quality education to their daughters. They are those people who send their sons to the best private universities they can afford and their daughters have to study in government colleges. Even if the daughters are lucky enough to go to some good university it's because they have better chances of having a "good proposal" in future. Most of the girls are married even before they have completed their bachelors or right after it. Few complete their Masters. This sector believes that if their daughters don't have to work in future, than there is no point spending their money on giving them quality education.

The third sector not only gives their daughters the best education they can afford but allows them to chose their own path and live up to their potential.

I want to focus on the second sector. The first sector is usually the illiterate or uneducated sector with closed minds so this is totally expected of them. There is no problem with the third sector. But the second sector portrays a very hypocritical behavior given their intellectual capacity, don't you think? Keeping every argument they can come up with to justify their behavior aside, I just want to ask them one question. If they really care about their daughters, like truly, and they want them to be happy and prosperous, have they ever considered the possibility that what will happen if they chose to spend lakhs on their daughter's wedding instead of spending that money on a quality higher education? Let me paint the picture of just one horrifying possibility. If, God forbid, something goes wrong in future, for example, the husband passes away or becomes unfit to support the family financially or if she is divorced, who will take care of her when they are not around? Who will take care of her kids if she has any? Do they realize that there are 99% chances that she'll have to do it herself. And if she has to do it herself, how will she manage if she doesn't have proper and quality education.

It is no secret that job market in Pakistan is extremely competitive and companies are increasingly preferring candidates with quality education. Not just that, every body knows how pathetic corporate culture towards women is in Pakistan. Only MNCs have a better work place environment for women. And every body knows the criteria of MNCs. So why is it that these people choose to take such a huge risk with their daughters (and her children's) lives? Why is it that we as a society fail to understand and appreciate the importance of making our women financially independent? Why are they so blind and deaf to the grave dangers lurking just around the corner because of just one decision. Now they might say that there is no guarantee that their daughter can have a secure future even if she has a masters from one of the top universities. I agree! There are no guarantees in this life. And that's the whole point of this discussion. Besides at least YOU tried your best. And thats what should matter really. Wouldn't you agree?

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In the rural areas they don't really care about giving quality education to their daughters neither they send them to schools to get proper education.
By: Iqbal, Lahore on Feb, 12 2018
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Still our rural areas are very back in women education and we must try our best to educates such areas women for their betterment.
By: Qasim, Karachi on Feb, 01 2018
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Or daughters should be taught both Islamic and worldly things. So that they know what’s best for them and not get pushed by anyone.
By: sara, lahore on Jan, 14 2018
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Its saddening how many parents in our society seem to pay full attention on their son's education while neglecting their daughter's. On the other hand they spend lacs on the daughter's wedding the same daughter's they didn’t have money to teach.
By: sara, Rawalpindi on Jan, 12 2018
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I belong to the third sector, my parents made it their lives mission to provide me with best education they can afford. Thanks to them I m enrolled in an elite Medical college.
By: Ayesha, Karachi on Jan, 10 2018
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Female have equal rights to get Education to make, to build a better society, it is necessary for the parents to give the equal education for the daughters, Educated daughter will become an Educated mother in the future.
By: danish, khi on Dec, 26 2017
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Few small towns in Pakistan it is a culture to get married for the daughter at an early age, due to this reason they cannot complete their Education. Education is necessary for the women because if they educated, they can be a better trainer of the children.
By: noman, khi on Dec, 20 2017
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It is necessary for both genders get good Education and it is also a responsibility of the parents to make their role for the children for the achievement of Education. The topic Education for the Daughters in Pakistan refers that the graph level of Women Education in Pakistan is not much better where we need more concentration.
By: sadia, khi on Dec, 10 2017
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Todays daughter will be the mother in the future, being a mother it is necessary to be educated to give the better Education & training. I think we give the courage to the parents for those who supports the education for daughters in Pakistan.
By: hamza, khi on Dec, 04 2017
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Education for daughters in Pakistan is certainly the best thing to ask for. I think government should introduce more reforms to ensure that females are getting educated on regular basis. No stopping in this process.
By: Waqar, Karachi on Sep, 27 2017
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Education for daughters in Pakistan is given high importance. People across the country make sure that they should spend on female education wisely. They should create awareness about educating their daughters.
By: Israh, Karachi on Sep, 26 2017
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