Girl’s education has been thy cynosure of attention by the United Nations (UN). Recently it’s United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) had urged its member nations for augmenting investments in the world’s 60 million 10-year- old girls group.
Now, it has lauded India’s efforts in improving a girl’s holistic development to ensure its methodical integration in the society. India, according to the report, has shown ‘drastic’ improvements in the opportunities available to a girl child. It has showcased India’s efforts to act as a role model to be followed in other countries.
While warning on the prevalence of practices which impede the growth of a girl’s education, it was noted that, “Both India and China, which together are home to roughly one in three 10-year- olds alive today, are among the world’s fastest growing economies and have seen dramatic improvements in the opportunities available to youth,” as per the report.
In the report of the UNFPA, it had already noted that there would be an additional $21 billion to the nation’s coffer. Now, it has quoted the International Centre for Research on Women to estimate that India loses nearly $56 billion a year in potential earnings because of adolescent pregnancy, high secondary school dropout rates and joblessness among young women.
Interestingly, all these problems have been listed in the UNFPA report as well.
“In India, there are more than 12 million 10-year- old girls, far more than in any other country. Based on secondary school-progression data, nearly 900,000, about 9 per cent, of these 12 million girls, while already having access to basic education, are at risk of not continuing on to secondary school”, the report said.
Thus it is already visible that India outshines by sheer number of strength, and thus the praise comes as highly encouraging.
In the end, the report concluded, “If these improvements continue and we collectively invest in developing this cohort in ways that allow them to maximize their potential, 10-year- olds may well prove pivotal to transforming the world for the better.”
Insisting up on the inclusion of girls in the educational landscape of a nation, the report noted that, “The past two decades have also seen extremely rapid changes in the proportions of children attending school; dramatic declines in maternal, neonatal, and infant deaths; and a slow transition to greater gender equality.”
The report also noted that of the 125 million 10-year- olds today, 60 million are girls who are systematically disadvantaged at the global level as they move through adolescence into adulthood.