India as a developing country faces many challenges like poverty, illiteracy, malnutrition, lack of birth control, caste system, education, healthcare, bonded labor & financial intrusion. The scarce resources we have, allow us to take up only one of such important issues. It had to be education for the reasons we believe it is critical. There is a Clear evidence of a strong link between a nation’s Character, its’ material development and education.
There are some clear, obvious ways in which education stimulates development. Education leads to smaller family size, which enables families to provide for their (fewer) children better, having more resources to spend on educating each child.
It also leads to mothers being more informed, and knowing how to cope with childhood illnesses better. It means that parents can administer medicines efficiently because it enables them to read the instructions on the bottles, and leads also to cleaner, more hygienic homes, and so less illness to begin with. Healthcare is also vitally necessary for such developments and is entirely complementary to education as better healthcare means that school attendance is greater.
Education also helps to efficiently think through problems, including problems that require cooperation to solve, like local disputes, and the greater problems of disease, environment and population control. It has been seen to increase earning potential and the potential to acquire and use new skills. Education does usually inevitably lead to important social changes, for example to reduce child marriage, female infanticide and other traditional practices like dowry & sati which are harmful.
The emphasis is on girl education. Today’s girl is tomorrow’s mother. In the Indian context, a woman makes maximum social & economic impact & is responsible for upbringing. India already debilitated by extreme poverty & illiteracy has to fight deeply entrenched social evils like child marriage, Purdah, dowry, female infanticide & discrimination against girl child education,. We believe the best way to turn things around is by educating the girl child & not by reservations in panchayats & parliament alone. Empowerments have been more successful when women are put in the forefront as in the case of microfinance schemes, supporting the women entrepreneurs or supporting self help groups. Many of the Govt. rural development programmes like population control, polio eradication, operation flood are successful due to women participation. So educating the girl child would amount to educating the family, society & ultimately educating India.