Challenges - Educating Girls: A Priority for The Future

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Educating girls must be a priority of the future could possibly be viewed as a statement of gender bashing; however that is not my intention. For the past few years, I’ve heard similar statements concerning the importance of girls attaining their education; however, I assumed it was due to a rise in teenage pregnancy and or a means of building teenage girls’ self-esteem.

It was not until this week’s Hubmob topic of education and a statement from Oprah that I began my research and learned that the priority of educating girls is a precedence that covers so much more. Prior to revealing Oprah’s statement and my research; let’s take a look at some of the overall challenges of educating kids both male and female in the future.

Education Today and Tomorrow

Today’s technological age that we live in poses numerous problems for our established educational system. Many of these issues can be located on YouTube as video expressions of frustration like the one above and the ones on the right. These issues must be addressed in order to meet our kids' interest and encourage creativity for future innovation.

Sir Ken Robinson makes the compelling argument that creativity is just as important as literacy. However, in our current education model, the majority of emphasize is the four literacy’s of writing, reading, mathematics and science. Of course, he does not dismiss these, and even says that they are important, but he says we emphasize these too much. What are the standardized tests all about? That’s correct reading, writing, mathematics and science.

Because so much importance is placed on these four (which are residuals of the industrial-revolution model of education from the late 1800s) little time, money, or room is left for anything else that would encourage a child to find his or her creative talents. Needless to say, numerous hubs and videos could be created discussing the problems of teaching kids based on the industrial-revolution model rather than a technological model.

Ralph Waldo Emerson once stated, “If the colleges were better, if they really had it, you would need to get the police at the gates to keep order in the inrushing multitude. See in college how we thwart the natural love of learning by leaving the natural method of teaching what each wishes to learn, and insisting that you shall learn what you have no taste or capacity for.”

Poster in Girls School in Rwanda
Poster in Girls School in Rwanda

Global Awareness

Nelson Mandela once stated, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” As the above video reveals education has universal problems and complications. In this technological age, everyone is interconnected via the Internet; so not only are you now competing within your own country; individuals are now being compared to students that are on the other side of the world.

However, the purpose of this hub is to focus on the importance of teaching girls in the future. Cultural beliefs, traditions, environments, and religions have made it more difficult for some children to compete with the male and female students globally. This is especially true for girls! Even in the United States women are still striving to overcome the times when women were not allowed to go to school in order to make a better living. According to the U.S. Census Bureau in 2001 estimated that 89 percent of young women -- ages 25 to 29 -- have completed high school and 87 percent of men that age have a high school diploma. At the college level, 30 percent of young women (ages 25 to 29) had college degrees, versus 28% of young men, but working women still make only 72% of the median income of men.Oprah Winfrey states, “When you educate a girl you change an entire community.”

Educating Girls: A Priority of the Future

Numerous organizations believe that there are several benefits associated with educating girls throughout the world. Many cite such benefits as:

  • the reduction of child and maternal mortality,
  • improvement of child nutrition and health,
  • lower fertility rates,
  • enhancement of women’s domestic role and their political participation,
  • improvement of the economic productivity and growth,
  • and protection of girls from HIV/AIDS, abuse and exploitation.

For more information please take the time to read the additional links that I am providing within this hub.

Many organizations have found that girls’ education yields some of the highest returns of all development investments, yielding both private and social benefits to individuals, families, and society as a whole. An excerpt from Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's Half the Sky cites, "It is impossible to realize our goals while discriminating against half the human race. As study after study has taught us, there is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women." —KOFI ANNAN, THE UN SECRETARY-GENERAL , 2006

Be sure to check out Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's Organization and addition infomration on Oprah's website at the following links:

I think you will agree that this hub has exposed numerous issues that need to be addressed and or changed within our present educational system. However, no one person can bring about all these changes. It will require numerous people diligently working together to improve education globally. So I challenge you to find an area that is important to you and let's began to work towards making changes that will improve our educational systems. Personally, I am impressed with, and will be supporting the work that is being done globally to bring about change by educating a girl, who will in turn teach her village...


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Laura du Toit profile image

Laura du Toit 6 years ago from South Africa

Excellent Hub. Let's hope that people who read this hub are motivated to spread the word!


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

I agree Laura! I found the stories about educating girls around the world to be fascinating, but yet it makes a lot of sense because after all women are the nurturers that will help their families, friends, as well as others... Whereas some men tend to be driven by the feeding of one's own ego!


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travelespresso 6 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

Excellent hub MoneyGlitch. In many developing nations they have recognised the importance of Oprahs comment. By focusing on educating women, they are seeing massive changes in society. There are numerous reasons for this. Thanks for writing about this.


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY

Quite a moving Hub Money Glitch. This weeks HubMob really brought so many great ideas and important subjects to the surface. This is for sure one of them and I am so glad I came over, So much good information and the way you presented here is amazing.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

Great Hub!

Just to add that people should never stop with education, so they can fulfill what Nelson Mandela stated.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

You are correct travelespresso, developing nations have begun to acknowledge the power of teaching its girls and I was happy to see the numerous companies that are contributing towards making this happen.

I agree wavegirl, all of us did a great job of presenting numerous subjects and great ideas about education this week.

Tatjana, I agree that education alone will not bring about change. Education is just the first step, and change will not come until those individuals start to give back through what they have learned to help someone else... :D


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk

Superb hub! (so well presented too) I wish more people in certain parts of the world could read this...but hopefully the awareness will spread...! Keep writing....hope lives on!


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks myownworld, I really appreciate your comments! And yes, as long as there are great writers like you, and others here at HP, "hope will continue to live on" spreading awareness that there are better ways of doing things. :D


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

Beautiful Hub. I wish the whole world could take on this point of view. Girls are just as important as boys.

Thanks for writing it. I hope lots of people get to read it. :)


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

very nice hub Money, here, in developing countries, a son is more preferred to go to school and that is really not fair, and girls will become mothers, and they are the ones who take care of children,(they are expected too even if we need sharing) they need to be educated so that they will know how to take care of their children properly too,


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

I agree Lady E and Prettydarkhorse, it would be great if everyone recognized the importance of both genders. It seems that some countries are slowly catching on.

Hopefully, organizations like Half the Sky, Macy's, Oprah's School for Girls, and numerous others will continue to help spread the word by creating great examples of the good that can be accomplished. Thanks for reading and commenting!


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kirstenblog 6 years ago from London UK

I suspect that the internet is going to make some very big changes to education in the future. It may be problematic for a while as you point out how much easier it is now to compare students across the world when that is not really fair on those students. The thing about the internet is that the gender of a person is irrelevant, you could be a man or a woman and from where I am sitting (front of a computer in my living room) it really does not matter. Virtual classrooms will open up opportunities for those in countries where education is not open to women and girls, they will not need to leave the home to become educated. Imagine how difficult it will be for oppressive regimes to halt the education of its population if they can access the internet. Ban the internet and you are effectively banning business and that will not work since you need business and money to operate an oppressive regime. I have a lot of hope for what the future holds in regards to the internet.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

Awesome points Kirsten, I agree 100 percent. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

Wonderful hub, Money. Of course, education is so important for all kids (and adults too!). But women are ultimately responsible for children and need to be able to meet the needs of security (food and shelter and safety)and the education of future generations.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas Author

I agree Dolores, as more women choose not to marry and even opt to have and raise children on their own, education and an even paying scale becomes more important. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


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Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America

Hey Money Glitch, when I showed up on this hub, I checked out the comment section first before reading the hub. I wanted to see when the last comment was posted. The revelation that the last comment was 16 months ago, literally floored me. It is absolutely unbelievable that no one has commented on such an AWESOME hub.

I will agree that education is vital to girls/women. It is actually important that every single person on the planet(globally) be educated. It's unfortunate that the obstacles and influences of many other aspects, derived from so many other people are hampering the ability of so many others. It is truly disgusting to see that more and more people are more ignorant now than in the past. I realize the statistics says that many people have graduated high school....but the truth is for many years kids were passed just to pass them. Thus, created an illiterate sum of people. Again, it's a fantastic hub. :)


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Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks for the kind compliment Cags, and you are right that is seems individuals are losing the focus on just how important education is...Unfortunately, it seems most have forgotten that everyone cannot be a rock star, a sports player or have a reality tv show. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. :) Glad to know it is not just me that have noticed the changes. :)


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Sincere greetings, Money Glitch:

LOVED this hub. GREAT read. Voted up and all across the way. I loved the lay-out for it shows just how naturally-creative you are. And your writing is very professional. I already envy you. I am, with your permission, a new fan. Sincerely, Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, Alabama, a rural town that reminds people of Mayberry, where Andy and Barney worked, but it's home. Keep up the great work.


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Money Glitch 4 years ago from Texas Author

Thx kenneth for stopping by for a read and I really appreciate the kind comments. :)


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