Q for Qualification
This piece of news that I recently came across left me smiling. This is the first time that a top B-School in India had 55% women graduates and that did feel awesome. A class where women were not a handful but exactly equal. This means a balanced learning, gender neutral ideas and well-rounded perspectives. These many women entering the job market at one point in time also means more women in the workforce which is great for companies as well. At the same time I wonder,
Does a proper education make one a good human being?
Does being well qualified guarantee life long success?
The answer to both these questions is a plain simple NO. Education will open up your mind and will help you see things from another angle. Your qualification is not a measure of your success but it can make you self-reliant. A degree does not bring happiness but it does bring an opportunity to live a life on your terms. There were times when daughters were not given an opportunity to go to school while their brothers packed school bags each morning. But now, times are changing. This is summer vacation time for children and near my apartment, I see kids play all day. In a gang of around 15 boys, there are two girls who I know go to school but also run around with these boys and that makes me smile. At this age, if their parents are not forcing them to stay indoors and letting them have a good time running around, I see how parents are changing for good.
Educating girls is like educating society but we cannot leave all to school and books. I have a friend who once shared that she tells her ten-year old son to become whatever he wants in life but be a good human being. That’s why I feel, a qualification is nothing unless it is teamed up with other important values like respect for others. Values, sense of equality and a belief that girls can do everything in life that the boys can do, will instill confidence. Sure, we will not have answers to a lot of questions but at least we will open up their minds to think differently. Let’s not cloud their thought process with what the older generation went through, yet give an opportunity to create their own ideas.
Let’s give young girls an environment which not many women of today were exposed to when they were growing up. Let’s ask the girls to help set the table and also to run to the nearby store and grab a loaf. Let’s ask boys to help cover the car and also accompany Mum while she goes saree shopping. Let’s give children the right to learn as much as they want not only through books but with others lessons of life. Qualification should accompany their quality of thoughts and we all want them to be the best.
I am blogging from A to Z during April (#417 on the list) and the theme I have chosen is set on women. Some of the posts will be here for you to know and some will be to reflect and accept. Share your thoughts and let me know how things are going. There is always a room for improvement.