Saturday, May 11, 2013
Role of family on girl access to education ……………….
[Following I wrote on request of world pulse net on one of their efforts of contributing or providing any ‘community’, any member a helping hand so this note I like to dedicate to that one of their efforts,projects on ‘girls access to education’. The last date to submit the essays and stories was ‘10th May 2013. I was unable to send this to the net – world pulse on time therefore I decided to post it on this path]
I generally do not like to stick to a single story here in order to share my ideas and views with ‘worldpulse net’ and who ever reads this.
I have a little question to ask before I write this essay based on my personal experiences of here and there of living, reading, writing and observing too.
What harm that gives a person in sharing at least a bit of knowledge with the other needy people of education/learning if she /he have the ability and the will to do so? Do you really have to be a formal or academically appointed teacher to share what you have learnt from this and that of sources of Education?
Role of a family
Roles of a family one can define or categorize under different facets thinking of every corners of human needs giving this and that of explanations and definitions plus one can analyze the same depending on the needs and desires of people apart from the general universal or essential needs of general human beings.
Housing or shelter
No trouble places or Peaceful environment to live
Access to pure drinking water
One can list any list not just the basic human needs. Education is a must have thing in this world. Facilities provided or will be providing for any child to get a better education is not just a family‘s responsibility it is a whole bog responsibility of a whole nation.
The authorities has to be ready to welcome the child from the child is somewhat prepared giving necessary love plus understanding before sending to a outside world ‘the formal education entity the school’ for most kids a heaven the child is coming from a so close to each other place that is a place that some name not home sweet homes but ‘homes heaven like homes’.
Family or a place of living – home or the house or the mansion, castle or the pel patha, or shanties, the temporary shelters or semi permanent or royal park like ‘ thattu gewal ( storied houses) housing schemes, or from the places like ‘ 60 watte’ or Sri Siddharthapura’ area ‘ what ever area or what ever places or names you give the location one belongs to no matter ‘ all should have the access to education’
All should have the access to education. We know the levels of reaching the sight that the person or the child wants solely depend on the skills and talents of the child that too we know. But to sharpen child’s skills or motivate him/her, providing necessary aduma kuduma ( the essentials ) it is a role of a teacher, school very including ‘the parents’
I understand that now a days parents are so busy ‘thinking of their child all the time’ which school to send , what things to be provided which lane or education she/he should take every morning to evening they have things to think that is because they are their children’
Child is the most important person that is the idea of the present scholars compared to early or very yester years or decades and decades of gone by days the days that the Robert Knox identified.
Role of a family is immeasurably important firstly the parents of a girl or a boy child should understand the ‘value of gaining better education’ formal or informal way. That is the main and very ‘trustable foundation’ second to no other foundation built using very concreted mixture way.
No other person, individual, relative or a group can underestimate your child s right to education or right to live then it is you (the parents) who can give your child a better education plus security no one else can do much better than you sometimes.
Let me share just a single story to prove my idea which is ‘the family – the school is the best and undoubtfully important institution for a child to get an informal education in a formal and very close way. That is at the very preliminary level or the stage.
Education is not just learning A – Z letters and words and concepts, definitions, arts and crafts, science and mathematics etc. it comes along with other confidence and encouraging ingredients.
I try to avoid saying or mentioning names here
I was not that small when I first heard this from a very respected I love so much teacher (I do not like to mention her name here) she belongs to a very reputed family of her area and generally this my talk goes back to early 70 s. Generally back in those days so called ‘lower’ ‘caste’ or ‘class’ people go and help the households of above mentioned, opposite categories of people in this and that of out of houses, in the gardens for work for instance ‘collecting firewood for their reputed kitchen and play with their kids, baby sitting for their families even this was expected from the kids of some sort, pluck fruits or collate coconuts from the gardens of prospers (class of a person changes due to very many reasons not like ones caste ) other than that families of the era that I particularly talk of that is 70’s do not expect the other family children to get maximum education like the children of their families.
Some how this patterns of thinking and treating children the way above mentioned that some used on children's right to education and parents big like universe desires to give their kids a better education thankfully changed a lot due to few important reasons.
The parents always loved and wanted their kids to get better education even on any era even though some were not sent to formal institutions back in early years before introducing any acts along with full potential definitions and encouraging notes of better education.
One is thanks to the ‘FREE EDUCATION SYSTEM OF THE COUNTRY introduced though even this took a little while to established the idea among the country people and all over country it was not easy at all to change people’s attitudes toward many things not only about education or related rights. Not only the idea of free education but also acceptance, the free books text books and necessary modules for a libertyful learning, within the ideas of providing better education they introduced some small lines likes providing something for them to eat – nutritional cookies or a glass of milk for free to give them a little libertyful but hungry- less mind to learn freely and peacefully.
I like to emphasize that access to EDUCATION - FREE EDUCATION became a reality thanks to the idea headed by ‘ Dr. C.W.W. Kannnagara and later all supportive heads and brains tops to bottom and the support given by the families
The idea of free education provided the children of lets say poor or unprivileged families a huge ladder to go up ‘so easily with out facing any destructions and hazards ( no mental torture from any so called families at that era) of any group or family.
So let me come back to what I was telling
She thought (I do not think that she has changed much in her opinions even now) that only the kids of her kind of families should learn MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCES AND BECOME DOCTORS (MEDICAL) AND ENGINEERS OR become HIGH LY RESPECTED personalities POSITIONS holders not the other children of her village who come and work in their own paddy fields or in their acres of home gardens with coconuts, mangoes or bananas so such children should learn anything below such recognition of education
So this free education given OUR CHILDREN our people all girls and boys a chance for a better education at formal schools and in UNIVERSITIES caste or class become nothing before this immeasurable idea of free EDUCATION therefore children of all families got the opportunity to learn like all others and became strong in their living ‘ education full fills people’s and parents , societies desires to become ‘top’ in a good way without alienating cornered from other societies of other regions continents or territories of the world.
Cash is not a big issue to get a better education for children who has the access to free education. My parents not belonged to a cuurnecily, highly reputed family or they were not on top of the village even when think of the divisions of a society. Thanks to free education I could study up to University though during the latter stage of our lives my father had very less affordability issues he could easily spent any money that needed for my education
When parents are strong and especially when fathers think that their daughters should get maximum level of education exactly like their sons no one can underestimated their daughters . My father my first teacher, mother taught different things or I learnt different things watching her she is not a lazy woman at all compared to now she was very different then even now she writes every thing down or keep notes of her expenditure sometimes she has very old receipts of the things that they have bought from different places. Those things too come under education, one of the categories informal though such things are different to academically framed or certified ways ‘informal education or self learning there are plentiful ways. I know what effort he took to make me understand ‘the importance of education’
Therefore I believe PARENTS and family support and understanding the importance of education for all levels of girls, ladies of all age or that is the main thing that daughters and sons need. I m thinking of some of the societies at this moment I know how some societies think when it comes to girls access to education.
Back in early years of this region we live ‘the girls were killed just because they were born as girls or as daughters because of many reasons ‘ dowry was one of the reasons’ and child marriages from the very first moment of their births their marriages were arranged. Now the situation is different and I know even when compared to this region with that region or those regions ‘ attitudes towards better education of any group, people are much better’
Still ‘ATTITUDES’ of some people needs to be changed with regard to ‘peons’ should remain as peons ‘clerks should remain as clerks maids do not have the rights to get better educations nannies should only learn how to take care of a child ‘people needs to changed them selves ‘ though we live in this technologized world we people live in cages still.
ALL HAVE RIGHT TO GET BETTER EDUCATION FORMAL OR INFORMAL WAY