IS A MUST
is an important factor in a person's life. Especially
for women it is a must. It is very much essential for
women to be literate and to be able to read and write
in order to be able to live life with dignity and self-esteem.
No matter if we have stepped into the 21st century then
also still a woman is treated with contempt and dis-respect.
Even today she is considered a chattel something which
is there for the enjoyment of men and hence it becomes
very necessary for women to educate themselves in order
to survive and fight all the obstacles that she has
"Literacy is pivotal to human
progress. All agree that the single most important key
to development and to poverty alleviation is education.
Adult education, literacy and lifelong learning must
be combined with the fundamental recognition that education
of women and girls is central to development". World
Bank President, James D. Wolfensohn, while speaking
on the occasion of the World Literacy Day - September
8 , 1999.
Did you know that India still has about 300 million
illiterates out of a global illiterate population of
around 1 billion. This means that around 1/3rd of the
world's illiterates live in India! That is shameful.
India is the second most populated country in the world.
We have the infrastructure and the resources. We have
given this world so many great scientist and great personalities
then it is shameful for us to be rated so low as far
as the literacy level of the world is concerned. Why
is it so? Has any one ever wondered?
Education is important not only for ensuring that you
make a great career, but also for inculcating accepted
values and principles in your life so that you can lead
your life as a person and you learn to respect and love
fellow humans. Respect for elders and love for your
young ones, knowing about your country and your life,
knowing about the mystical world of science is all possible
only if education is a reality in your life. As a person
you have to see that you help other also acquire this
great power. Try to contribute.
Thus if you want to see your country progress and be
the most successful country in the world you have to
be educated and also try to educate people. Make the
best use of the facilities given to you and pass on
the legacy to the coming generation - that it is education
and nothing but education that will pave the way for
a better future for mankind. Make it a point to educate
at least 12 illiterate persons in a year and thus contribute
towards eradicating illiteracy from our country. Women
who have free time should devote their time in educating
illiterate persons and you can begin by teaching your
maidservant to read and write. Tell her; enlighten her
why it is so important to learn to read and write and
advice her to send her children to school if still she
hasn't. This is your chance……so don't waste it. Do something
for your country. Help India eradicate illiteracy and
strive towards success.