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Women’s education in Pakistan: An important need of hour

Pakistan is a clear example of a country that has been struggling to achieve gender equality in education. 13 million girls are out of school - this is the total population of some countries! Gender equality in education should be a priority that cannot be neglected. There is a need to achieve gender equity because of the existing gaps in girls' education.

The importance of education cannot be overstated in our daily lives. Fatima Jinnah, sister of Quaid-e-Azam, was constantly on hand to serve as a practical example. Women’s contemporary education was also a priority of the independence struggle. If we don’t have equal participation from both men and women in our country’s affairs, we won’t progress. Pakistan has struggled for many years with the gender inequality of women achieving an education within their country.

Pakistan is the sixth most populated country in the world, but with more than 40 percent of women never receiving an education, the nation has one of the lowest literacy rates on the continent. When it comes to the advancement of women’s rights, education and training are essential. When it comes to raising one’s level of social awareness, education is a vital factor. To understand the importance of educated women in a country’s growth, we must view them as noble creatures and responsible citizens.

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After the Industrial Revolution in Europe, women’s value was recognized in the contemporary world, and they were incorporated into every aspect of life. In all of his lectures during and after the founding of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam promoted women’s education and urged that Women in Pakistan should participate in national progress together with males.

Problems faced by females

Pakistan’s contemporary socio-economic environment is tainted by political instability, civil society and media persecution, a deadly conflict, and rising ethnic and religious conflicts. They divert government resources away from delivering essential services like education, and females suffer the most.

Children, particularly girls, are being kept out of school and poverty across all provinces, year after generation. In interviews for this research, girls repeatedly expressed their yearning for school, their want to “be someone,” and how their ambitions had been shattered by not pursuing their educations.

Pakistan’s educational system has seen substantial changes in the last few years due to the government’s abandonment of its role to offer an appropriate academic level, through government schools, to all students. This education is both mandatory and free. There has been an increase in the number of new private schools, many unregulated and provide a wide range of educational options for children.

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Changes in the education system of Pakistan

Poor people’s inability to attend public schools has generated a burgeoning market for low-cost private schools, which for many are the only educational option open to them. To satisfy an urgent need, these schools may be undermined by underqualified and underpaid teachers, a unique curriculum, and a lack of government quality assurance and control.

In many cases, the educational system is to blame for the lack of opportunities for girls. To put it plainly, the Pakistani government has not set a sound education system for youngsters, particularly females. It may seem like a good idea to hand over the reins to private school operators and religious schools. Still, under international and domestic law, nothing can pardon the state’s responsibilities to guarantee that all children receive a competent education. Even with all the obstacles, a rising desire for girls’ education was reported, particularly in underserved areas of the world

In my opinion, these nations are falling far behind the rest of the world regarding economic advancement. Education may be expanded in a country like ours, a developing and agricultural land if the method of instruction is not curriculum-centered but instead focused on training and self-accountability. Our society’s existing poverty, illiteracy, dirt and sickness, and savage tendencies may all be eliminated via education.

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Quaid-e-Azam highly prized education. It is long past for our culture to realize that women’s education is an essential component of a unified and stable society.

“Education is a matter of life and death to our nation. The world is moving so fast that if you do not educate yourselves you will be not only completely left behind but will be finished up.” – Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah


The writer is an E-Sports & Sports Blogger, Social Media Influencer & Freelance Journalist from Pakistan. He can be reached at @OsamaQ96 on Twitter. The views expressed in the article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Global Village Space.