Thari girls resolve to counter the social taboos

Education

By Sanjay Mathrani

Mithi: Thar Education Alliance (TEA) organized on Friday an orientation workshop with ‘Champions of Change’ attended by more than 50 education promoter women shared their stories of activism.

TEA, Program Lead, Sarang Ram Mathrani, started the workshop with introductory remarks and briefed on details of projects and the responsibilities of these champions.

According to him, Alliance is working for a world where every girl can learn and lead, and also breaks down the barriers that prevent the girls from going to schools. “We invest in local educators and advocates — the people who best understand girls in their communities — in regions where most girls are missing out school. The girls we serve have high goals for themselves — and we have high expectations for leaders who can help them,” he said.

A diverse participation from different areas of Tharparkar shared about their previous experience and highlighted issue of their local community regarding education.

While talking to media, Shabana, a change agent from Chhachhro, shared that opportunity and out-door exposure matters in the life of a girl. “If a female setup a parlor, saloon, or coaching, we must appreciate and support her cause, but don’t know why still in the 21st century, an era of technology, the society doesn’t accept it. We need to counter these taboos.”

Farzana, another participant viewed that the start-up or first step might be a punch to the people of surrounding but with the passage of time when a girl succeed after facing hundreds of obstacles and challenges, the immediate family and relatives will see her differently.

Majority of the participants also highlighted the educational problems in their local community that how difficult it is to go to school in primary or for higher education. They mentioned that early marriages are also the key factor of this issue, as where the parents or family members are not literate they prefer to knot the tie of the relation of their daughters instead of enrolling them in schools.

Devi Kumari, only educated female in her village also told that there are more than 500 houses in her village, but not a single girl is enrolled in school except her. ‘When my father decided to go for my admission my all uncles and relatives opposed his decision, but it was my dream and father was the only way to make it true, so he fulfilled his commitment. After completing my formal education, I’m working with many Thar-based social and development sectors, I’ve visited Thar in various fields, and today I can proudly say that my cousins are excited to study.’

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