This week’s course theme on “Education” was really fruitful. We learnt about the film transcript,
“Back to school” that broadened my mind about the possible hindrances in getting quality education. With an excerpt of a film, the transcript shows how children are likely to drop out from school. Introducing some tangible characters, this transcript tries to show the reasons behind inaccessibility of education for children in the developing nations.
The main character, Shugufa, is a 13 years old girl from Afghanistan who presents an overview of all the possible obstacles that children in Afghanistan have to come across to get a quality education. Especially in the developing countries like Afghanistan, where war is a plausible problem, it has become difficulty for young children to go to school. These children have to stay at home until the disputes have been settled, and are secure enough to go outside. Sometimes, it takes many years to pacify the violent situations. As a result, children have to quit going to school. Moreover, to escape from the war, people take refuge to other nations just as, Shugufa’s family have moved from Pakistan to Afghanistan to flee from the assail of Taliban rule.
However, the incentive of migrating to places cannot solve the problem until the societies they live in have a broader view about educating both genders equally. Still, there are some communities, which believe in stereotypes that girls should not be allowed to go to school or read and write, but do household and domestic chores. This type of concept of society restricts them from their studies. This will deter girls being an independent and confident individual, which not only hamper the girl’s future but also the whole society who she is connected to. However, by bringing awareness about these conservative beliefs, we can evoke people to stop being rigid about gender inequalities. If parents are educated and are not convinced of the dogmatic beliefs of the society, the young girls will get chance to go school and get knowledge. For example, in the film transcript, Ziaudin, Shugufa’s father is a learned man, and he does not comply with the society’s stereotypical beliefs. Instead, he believes that education is a right of every human being, and it must be considered in both case of a boy or a girl. Thus, Shugufa is able to go school unlike other girls in the society.
Education is the backbone of a nation and it enlightens the darkness of mind. Hence, we should try to bring awareness amongst all people in providing education to youths, which may cause youths to become an independent and confident individual.

One Response to Education

  1. Dear Priyanka,
    I enjoyed reading your post as you have described briefly about the importance of education in our life. I completely agree with you that we need to broaden our vision about education. There are many societies in which girls are not send to school or even if send, then in poor and low quality of education. We all need to understand that if women are not educated, it will hamper the whole society’s development. We should not forget that education is the basic foundation for development of a country. Until the country cannot provide high-quality education to its citizens, it cannot move forward in development. The more people are educated, the less they believe in gender based stereotypes. So, in order to make people less dogmatic in sending their children to schools, we need to spread awareness to people.
    Digya shrestha

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