Do yourself a favor and learn all you can; then remember what you learn and you will prosper. (Proverbs 19:8 TEV)"
I am an ardent supporter of learning. Education is important because it gives people the basic skills to survive as adults in the world. Besides giving people the basic numeracy and literacy skills, it also gives them the ability to communicate effectively and trains them to complete tasks and work with others. It plays a major role in women’s empowerment. It is one of the greatest pathways out of poverty. If you are educated, you have more chances of being heard and taken seriously. Education gives one the confidence to express their views and opinions.
From my own experience, education opened a whole word of opportunities. I could choose and pick which jobs I wanted, I had opportunities to travel and see the world. I could network with high networth individuals and I could afford the basic necessities of life as well as some luxuries.
Beyond learning and studying, knowledge needs to be translated into action. Now that a woman is educated, what can she do to emancipate other women so that they can access the privileges that she now has access to. This has been a question that has been bothering me for a while now. How can I put my knowledge into practice? How can I help other women less fortunate than me to better themselves? My heart is moved by women who are in rural and marginalized communities who have very low levels of education, are unemployed, have no access to capital to start business. Such women have very few opportunities and have no hope for the future. They cannot envision a better life for themselves or their children.
I have also noticed that such women are overly dependent on their male partners and at times, they are taken advantage of because of their dependence on males. They cannot escape violent relations because they have limited options.
I am moved by the plight of women in such circumstances and I have decided to do something about it. I am in the process of starting a program to equip women with basic skills to start income generating projects, help them to launch their enterprises and provide mentoring and support throughout the project. This endeavor will enable women to participate on the market, generate income and allow them to have a level of financial freedom.
The emancipation of women and girls can be reached through education. Once a woman is educated, she has access to a myriad of other opportunities. Dropping out of school can no longer be an option for women and girls. We should encourage more women to stay in school for longer and to pursue post -graduate studies.