Mother once told me the story of an eagle's egg which was placed alongside a chickens' to hatch.the eaglet grew up learning how to be a chicken from what it had observed from its supposed siblings.it never for once spread its wings to fly. This exactly is the scenario in my community.There has been so much work being done to encourage education of the girl child.parents have been sensitized,they have seen the likes of Turai Yar'adua a former first lady who is praised as being an epitome of wisdom;the likes of Okonjo Iweala a former worldbank MD,the likes of Michelle Obama,so many women writing their names on the annals of history.This has encouraged them so much,now so many of them believe in the potentials of the girl-child.
The rather saddening affair I have observed is this:although our society has agreed to educate,there is still this subtle unspoken rule being peddled which normally wouldn't have troubled me if not that our own girls are the first to believe such blasphemies,the girl is being portrayed especially through social media as a warmer of beds and not as a maker of dreams,as a sex toy and not a being to be believed in and supported without considering once again her gender!Ask a typical girl what her future ambition is and she would tell you it is to marry a rich husband!No goals or dreams or aspirations of any kind!That is why today we have a very high rate of teenage pregnancy because once they see a youngman who can feed the shallow dream they have nursed,they let him have what he wants,leaving them broken!many that I know would rather dress up colorfuly all painted and catwalk up and down the streets rather than go to school,what's the point?they say.all we're trying to get is money!
Yes,poverty is still an issue in some areas,so is the fact that some still don't believe in training the girl-child;but thankfully,these have to an extent been combated.Now,the poser is"girl,we need you to be educated,pls take it.want it" I believe we need to remind many of these girls who are having misplaced priorities that there's so much more to life than money,so much they can achieve,so much potentials in them that we refuse to see wasted.
We should create promotions and awareness programmes for them,help them know real life Sheroes who are making impact all over the world! We also need to create a reward system for those that do go to school and stay in school,to keep them motivated.keep their pulse beating strong. Finally,we need to use this same social media positively,change their way of seeing things,Let's help these eagles fly!
Take action! This post was submitted in response to Girls Transform the World 2013.