ERIC Number: ED404058
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Women and Girls, Tradition, Modernity and Post-Modernity in Education in the Province of Sindh.
The education of females is one of the best investments that a country can make in its future, because it enables the country to draw more fully on all of its human resources for national development. In 1981, 26.2% of the population of Pakistan above the age of 10 was literate. The literacy rate was 35.1% for males compared to 16% for females, and ranged from a high of 53.3% for urban men to a low of 7.3% for rural women. The female school enrollment drops sharply after the primary level, and then again after the secondary level. The student dropout rate is linked to the social, cultural, economic, and educational background of the parents. Disparities in educational attainment correspond to other social inequities between urban and rural populations and between men and women. Many rural people want to continue their daughters' education, but it is socially unacceptable for girls to leave their homes for education. Girls are also excluded from apprenticeships in commercial shops, through which boys learn a trade. However, social attitudes are changing, in that educated young men want to marry educated women. Rapid expansion and revitalization of the education system is needed. Improvements are needed in training, planning, management, and promotion of innovation to enable the entire education system to respond to rapidly changing socioeconomic and cultural demands. Other suggestions for improvement include increasing literacy education and job training for women; distributing educational videotape cassettes through the existing commercial video rental infrastructure; increasing computer uses in education; and focusing the educational system on vocational education, especially for females. (TD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Sindh Rural Women's Uplift Group, Hyderabad (Pakistan).
Identifiers - Location: Pakistan