The girl child is one important aspect of the society whom if neglected will pose a great danger, not just herself but for the community and society as a whole.
Tradition in the past has made a great impact in denying girls the right to education, as well as some vital development to function in the society, therefore, making them vulnerable to so many life challenges.
Just like the saying goes that when you educate a girl child, you are not just educating an individual but an entire society of enlightened generation.
The West has not placed any restriction on their women over time and this has really helped them in their day to day dealings, by allowing a woman to have access to knowledge, that which she can defend herself wherever and in whatever situation she might find herself.
Education, whichever form helps and so the girl should not be secluded and deprived of such privileges, the only ideal thing to focus on is to always ensure that she knows her value, moral and parental background.
Some girls usually find themselves in a mess because they are not properly informed. They lack proper orientation from parents and guardians, there are these norms with us in Africa where we shy away from discussing certain topics with our daughters/children in general.
But where she is not duly informed, things usually are not done right. Some few aspects I will like to project, which may pose a serious danger to any girl child who is not properly educated are:
2 Poor Health
4 Early Pregnancies
When a girl is not properly educated, there always this generational chain of poverty that usually follows her. This means that she is not able to have a source of leaving.
Some may argue that one doesn’t really need to be educated before you can make money, Yes there is trade to be learned and other businesses to embark upon, but however, the situation when educated it becomes easier to succeed in whatever trade she does.
A girl who is educated and eventually became a mother tomorrow will surely know how to take care of herself right from pregnancy to childbirth as well as know-how to nurture her child in a healthy way.
Take for example the high number of Virginal Vested Fistula VVF which is very common in northern Nigeria. This is happening because of the uninformed and uneducated young girls who are married underage.
They don’t know how to take care of themselves because they are never informed about the dangers of prolonged labor which usually resulted in VVF and other diseases.
Another factor to none education of the girl child that may lead to poor health is when she has unprotected sex with so many men on the street; she might end up contracting HIV and other dangerous sexually transmitted diseases which might be life-threatening to her and her family
Most girls today have become single mothers at a very tender age due to early pregnancy this is because they lack orientation both from home and school, had they been informed or educated, it would surely have reduced the damage being done, considering the fact that sex education is mostly discussed in schools today.
Many are being deceived by the men who take advantage of their vulnerability because they are so gullible. Most of this on time goes back to the parent who does not give their daughter sex education, but had the mother being educated; she will surely inform her daughter about how conscious she should be.
This, of course, is what we meant by the generational or chain of poverty when the girl child is not educated.
A girl may not know she is being abused if she is not educated, because what she may perceive or see as love being shown to her could actually be abuse on her person.
Thus, education paves the way for her to understand a whole lot of things as well as be able to tackle each the way they come/ For example, when a girl is educated, she will know when a man is trying to make negative advances at her, she will know that with every action comes and inaction, therefore, she will tend to avoid certain things that might ruin her life in future.
Even when she eventually gets married, she knows how to tackle her home and also differentiate between when her husband is taking advantage of her by exploiting her. When she is better informed, she will lean to easily seek help before anything gets out of hand.
DIVORCE AND FINANCIAL CHALLENGES
Many times young girls who are often forced into marriage end up being divorced for one reason or the other, the men who seek to marry these minors are mostly more elderly men who in most cases have money to throw around. This is to say they can do and undo when the situation is in their favor.
Life after divorce is normally difficult for every woman whether educated or not, but the fact still remains that it’ll more difficult on none educated ones because they mostly have t focus.
Most time they are dependent on the men, and when such happens, they have to start life from scratch.
And if a woman has children to carter for, that will be something to reckon with because she might not have the strength to shoulder the said responsibility and most times she has to survive doing menial jobs whereas some will start to run after other men for support to carter for their children.
The same goes for a woman who lost her husband and that is why women are seen today doing all sorts of dirty jobs to earn a living for them.
However anyone chose to look at it today, educating the girl child has never, and will never be a waste to any given society, because women are the backbone of every society be it socio-economic, health, education and any other profession around.
Women always try to give their all.
So to foster productivity as well as enhance development, the girl child has to be given a total attention in her education to reach her set goals b that the world will be a better place to leave because, women are the best Caregivers alive, therefore they should be supported, encouraged and cheered to enviable heights.
This means that all hands must be on deck to ensure the achievement of their goals.