UNICEF Chief of Education suggests investing in 'Girls Education' in order to breakdown the poverty level. Also, investing in education of girls, is required on most social indicators in India.
Urmila Sarkar, Chief of Education UNICEF had marked the 'Second International Day of the Girl Child' on Friday and organised a meeting with top Urdu editors in New Delhi.
Speaking at the event she said, "Innovation in girls education will be instrumental to female empowerment and also helpful in breaking the cycle of poverty and deprivation."
The main motto of the meeting was on the crucial role that media can play in order to create a sustained discourse and highlight innovations that get more girls to school, keep them in school and improve the quality of learning for all children.
She said, "In India, the number of dropouts of school stands at 8.1 million, out of which 4.5 million are girls. For every 100 boys enrolled, 88 girls are enrolled in secondary school. Some of the main causes for girls school dropout are child marriage and child labour."
She stressed on innovation in girls education and highlighted the importance of gender sensitisation. She also gave examples of how the communities have arranged for the safe school transport for girls in hard-to-reach areas from Udaipur and Rajasthan.
"Teachers who have undergone sensitization training have made a significant difference for adolescent girls in schools," she added.
Moreover, the participants of the meeting also shared few examples of how technology coupled with media outreach, has increased access to education for out-of-school girls and improved the quality of learning for every child.
The conference was chaired by the Vice Chancellor of Maulana Azad National Urdu University Mohammed Miyan and Director General, Doordarshan News, S M Khan.
Civil society representatives from Shikhar, Prof Rihan Khan Suri and Ambarish Rai of the RTE Forum spoke on how civil society efforts can build on the momentum created by a conducive educational policy framework and ensure that girls have access to quality learning environments.