Illiteracy is inability to understand, read & write in any language: G.M Abro

Staff reporter
CEO SRSO, G.M Abro has said that despite efforts being made by the government to eradicate illiteracy in the Sindh, the percentage of uneducated is still high among women. This has resulted in early marriages, ignorance and poverty among the women.
This he said while talking to Media men after inaugurating the Adult Literacy Center by Sindh Rural Support organization (SRSO) at village Ghazi Khan Chandio, district Qambar- Shahdadkot here.
To a question Mr Abro told that development agencies identified women’s literacy as the most important element n development, yet one out of every three women in the world cannot read and write adding that discrimination exists in educational opportunities based on gender inequality which is a barrier to women empowerment through literacy.
“Illiteracy is the inability to understand, read and write in any language”, he said.
To a question, CEO of the SRSO said that the object of such centers is to create awareness among people that Adult Literacy is essential and is first step towards learning.
He said that socially, an educated woman is a good administrator and is firm in promoting valued principles. This also intimidates the society because of the belief that she will not respect her husband when married.
However, there is urgent need for increased commitment to literacy through sustained advocacy for quality literacy programmes that will empower rural women and also the girls of the remote areas for future purpose.
A lot of awareness and sensitization should be created, Mr Abro observed.
Reply to another question, GM Abro said the level of poverty can also deny a female child education. Education for the girl child should be made compulsory and free at all levels. Public enlightenment must also be encouraged n areas where cultural discrimination and ignorance work against education for women.
He said that besides this, the SRSO also providing vocational education and empowerment opportunities that enhance rural women’s worth and status.
He further said that investing in women’s literacy can make a lot of difference; it improves livelihood adding that literate women have a positive effect on the development of a country. Like the saying goes “educate a woman, you educate a nation”, he concluded.

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