EMPOWERING THE GIRL CHILD THROUGH THE REEDUCATION OF THE MALE CHILD IN SCHOOLS
The empowerment of the girl child begins with educating young males in primary and secondary schools that the female is of equal intellectual and social capability and is capable of defending herself and making sound, intelligible choices without the help of a male nor his supervision thereof. Why chose the primary & secondary school platforms? At this stage, children are very impressionable and see the school as a superior source of knowledge compared to home and places of worship. Subsequently, they communicate what they are taught in school to their parents who also believe that schools are more superior sources of information and there are great chances of adopting this new information and allowing their children to propagate them at home. Creating early awareness in a male child, that a female child is an equal regardless of physical features is an early empowerment of the female gender and a mental liberation to explore previously unchartered opportunities economically with the confidence of achieving success. Should ethical reorientation which challenges patriarchal societal norms be instituted at such early ages? I thoroughly believe so. What is your opinion?