Women in Education

Effective schools and teaching is essential to the development of nations. In the region, where a number of professions remain out-of-bounds for most women, teaching is the best opportunity for them to use and impart their knowledge to the next generation. Schools, colleges and universities also provide the best platform for women to influence the opinions of society and thus bring about a gradual change in the status of women in the region. This will in turn lead to more and better participation of women in the region's economy and society.

It is essential to support education systems that enable all people, especially girls to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to compete in today's economy and improve the quality of their lives and that of their families. Teachers help to build a nation. They serve their country in important and lasting ways. Having good teachers is the most important school influence on how much children learn. Teachers are often referred to as the mothers of the next generation.

Promoting gender equality and empowering women is one of the eight United Nation's Millennium Development goals set for 10 years from now. Young women all over the region are asking themselves "Where am I now and where will I be by 2020?"

The important questions that all women should ask are:

  • How are the roles of women changing?
  • Should the rights of women be a priority in the region?
  • What are young women's expectations for the next 10 years?
  • What challenges do they face in reaching their personal ambitions?

Women in education have a great role to play at such a time when women are fighting for a better place in the region's economy and society.