Saturday, 15 September 2012

India still lagging behind China in female literacy rate

According to a recent article by Carrie Lennard, Government Labour and Education Manager at Euromonitor International, the one-child policy in China (in place since 1979) and its preference for educating males is doing damage to the Asian giant's growth rate, so much so that its total employed female population is forecast to contract by 1.2% between 2012 and 2020.
In contrast and partly owing to increased female incomes, during that same period India saw a real growth of 64.2% in consumer expenditure on education.
This reinforces our conviction that we must promote female illiteracy because improved literacy among women translates into improved health as well as school enrollment and outcomes by enabling women who enter the workforce to invest in their children's health and education, that is, in their children's future.
Statistics and predictions tell us that literacy is the key to social and economic development and improvement at several levels. It can mark the difference between extreme poverty and a bright, hopeful future for an entire society, not just for women. What is more, in countries beset by conflict, literacy can contribute to peace.
India may still be lagging behind the other Asian giant, but it can do a lot to bridge that gap and why not, to get ahead of its rival neighbor. If rivalry means improving the social conditions, health and education of its people, then let there be rivalry.

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