In the quest to champion and sustain the rights for girls and women to be educated this proverb/quote made it’s way into the human psyche. It has been pushed down our throats especially in the developing countries and we have owned it and run with it: no questions asked.
However, the more I have reflected on this way of thinking the more I clearly see the faults in it.
- Do we have to downplay the boy child and men education to champion the rights of the girl and women to education?
- What are the results both immediate and in the future of such a standpoint?: push one gender down to elevate the other gender in relation to accessing education
- What kind of people both boys and girls, men and women are produced from such a way of thinking?