New generation boys, educated not just literate, learned to behave and sensitised to behaviour of opposite sex will go a long way in establishing a society with gender just norms. Literacy numbers don't say whole tale about progress made on girl education front.

‘Education for all’ is more than equitable distribution of assets in the society for deep inside it resides a dream of big countries faced with the task of nation-building, and it houses aspirations of millions of people. Thousands of people engage in activities, campaigns and more ground work relating to girls education, aimed at securing equal and quality education for girls. Girls make up for an approximate half of the whole citizenry, so a better future of girls only can promise a prosperous and thriving India.

Government campaigns such as ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ and more schemes acting as incentive for improving girls’ enrolment clubbed with efforts of more NGOs and organisations have managed to increase literacy rate of girls, a steady increase from 45% female literacy in 2000 to 65% in 2011. Though the gap between male literacy rate, 82% in 2011, and female literacy rate is still wide but, in all, numbers aren’t discouraging. But the question remains, did this change actually bring the change that society desired for years. Not so fortunate at this front!

Numbers are highly distressing that say tales of women participation as a labour force, a meagre 10 to 12 per cent, that reflects sorry state of lack of knowledge and continuance of a conservative society and market situation inherently biased against women. One crucial take away from current scenario is: bettering literacy rate among girls is foremost and necessary act to build on gender parity discourse, however, not a sufficient one as evident from only a little progress made on pages of social awakening and breakage from societal bonds.

All of us are individuals, and yet so overlapped to each other. When all the social workers are pointing to girl education as one solution to gender discrimination, let’s educate our boys. No doubt, literacy numbers favour boys but had they been literate in true sense, that is, comprehensively educated and learned, gender discrimination would not have been prevalent in first place or it’d have vanished by now.

New generation boys, educated not just literate, learned to behave and sensitised to behaviour of opposite sex will go a long way in establishing a society with gender just norms. It is important to start the process with conditioning of boys because in a male dominated society idea of equality often finds itself at loggerheads with orthodox view. Why prefer clashes, when prospects of a humane way are available though, of course, easier said than done.

More and more activists are teaching girls and, by grace of their hard work, efforts will be fruitful. Behavioural changes are possible in boys through a specially designed gender sensitive curriculum with just a simple and sincere human outlook. Considered to be crude and insensitive, boy’s only schools offer a proper challenge as well as an opportunity ground for new innovation. And this would be largest of any government programme initiative for headway towards girl education in country.

Greater sensitivity towards causes of girls means fewer barriers for girls with dreams, better working places for girls and a general heightened sense of generosity and responsibility towards co-genders. The scheme of educating our boys in this way is more fulfilling than just being helpful, for it presents a long term solution for gender parity that fits well in a set up characterised by high credentials of our great nation.