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Subject: Re: Increase female education in Enga for progress.

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Date Posted: Fri, Jun 16 2006, 11:19:03am
In reply to: pngean 's message, "Increase female education in Enga for progress." on Thu, Jun 15 2006, 08:40:49pm

I am a female educated in Enga, Gr1-10. I competed with the male counter parts. And I was one of the top students during my time. I always believed in myself and always strived for the best. When it came to the classroom I took everyone as students regardless of gender, family background, place of origin, religion and what next. We were taught by the same teacher(s), had access to the same library, ate from the same mess. The difference was, I put in a little exra effort everyday.
The point I am trying to make is, females have to change their mentality. That mentality that I am a woman and so long as I get married to an educated man. Tell you what, today I earn more than my husband and I can provide for the family even when he is not around. That mentality by females that 'man istap, why worry', has to stop. Times have changed. Today, your paper talks, regardless of gender.
Therefore, again you and I have to go back and educate our young sisters, daughters, cousins, niece, and female friends alike. We (females) can't wait for men to change their mentality, we have to change our mentality and prove to the men that we all can work together for a better life. Ladies friends do not take me wrong, when I say this I do not mean that we should have a 'I don't care type of attitude toward' males. Men have a place that God has put them in, that must not change. For example, at the family level let your husband do the talking in public, but you can contribute by giving him ideas when you discuss at home.
So, ladies let's do our part by putting in time and effort in achieving things. From experience, no effort will go wasted, you will reap the fruits eventually. So, let's put our efforts in the right things, those that will make us better.


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Date Posted: Fri, Jun 16 2006, 01:13:41pm

Kandepen, I agree with your remarks. Females also need to change their mentality and attitute.

I think the only way that can be done is if you are educated well to a level where you can make those decisions by seeing what is happening around our society in our villages, towns, cities, the country and the world at large and how they affect you.

If however you are not educated to that level where you can see things and make those important decissions than I am afraid we may not see attitude and behavior change.

Education is the key.



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Date Posted: Fri, Jun 16 2006, 07:14:48pm

I would say that education (formal) is necessary, but does not help when one does not know what they want. By that I mean that we all should have some basis from which education can take on from. If females themselves do not have a purpose in life and do not know what they want, how can they value education. Education should be something that should be a process that we should enter into to take us through to achieve our goals in the end. For example, if a young lady wants to be a nurse, she would look for ways to become one, and she will know very well that to be one she has to go to school, and eventually through the different stages that will land her in a nursing college. However, if she does not know what she wants to become, she will only be taking a joy ride wasting her parents money only to say that 'mi pinisim grade 10'.

So, in order to help our little ones you and I need to educate them too, to set goals in life, stress how education can help achieve their goals and so on. Without this they will not know any better.

I still believe that you and I need to be the agents of change, first in our families, then our communities and the province as a whole. If we all can play that part of a change-agent we will definitely help change our society from man-is-man to man and woman can work together for a better life.

Having said that, I believe that even if there was no such thing as education I would still be successful as a subsistence farmer because I believed in hard-work as a child. So, what I am saying is, even female colleagues should have goals and purpose in life and look to education to help them achieve these. Education cannot be forced on females. They must want it. They will not be any better than their belief and value systems.

I do agree however, that education helps to improve understanding if we will let it.


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