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Are We Ready For Gender Equality?

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Last week, it was international women’s day. Every women must have received messages and emails , but lets face it they are just words spoken without emotions. Everyone talks about gender equality, feminism, women empowerment but are we actually ready for women to be treated as equals? In this patriarchal society where a women working independently or divorced are victims of the dogma that they are rebel, it is their fault that they are divorced. We have the habit of blaming women for every little offence and judging them for everything they do, like oh! She got divorced, it must be her fault or oh! She wears jeans, she must have many boyfriends. Why? Why do we blame clothes or time for rape? If A girl is out at 8:30pm, why is this such a big deal or why is she stared upon everywhere she goes. She is not asking for it!

The statistics reveal that a women is raped every 20mins in India. Not only rape , women are victims of dowry, sexual harassment and eve teasing. People think its because of the clothes. I mean, c’mon lets face it! It’s because of the cheap mentality that women are weaker section or the ‘second’ sex. It is not the girl’s clothes that need to be changed but the mind-set. Girls are asked not to leave home after 6:00pm or not to study far from home. But why don’t we teach boys to respect every women or protect them or not to abuse them. Gender Equality seems a distant dream right now. There are various schemes, programs launched by government, NGOs But not unless we decide to take matter in our hands nothing would change. We need to understand the general psychology that drives criminals to lead to such brutality. The recent ban on the documentary “India’s daughter” shows the irony. It is banned because it can hurt sentiments but anything it can do is act a mirror for those who think the same way as the criminals. Don’t you think it is not the documentary that needs to be banned instead the people who think or act in such lousy opinion.

To survive in this male dominated or patriarchal society, it is not just the women who needs to come together and act as one, but also every member of the society. Gender equality cannot be achieved in a fortnight and also people are not very ignorant of this issue but still we are far from accomplishing every women’s dream of feeling of equality or parity in the society. There are few women like Indira Nooyi (CEO of Pepsico) , Mary kom(boxer), Arundhati Roy(writer) who have defied the social norms and left their marks in India’s history but my question is why so few? Why not every women do what they wish to. If they want to work, be a dancer or an entrepreneur or an engineer. Why not give them opportunities to excel and be independent in life. Women around the globe are not asking for a society where they are superior or above the men, Often people confuse feminism with women dominance and ascendancy but feminism is a credence that men and women should have equal opportunity and rights. This is not very hard to achieve yet cannot be achieved hastily. What we need is a transformation of thoughts, transformation of mindset and then gender equality will be inevitable.

TWR Note:  Articles under students’ column are written by school going students. Readers and commenters are requested to maintain healthy debate and to  avoid the use of improper language. Please stay away from directing personal attacks.

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The Benefits of Online Education

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So many universities are offering to teach online and long distance, and there are many benefits to taking these kind of courses. Where you can learn depends on how much you have to spend, where you live, if you have transport, and can stop many people from getting onto the the course they want to, or even getting educated at all.

There are so many benefits to getting qualifications. You can get into sectors that need to to have specialized experience like working in a hospital, or getting into law. Learning is a great to get into a different line of work, or challenge yourself intellectually. Whatever your reasons, long distance learning can benefit a lot of people.

You Can Learn Anywhere

If you live in the middle of nowhere and physically can’t access a university campus then you have difficulty finding the course you want to study near you, or somewhere you can easily access. Unlike traditional education, there doesn’t need to be a number of students for a class to run, because students are all over the country. Therefore, you have a better chance of studying exactly what you want, and getting exactly the classes you want to study.

You can study from home, or anywhere else you want. Many people work best from, or don’t want all the distractions and inconveniences that come from attending classes, so get a better learning experience by working from home. You never know, an online msn degree could be for you. Sometimes a bit of comfort and relaxation in your own home can help to you to learn better, and retain that information.

Make Your Classes Work Round You

Attending classes on campus means you have to make time for travel and time for the actual classes too, which can take up a lot of your time. If you have families, jobs, or other commitments this can be very difficult. With online classes, however, they are much more flexible. This means you don’t have to sacrifice your other commitments, or use your time unnecessarily, because you can make your classes work round you. Are you a night owl? Then you can learn all you want when you work best.

Save Money

Online classes are notoriously cheaper than traditional ones. This is because you don’t have to be constantly present on campus, and you won’t be using as many resources either. Having cheaper tuition is a bonus, and make these courses accessible to many more people than traditional ones.

You also be saving on travel too. Travel is a huge expense for many people who take courses, and can really add up when you are already paying tuition. Save time and money by learning online.

There are so many great benefits to learning online, rather than in person on campus. These courses are becoming increasingly popular, because they are in demand. More people can study exactly the course they want, and can do so even if they live on remote parts of the country. There are so many benefits to taking online courses, so find about ones available to you today.

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How Online Education Could Change the World

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Online education, whether it be via Massive Open Online Courses from the likes of FutureLearn, edX and Coursera or via top colleges and universities around the globe, are not only very convenient for those students who want save money and learn in their own time – they might just change the world.

Sound like a big claim to make? Consider the following:

You Can Learn Anything for Free

This might not seem like a big deal to you if you were lucky enough to have a full college fund or obtain a scholarship when you turned 18, nor might it matter much to you if you were able to take out a reasonable loan for your degree, but there are lots of people all over the world who simply cannot afford to get an education. Because they cannot earn enough money to pay for an education, they, their families and their communities are stuck in poverty. If they could learn the skills they need to move up the ladder and make more of their lives, then all of us will benefit as a result.

All it would take would be for poor towns and villages to be set up with internet access and a handful of devices to access them, and the uneducated could become educated.

Access

Of course, a lot of people living in a lot of places, particularly in the third world, don’t have access to a decent education simply because there is no infrastructure to support them – there are no schools and colleges nearby, and online courses could change this too.

We Can All Learn Anything We Want

When learning is as simply as logging on to a computer at your convenience, you no longer have to worry about moving half-way across the country to do the only ba policing degree that’s suitable for you or the only writing course that’s worth a dime, which means fewer of us will have to settle in the future and consequently more of the right people will enter the right occupations. That is something that will benefit us all.

Lifelong Learning Will Become the Norm

Being able to learn anything online, and often for free or a very small fee is sure to convince more of us to go on learning long past when we would usually have settled into a routine. This means we will have more people in the workforce who have a wide range of knowledge and ideas, and of course, the more educated we all are, the better our prospects for the future are as a collective.

It’s Better for the Environment

Think about it – when we have fewer people commuting to school, using physical textbooks and making regular trips to the library, instead choosing to learn from the comfort of their own home, it is going to have a positive effect on the environment and that is exactly the kind of thing that we need right now.

If online learning continues to get better and be more widely available, it is surely going to change the world, sometimes in a big way, sometimes small, but for sure, it will shake things up!

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Which Countries Rank For The Best Quality Of Education?

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People who want to study abroad should take the time to research their country of choice. Some nations offer a much higher quality of education than others. With that in mind, this article should serve to point you in the right direction. Just ensure you continue your research after clicking away from this page.

Belgium

Belgium is a quiet country with a vibrant population. It’s a peaceful place where the government invests heavily in education for its citizens. Foreigners can apply for university with ease, and some of the best minds in Europe lecture at the top colleges.

Finland

Most people overlook Finland because they know little about the country and its people. However, in recent rankings, Finland achieved second place when it came to determining the best quality of education in the world. So, maybe you should take a look at some of the universities?

Switzerland

Switzerland is considered the best place in the world to go for a first-class education according to most experts. Only 5% of children attend private schools in that nation because the public education system is fantastic.

If you’d like to know more about the potential costs involved when going to Europe for an education; just take a moment to check out the infographic published below. It offers some excellent information that should help to ensure you leave no stone unturned. Studying abroad isn’t for everyone, but it’s guaranteed to become a life-changing experience you will never forget. So, what’s holding you back? Now is the best time to set the wheels in motion.


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