“Educate a girl and she will educate the world” ………a proverb that rightfully expresses that a girl child doesn’t need education just to make a living or to get recognition. But to take it further to her relationships connected to her by blood, by law and her society at large.
One such envisioned work was the establishment of the Manobal Educational Trust. It started like a dream but bloomed to be this foundation to educate many prospective and potential minds irrespective of any gender biases. It always and with open arms welcomed the concept of educating women to educate society.
The main aim to start an educational trust was:
A girl is not any statistic or just a piece of property; she's a child who like the other gender deserves a future. It’s such a known but hurtful truth that several times,
girls the world over face discrimination – just for being born as a daughter and not as a son. Strangely a girl’s education is less likely to be valued, and there always a fear of her being forced into an early marriage and face disrespect and home violence. Her childhood doesn’t beam the way she dreams for it but grows up with undue pressures from society.
A girl’s education can change lives; it can change everything. An educated girl is more likely to grow up healthy, safe and empowered to determine the course of her life and future. She is sound and confident enough to decide when she’s ready for marriage and make her own family. She would also be a motivated and open minded mother who would encourage her children for schooling and help them achieve academic excellence. Not just academically she also leads them to realising their potential in the fields of art, sports and other extracurricular activities, reminding them to set goals and work hard to achieve them.
We understand the importance of education for girl children. we can educate girls who may not otherwise have the chance to learn — changing the course of their lives, their children’s lives and the future of their communities.
My father was and will always be my inspiration. Like they say a daughter is always the crowning pride for her father. My dad too always treated his daughters as his pride and wanted them to be educated, independent, generous and good human beings. He always encouraged us to follow our dreams and learn whatever interested us. Probably this was the open-mindedness and the freedom that allowed me to pursue teaching.
I thus started teaching soon after I passed my HSC examinations. Every day spent with my students was a day of learning. Their queries, their thought processes manifested into various subjects and allowed to be a great learning experience for me as well.
I lost my dad but I kept up to the promise of unfailingly fulfilling his dream to educate and inspire others to do so. I named the trust as “Manobal” signifying firstly the credentials of my parents and serving as an inspiration to teach girls and empowering them to face the world. “Education is not the flight, it’s the wings that allow you to fly and explore yourself.”
DR. ARCHANA .S. SANIL , CHAIRPERSON