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International Day of Women and Girls in Science

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

The 7th International Day of Women and Girls in Science Assembly aims to recognize the role of women and girls in science from all around the world. As you will see in the title, the subject of this year revolves around water. Here at EDUREFORM, we wanted to highlight the important role water has in our lives, and in our education systems. This might not seem so obvious at first, but the access to water and water sanitation are crucial for the promotion of quality education.

In case you want to find out more about the relationship between water and education, our Innovation Manager from The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Anushka has summarized the following article for our readers.

“Lack of clean water has a devastating effect on children’s learning outcomes”

Pallavi Choudhuri

This article from the Indian Express talks about the impact of clean air and potable water on education.

Inadequate access to safe drinking water, clean cooking fuel, exposure to smoke associated with solid fuels and poor quality of rural health infrastructure are linked with serious health concerns, particularly for women and children such as acute respiratory infections (ARI) which adds to the havoc created by the pandemic. 

Lack of clean fuel and elusive access to piped indoor water in most areas has a devastating effect on health as well as children’s learning outcomes. Even though the coverage and intake for LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) connections have vastly improved with the launch of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) and Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY) respectively, it has not translated into sustained usage. 

In the absence of infrastructure access, women traditionally play the role of water bearers and firewood collectors, leaving them with less discretionary time, other household chores, time available for income-generating activities or child care. 

Evidence suggests that children often join parents in undertaking household chores, reducing the time available for studies and leading to lower educational investments, especially when women bear a greater share of the burden of the unpaid work compared to men. Children in households without piped water or LPG have lower learning outcomes, along with lower educational investments. It is necessary to provide both physical and financial access to time-saving infrastructure such as LPG and piped water that will provide mothers with adequate time to supervise their children’s learning and aid in bridging the loss endured in the pandemic.

You can read the full article written by Pallavi Choudhuri by clicking here.

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