It is a sorry tale when parents are not able to admit their 8-year-old kid Jia to an English medium school ostensibly because of the occupation of the parents. The parents Karamjeet & Heena are janitors and the age old regressive attitude of looking down on certain professions continues to haunt them. The parents had hope when Vishal Vaibhav (a media firm employee) promised to take care of the kid’s educational expenses and that hope has started to fade away as they are continuously being rejected by various schools citing Jia Dhulgaj won’t be able to cope with the demands of English medium schools.
Hope in despair
Despite the indifference shown, the parents are not giving up yet; they are determined to give Jia quality education which they themselves could not avail.
“Jia is currently studying in Gurukul School at Nalasopara. She lives with her grandmother who is 85 years old and is not able to look after her. This is one reason why we want to bring her to live with us. Also, we do not want to compromise on her education, we are ready to work relentlessly to pay for her expenses,” said Karamjeet (DNA)
Jia’s mother said “I do not want them to end up working like we do. I am worried about my younger son, Arush, who will have to be admitted to nursery in a year or so. Owing to our poor living conditions, I fear he will not be taken in a good school either,” (DNA)
By law and through social media
Vishal had tried to use the social media, he tweeted to the State’s Education Minister Vinod Tawde and the Chief Minister. Despite the effort, he could only reach the PR person of the Chief minister without much of a consequence. Vishal tried to use the Right to Education Act to secure admission. However, he was told that the Act was applicable only if the child were to be admitted to first standard, not Standard 3, reports DNA.
The Logical Indian pleads to the Maharashtra government to take cognizance of the situation and ensure that Jia gets admitted into a school of their choice given the amount of time lost due to unfair reasons. It is despicable that even as India moves towards a knowledge-based economy and having implemented the Right To Education, parents and children still have to go through such injustice to merely admit their children to a school.
Women empowerment is one of the most important words of the present times. It is not a mere phrase but it rather represents a movement, which has been pending for the longest time. However, many have a misconception that educating women, “letting” them work, etc. is all that women empowerment is all about. However, the concept of women empowerment is more of an umbrella term. It intends to involve society as a whole, including men.
We always encourage and applaud a woman who successfully balances both work life and her household. But won’t it be easy for that woman if the load of the work is shared? We see that in our society a woman’s primary role is seen as that of a homemaker. At the same time, her personal likes, aspirations, and dreams are forced to be put on the backburner because of the undue expectation that she has to single handedly manage the household while balancing her career. To give credit where it is due, the times are changing. Men and women of the house are increasingly sharing the workload. However, one can also not turn a blind to the fact that a lot more still needs to be done.
Driving home the same concept, popular brand Ariel has come up with brilliant communication.
The video shows a mother speaking to her married daughter over the phone, all whilst cleaning the mess her son has created. She is absolutely heartbroken when her daughter says that she plans to quit her job since juggling both a demanding job and her household has become too overwhelming. It is during this time that she realises that while she and her husband as parents left no stone unturned to give an all-round upbringing to their daughter, they somewhere forgot to teach their son some basic life skills like cooking and doing laundry so that they grow out to be equally responsible in doing household chores. This is not a story of just one family, but of families across the country. These are some things which everyone must know, not for any other reason, but simply because these are basic tasks which are absolutely essential to survive. And, they make you capable to be equal partners tomorrow!
As Ariel raises an important question-is household work only a woman’s job? We need to ask ourselves the same question. A recent study revealed that the unpaid work done by women around the world amounted to 43 times the annual turnover of Apple Inc. It is high time we share the load and change the narrative that household work is the “duty” of a woman. As the video shows, contributing to the household work is not only a daughter’s work, but the son must contribute his bit too. It is also important for the parents to instil a sense of responsibility in their children, irrespective of their gender so that at any juncture of their lives, they are not completely dependent on another person for basic tasks like these. Ariel has been consistently driving this message and addressing the inequality within households since 2015. The Logical Indian applauds Ariel for coming up with such a brilliant video for depicting such an important concept.