There are times when our goals for equality might hesitate to be enforced when they run counter to local beliefs. Turkey’s education minister, NImet Cubukcu, said she would not oppose girls and boys studying in separate high schools if Roma people opposed integrated ones for their children. She argued it was more important that Roma girls be in high school and if that meant they would attend separate ones from those boys attend, so be it. Ms. Cubukcu, told Roma parents, “for a variety of reasons many of you could not send your children to school after primary school. There is support available, for example cash transfers or transportation of some high school students.” She made clear the Education Ministry would not oppose segregated schools for boys and girls, because it is “important to encourage girls to continue their education.”
Education now for females, tomorrow they hopefully will live in a society based on egalitarian principles.