Changing Social Norms to Universalize Girls' Education in East Africa

Lessons from a Pilot Project

Edited by: Auma Okwany, Rekha Wazir

The educational experience reproduces gender ideologies and social norms, which interact with schooling for girls in very particular ways and are implicated in their persistent gendered exclusion and marginalization. The authors focus on this link by taking a social norms approach to profile the processes, strategies of, and research on community-led interventions. The chapters are paced around a pilot project that critically adapted a successful model in India to develop context-appropriate integrated approaches to universalizing secondary education for girls in poor rural and urban areas in Kenya and Uganda. The analyses provide documentation of the successes and challenges of project implementation activities that have successfully contested girls' exclusion and marginalization in education. This required a sustained focus on the link between social and educational institutions and policies, as well as working in an integrated manner with a range of policy actors, including young people and targeted communities, to bring about significant and sustainable change. [Subject: African Studies, Education, Sociology, Gender Studies]


Publication Date: 12/20/2016
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9789044134797


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