Beyond Access: Transforming Policy and Practice for Gender Equality in Education

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In a world where poverty, social prejudice, and poor-quality provision prevent an estimated 100 million girls from completing primary education, it is not enough for governments to pledge themselves to expand girls’ access to school. This book presents a vision of a transformational education which would promote social change, enable girls to achieve their full potential, and help to create a just and democratic society.

Contributors to this book examine the extent and causes of gender-based inequality in education; analyse government policies and their implications for women’s empowerment; and report on original field-work in a range of local contexts where gender-equality initiatives have flourished. In their introduction and their concluding chapter, Sheila Aikman and Elaine Unterhalter consider the challenges that confront policymakers, practitioners, campaigners, and researchers if they are to make real progress towards gender equality in education, in the context of the Millennium Development Goals.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780855985295
  • Publisher: Oxfam Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 172
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Sheila Aikman is Global Education Policy Adviser at Oxfam Great Britain and co-editor, with Elaine Unterhalter, of Beyond Access: Transforming Policy and Practice for Gender Equality in Education.

Elaine Unterhalter is Senior Lecturer in Education and International Development at the Institute of Education, University of London. She is also co-editor, with Sheila Aikman, of Beyond Access: Transforming Policy and Practice for Gender Equality in Education.

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Table of Contents

Part One: The Challenges for Gender Equality in Education: Fragmented frameworks? Researching women, gender, education, and development; Ensuring a fair chance for girls; Measuring gender equality in education;
Part Two:Transforming Action – Changing Policy through Practice: Educating girls in Bangladesh: watering a neighbour’s tree?; The challenge of educating girls in Kenya; Learning to improve policy for pastoralists in Kenya; When access is not enough: educational exclusion of rural girls in Peru; Crossing boundaries and stepping out of purdah in India; Pastoralist schools in Mali: gendered roles and curriculum realities;
Part Three:The Challenge of Local Practices – Doing Policy Differently?: Learning about HIV/AIDS in schools: does a gender-equality approach make a difference?; Gender, education, and Pentecostalism: the women’s movement within the Assemblies of God in Burkina Faso; Enabling education for girls: the Loreto Day School Sealdah, India;
Conclusion: policy and practice change for gender equality;

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