The education of girls in Senegal: the gender divide

Walton, Frederick Charles (2014) The education of girls in Senegal: the gender divide. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The purpose of this dissertation is to analyse the gender divide in the primary and secondary formal education system in Senegal; with particular focus on the education of girls. It explores the barriers to education which have had a significant impact on a girl’s access to and retention in schooling at both the primary and secondary levels. Principally, it concerns the socio-cultural and economic constraints of poverty, gender stereotypes and attitudes, the divide between rural and urban families, religious influence and gender based discrimination in the form of child marriage and early pregnancy. It further explores the progress made in eradicating the gender divide by comparing the enrolment and participation data of boys and girls at both primary and secondary levels before offering explanation as to the reasons why progression has either been faster or slower at each level. A brief history of the formal education’s foundations in Senegal is also discussed in order to provide a more in-depth analysis of how and why the gender gap emerged as well as reviewing the factors which have made the attainment of gender parity a key goal for policy makers in the country.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Languages and Area Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2014 13:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:40

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