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Responding to the needs of the community: Examining the educational opportunities for girls in rural Malawi


Lillian Sankhulani
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada
lis835@mail.usask.ca

 

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This paper reports on the findings of the preliminary research that I conducted in two districts of southern Malawi, Africa. The purpose of the research was to establish the existence of the Sara Communication Initiative (SCI), a girls' intervention program, which had been introduced to selected rural schools. During the preliminary visits, I interviewed head teachers, teachers, pupils and parents. The major issues identified were: that girls were overworked at home compared to boys; that girls were sometimes denied parental care and protection after puberty; that girls in most rural schools lacked female role models; that some girls failed to continue schooling due to poverty; and that some girls failed to enrol in school due to long distances. The situation suggests that more needs to be done for the advancement of the education of rural girls.

Rural schools, female role models, girls' education, UNICEF-ESARO, Malawi, Africa

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Sankhulani, L. (2007). Responding to the needs of the community: Examining the educational opportunities for girls in rural Malawi. International Education Journal, 8 (1), 100-107.
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