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Title:A growing dilemma: women and change in African primary education, 1950-1980
Author:Robertson, ClaireISNI
Year:1985
Periodical:Journal of Eastern African Research and Development
Volume:15
Pages:17-35
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:primary education
women's education
Abstract:This essay documents the growth of primary education in Africa and its impact on women. Primary education is chosen because it is most common and even becoming ubiquitous for women in a few areas. Using UNESCO statistics the author first analyses factors which have determined the generally lopsided growth of primary education which favours boys. The second and shorter section of this essay explores the ramifications for female subordination of this growth. Both sections support the argument that western education in Africa is instrumental in promoting gender-specific class formation, where women are persistently underprivileged in their access to resources. - Notes, ref., tab.
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