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Title:Gender Perceptions of the Botswana National Literacy Programme among the Minorities in the Chobe District
Author:Maruatona, Tonic
Year:1998
Periodical:Botswana Notes and Records (ISSN 0525-5090)
Volume:30
Pages:9-26
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Botswana
Southern Africa
Subjects:gender relations
Subiya
literacy
Women's Issues
Education and Oral Traditions
Ethnic and Race Relations
Education and Training
Cultural Roles
education
adult education
Gender-based analysis
Ethnic minorities
Chobe District (Botswana)
National Literacy Programme (Botswana)
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/40980201
Abstract:The Botswana National Literacy Programme (NLP) was officially launched in 1981 after it had been in operation from as early as 1978. The present study evaluates the effects of the programme on the lives of Basubiya men and women in the Chobe District. Data were collected from 60 literacy learners in four Subiya-speaking villages: Mabele, Kavimba, Satau and Parakarungu. Respondents were asked why they enrolled in the NLP, what they saw as impediments to their active participation, how they used the skills they acquired, as individuals and as family and community members, and what problems they encountered in the programme. No significant difference was found in the reasons given by men and by women for taking part in the programme. However, it does appear that gender roles are reinforced by the programme, with men citing cattle management and women the administering of medication as the way they used their newly acquired skills. Other issues, such as the use of Setswana in teaching and learning, affected both men and women alike, while the fact that on average the learners were usually poor also somewhat transcended gender lines. Bibliogr., sum.
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