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Title:The local and the global: gendering education in the Sudan
Author:Hassan, Idris Salim El
Book title:Globalization, democracy and development in Africa: challenges and prospects
Geographic term:Sudan
Subjects:higher education
women students
women's education
Abstract:In 1989, when the National Islamic Front came to power, some 32 percent of university students in Sudan were female. In 2000 not only had the number of institutions of higher education and the absolute number of students increased, but the proportion of female students had almost doubled, to about 60 percent. While the increase in the number of educational institutions and student enrolment at tertiary level can be attributed to the regime's set of ideologies and educational policies, the increase in the number of female students was unintended. Both local and global processes are involved. The driving force for the local to go global is the idea of attaining 'modernity'. Education is seen as one of the major ways to achieve this. The author discusses recent socioeconomic development in Sudan, the State ideology of 'civilizational orientation' and the government's political position on gender issues, the impact on women's status in higher education, and the effects of the massive enrolment of women in tertiary education on women's lives, on university life, on the family, and on society in general. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]