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Title:Swimming against the Tide: Educational Problems and Coping Strategies of Rural Female Students in Ethiopia
Author:Mulugeta, EmebetISNI
Periodical:Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Ethiopia
Northeast Africa
Subjects:women students
academic achievement
access to education
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Education and Oral Traditions
Education and Training
Cultural Roles
Survival strategies
Education of women
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/eastern_africa_social_science_research_review/v020/20.2mulugeta.pdf
Abstract:Using qualitative data analysis based on S. Reinharz's (1992) feminist ethnography, this paper examines the educational journey of rural female students in Ethiopia who succeeded against all odds and joined colleges. Based on a survey conducted in 1997/1998 among 563 first-year female students in five colleges/universities of Ethiopia, the paper uncovers the problems encountered by these students and explores their coping strategies. The constraints encountered by them include too many household chores; a lack of understanding and support on the part of parents; harassment both in and outside school; and economic and cultural constraints, such as early marriage and marriage by abduction. Facilitators include support of parents, educated older siblings and other relatives, and of mentors and teachers serving as role models; hard work combined with good academic performance; self-confidence and optimism; and resistance to conforming to the norms in their communities. In the final analysis, the student herself took responsibility for her success or failure. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]