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Title:Crimes against the future: Zambian teachers' alternative income generation and the undermining of education
Authors:Cliggett, LisaISNI
Wyssmann, BrookeISNI
Year:2008
Periodical:Africa Today
Volume:55
Issue:3
Pages:25-43
Language:English
Geographic term:Zambia
Subjects:teachers
income
livelihoods
Link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/africa_today/v055/55.3.cliggett.pdf
Abstract:With pressures from international financial institutions and current economic upheaval, formal sector wages in Africa are increasingly insufficient to support individuals and families. This article presents preliminary data from an ethnographic study of teachers' livelihoods in Zambia, documenting the range of diversification strategies teachers use to supplement their incomes. By providing the 'nitty-gritty' of how teachers generate adequate incomes, the authors hope to generate increased awareness of the state of teachers' livelihoods (and those of other social-service workers) in Zambia, and ultimately add to evidence that neoliberal restructuring, as advocated by the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and free-market models of livelihood diversification, is inappropriate for Africa's social-service sector. Such diversification, while necessary in the current economic climate of Zambia, undermines teachers' ability to carry out their primary jobs, and ultimately undermines the country's educational base. International financial institutions' creation of economic structures that force teachers to diversify their income generation in effect constitutes a crime against the future. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]
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