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Educational attainment and literacy in Ugandan fishing communities: Access for All?

Westway, E and Barratt, C and Seeley, J (2009) 'Educational attainment and literacy in Ugandan fishing communities: Access for All?' Maritime Studies, 8 (2). 73 - 97. ISSN 2212-9790

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Abstract

This paper explores the experience of formal schooling in three Ugandan fishing villages, highlighting through the findings of in-depth qualitative research the low educational attainment in fishing communities where very few children complete primary school and even fewer successfully transition to secondary school. The paper focuses on five areas: the reasons that children do not access formal education and drop out; the nature of the aspirations and attitudes of children and their parents towards formal education; strategies to formally educate children; the failure of those strategies; and official attempts to keep children in school. In conclusion, a nuanced understanding of the complexities of girls? and boys? everyday lives is essential to ensure that government policy is based on social reality to provide more positive life choices and outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Health and Social Care, School of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2014 14:51
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 17:54
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/8585

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