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ERIC Number: ED460325
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jul
Pages: 18
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The Impact of Custom and Tradition in Educating the Female-Child in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of Ghana.
Owusu-Banahene, Nana Opoku
This paper seeks to draw attention to examples of negative customary practice and obsolete traditions that thwart female access to education, female emancipation, and their ultimate empowerment. The information is organized in five sections. Sections 1 and 2 present an historical review of female education in Sub-Saharan Africa and the status of female education in Ghana. Typical examples of obsolete customary practices are examined in Section 3. The benefits of educating girls are discussed in Section 4, while Section 5 analyzes the implications of all types of discrimination towards female education. Benefits to a nation when females are educated are reviewed, such as lower birthrate, improved family nutrition, increased life expectancy, and economic gains for the family. A number of policies and programs are presented that have been put into place or are suggested to eradicate the cultural, customary, and traditional practices that work against female child education. (Contains 15 references, 5 tables, and 1 figure.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Africa; Ghana