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ERIC Number: ED519542
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 97
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 143
ISBN: ISBN-0-901881-65-1
South Asian Nomads--A Literature Review. CREATE Pathways to Access. Research Monograph No. 58
Sharma, Anita
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This review of literature on South Asian nomads is part of a series of monographs on educational access published by the Consortium for Research on Educational Access Transitions and Equity (CREATE). In the context of India, most recent work has focused on access to the education system for the poor. CREATE research in India has focused on nutrition (Sood, 2010), governance (Govinda and Bandyopadhay, 2010; Little, 2010) and dropout (Anugula and Reddy, 2010) as well as seasonal distress migration (Smita, 2008). This monograph "focusing on communities who migrate voluntarily as part of their way of life," proposes to further refine this initiative, offering insights into how educational access can best be widened in a culturally sensitive manner for South Asian nomads. Children of nomads largely fall into CREATE's zone of exclusion 1, as they are denied any access to education. The conceptual framework of CREATE acknowledges that expansion of formal schooling can enrol only a proportion of these children (Lewin, 2007); this monograph attempts to firstly understand nomadism, and then explores how their basic education needs can be addressed. This review attempts to map the scale and location of nomadic populations likely to be excluded from normal school provision. It identifies different approaches to the education of the children of nomads adopted by governments, NGOs and the communities themselves and comment on the assumptions and theoretical propositions that underpin the approaches. The review also attempts to encapsulate the findings of the most significant analytic studies that give insight into meeting the educational needs of nomads in the general context of EFA and the MDGs. It identifies some successful strategies for different groups and the conditions that surround these strategies. The review also points out the research gaps in existing literature, and proposes a refinement of research approaches through a greater understanding of nomadism. An appendix presents: Database of Nomads in India. (Contains 1 figure, 1 box, and 31 footnotes.)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Consortium for Research on Educational Access, Transitions and Equity (CREATE)
Identifiers - Location: Asia; Bangladesh; India; Pakistan; Russia