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ERIC Number: EJ1143563
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7925
Effects of Livestock Herd Migration on Child Schooling in Marsabit District, Kenya
Mburu, Samuel
Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, v47 n4 p545-560 2017
To throw light on the challenge of providing education to pastoral households in the context of social and economic change, this study investigates the effects of herd migration on child schooling in Northern Kenya. Specifically, the analysis uses both household panel data and community-level focus-group data to identify the barriers to schooling, which include an insufficient number of schools, nomadism and communal conflicts. The results also reveal that herd migration has a significantly negative effect on school attendance--about a 26% probability of failure to attend among the children of livestock migrating households. The child's age and mother's literacy have a positive impact on child school attendance, but with girls more likely to attend than boys, probably because of higher opportunity costs. That is, attending school takes boys away from activities like herding, which have greater economic value than the nonmonetisable household duties performed by girls.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: United States Agency for International Development, Academy for Educational Development
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kenya
Grant or Contract Numbers: EDHA0006000300