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ERIC Number: EJ1191690
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1938-9809
Is Education a Basic Right for All? A Glimpse into the Successes and Challenges in Enrolling This Marginalized Population
Reza, Fawzia
Forum on Public Policy Online, v2018 n1 2018
Primary education is one of the basic human rights and is considered essential for the economic growth and development of a country. However, in certain countries including Pakistan, this basic right is not appropriately recognized or encouraged. In Pakistan's patricidal society, educating girls, who are marginalized and not provided the same opportunities for education as boys, is especially challenging. A qualitative study was conducted on elementary school teachers and administrators in Pakistan to understand systemic barriers against Pakistani girls in achieving education, and how certain schools have succeeded in increasing enrollment despite these challenges. Results demonstrate that specific barriers to enrolling girls in Pakistani schools include the mindset of the population, societal and familial taboos, lack of reliable, safe and affordable transportation to school, societal and cultural beliefs regarding gender segregation, early marriages, and poverty. Participants whose schools have increased female enrollment and retention rates provided recommendations for better serving this marginalized population.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pakistan
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