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ERIC Number: EJ811797
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1361-1267
Alternative Mentoring of Street Girls in Bangladesh: New Identities and Non-Traditional Opportunities
Sperandio, Jill
Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, v16 n2 p207-221 May 2008
This article examines how mentoring and female role models enhance perceptions of self-worth and career aspirations for adolescent girls from low socioeconomic backgrounds. It describes an eight-week project that provided nine girls from the slums of Bangladesh with female role models and mentors in a modern work environment. The project involved collaboration between a charity hostel for low-income girls and a private international school that aimed to raise self-esteem and awareness of non-traditional career and lifestyle options for the participating girls. Qualitative data collected during the project from participants' diaries, focus group discussions, and mentor and participant interviews are analysed for evidence of the effectiveness of mentoring for empowerment rather than skill acquisition. The author concludes with reflection on the potential use of mentoring in non-formal educational and vocational settings for the empowerment of adolescent girls from disadvantaged backgrounds.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Bangladesh