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Title:The Education of Girls and Women in Uganda
Author:Atekyereza, Peter R.
Periodical:Journal of Social Development in Africa (ISSN 1012-1080)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Uganda
East Africa
Subjects:educational policy
Women's Issues
Education and Oral Traditions
Education and Training
Cultural Roles
Status of Women
Education of women
Traditional culture
Political crisis
government policy
Abstract:This paper analyses the contextual reasons for low enrolment and high dropout figures in Ugandan schools, particularly for women. It explains the extent to which sociocultural, economic, policy, and political factors are obstacles to the education of women in particular. It is partly based on the findings of a study carried out in Uganda's Eastern District of Kamuli in 1996 by UNICEF/ActionAid Uganda. Both primary and secondary data show that sociocultural, economic and ideological factors greatly influence parents' and guardians' decisions as to which of their children should receive education. The main factors affecting girls' school attendance include poverty and the high costs of education. Policy factors and traditional customs pertaining to the social status of girls and women further aggravate their precarious position. A clear explanation of the factors responsible for girls' lack of access to education and for the failure to retain girls in schools is needed if policies are to address the causes rather than the symptoms of the problem. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.