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Hard time getting to school : a household assets approach to low school attendance in the Upper East Region, Ghana

Larsson, Moa LU (2020) MIDM19 20201
Department of Human Geography
LUMID International Master programme in applied International Development and Management
Abstract
In recent years there has been a shift in discourse from ensuring universal primary education to focusing on the right to quality education. However, as millions of children remain out of school, this research brings back attention to this unresolved issue with an objective to increase the understanding of persistently low primary school attendance. Introduced in this research is an approach that combines the field of education and school attendance with the livelihoods of people and their resources. More specifically, the research focuses on households and their assets, including human, social, physical, financial, and natural capital, in relation to educational demand. Under investigation is the experience of people in the Upper East... (More)
In recent years there has been a shift in discourse from ensuring universal primary education to focusing on the right to quality education. However, as millions of children remain out of school, this research brings back attention to this unresolved issue with an objective to increase the understanding of persistently low primary school attendance. Introduced in this research is an approach that combines the field of education and school attendance with the livelihoods of people and their resources. More specifically, the research focuses on households and their assets, including human, social, physical, financial, and natural capital, in relation to educational demand. Under investigation is the experience of people in the Upper East Region of Ghana and their understanding of how assets influence their children’s schooling. Through a qualitative study using semi-structured interviews, household members in the region have themselves explained their situation. Findings of this research provides insights to the severe limitations households face to send children to school. It is not only the lack of assets the household has referred to in discussion on schooling, but also the composition of their available assets and the few options they provide. (Less)
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Larsson, Moa LU
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MIDM19 20201
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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keywords
school attendance, household assets, asset scarcity, livelihoods, livelihood strategies, Ghana
language
English
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9008949
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2020-06-12 16:56:01
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  abstract     = {In recent years there has been a shift in discourse from ensuring universal primary education to focusing on the right to quality education. However, as millions of children remain out of school, this research brings back attention to this unresolved issue with an objective to increase the understanding of persistently low primary school attendance. Introduced in this research is an approach that combines the field of education and school attendance with the livelihoods of people and their resources. More specifically, the research focuses on households and their assets, including human, social, physical, financial, and natural capital, in relation to educational demand. Under investigation is the experience of people in the Upper East Region of Ghana and their understanding of how assets influence their children’s schooling. Through a qualitative study using semi-structured interviews, household members in the region have themselves explained their situation. Findings of this research provides insights to the severe limitations households face to send children to school. It is not only the lack of assets the household has referred to in discussion on schooling, but also the composition of their available assets and the few options they provide.},
  author       = {Larsson, Moa},
  keyword      = {school attendance,household assets,asset scarcity,livelihoods,livelihood strategies,Ghana},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Hard time getting to school : a household assets approach to low school attendance in the Upper East Region, Ghana},
  year         = {2020},
}