Abstract Title

Enablers and Barriers to Girls' Secondary Education in sub-Saharan Africa

Abstract

The gender gap in education has received global attention in recent decades with the United Nations’ Decade of Women, Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals. Despite these efforts, gender parity in education has yet to be reached in parts of the world. In sub-Saharan Africa, 75 percent of girls start school. Only 8 percent complete secondary school. Failure to educate girls deprives families, communities and economies of opportunities to flourish. Using secondary data analysis, this study aims to identify the key factors that enable and inhibit girls’ achievement in secondary school in sub-Saharan Africa. It concludes by stressing the need for more female participation in schools and in positions of decision-making in order to adequately advocate and strategically act to combat this problem.

Modified Abstract

The gender gap in education has received global attention in recent decades. Despite efforts, gender parity in education has not been reached in parts of the world. In sub-Saharan Africa, 75 percent of girls start school. Only 8 percent complete secondary school. Failure to educate girls deprives families, communities and economies of opportunities to flourish. Using secondary data analysis, this study aims to identify the key factors that enable and inhibit girls’ achievement in secondary school in sub-Saharan Africa. It concludes by stressing the need for more female participation in schools and in positions of decision-making in order to advocate and strategically combat this problem.

Research Category

Social Science/Education/Public Health

Author Information

Candice HarrisFollow

Primary Author's Major

Communication Studies/Interpersonal Communication

Mentor #1 Information

Dr. Vilma Seeberg

Presentation Format

Poster

Start Date

5-4-2018 1:00 PM

Research Area

African Studies | Education | Educational Sociology | Gender Equity in Education | Secondary Education

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Enablers and Barriers to Girls' Secondary Education in sub-Saharan Africa

The gender gap in education has received global attention in recent decades with the United Nations’ Decade of Women, Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals. Despite these efforts, gender parity in education has yet to be reached in parts of the world. In sub-Saharan Africa, 75 percent of girls start school. Only 8 percent complete secondary school. Failure to educate girls deprives families, communities and economies of opportunities to flourish. Using secondary data analysis, this study aims to identify the key factors that enable and inhibit girls’ achievement in secondary school in sub-Saharan Africa. It concludes by stressing the need for more female participation in schools and in positions of decision-making in order to adequately advocate and strategically act to combat this problem.