Beyond Access: Transforming Policy and Practice for Gender Equality in Education

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Sheila Aikman, Elaine Unterhalter
Oxfam, 2005 - 263 pages
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In a world where poverty, social prejudice, and poor-quality provision prevent an estimated 100 million girls from completing primary education, it is not enough for governments to pledge themselves to expand girlse(tm) access to school. This book presents a vision of a transformational education which would promote social change, enable girls to achieve their full potential, and help to create a just and democratic society.

Contributors to this book examine the extent and causes of gender-based inequality in education; analyse government policies and their implications for womene(tm)s empowerment; and report on original field-work in a range of local contexts where gender-equality initiatives have flourished. In their introduction and their concluding chapter, Sheila Aikman and Elaine Unterhalter consider the challenges that confront policymakers, practitioners, campaigners, and researchers if they are to make real progress towards gender equality in education, in the context of the Millennium Development Goals.

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Sheila Aikman has worked with a wide range of NGOs from community-based and regional federations of indigenous peoples in South America to international NGOs such as the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs, Copenhagen, and Oxfam GB where she held the post of Global Education Policy Adviser prior to joining UEA and DEV in March 2008.

Elaine Unterhalter is a reader in Education and International Development at the Institute of Education, University of London. Together with Sheila Aikman she co-ordinates the 'Beyond Access: Gender, Education and Development' project. Her books include Gender, Schooling and Global Social Justice (Routledge, 2006), Beyond Access (with Sheila Aikman, Oxfam, 2005) and Amartya Sen's Capability Approach and Social Justice in Education (with Melanie Walker, Palgrave, 2007).

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