Opening Minds, Improving Lives: Education and Women's by Erin Murphy-Graham

By Erin Murphy-Graham

Juanita used to be seventeen years outdated and pregnant together with her first baby whilst she begun an task that might "open" her brain. dwelling in a distant Garifuna village in Honduras, Juanita had dropped out of faculty after the 6th grade. In 1996, a brand new academic application, Sistema de Aprendizaje Tutorial (Tutorial studying approach or SAT), used to be began in her neighborhood. this system helped her see the area another way and open a small enterprise.

Empowering ladies via schooling has turn into a most sensible precedence of overseas improvement efforts. Erin Murphy-Graham attracts on greater than a decade of qualitative learn to envision the reviews of Juanita and eighteen different ladies who participated within the SAT software. Their narratives recommend the straightforward but refined methods schooling can spark the empowerment technique, in addition to the function of fellows and boys in selling gender equality.

Drawing on in-depth interviews and school room commentary in Honduras and Uganda, Murphy-Graham indicates the possibility of the SAT application to empower ladies via improved entry and enhanced caliber of secondary schooling in Latin the US and Africa. An appendix presents samples of the school room classes.

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In short, education appears as one variable in this empowerment equation, but we learn relatively little about the presumably empowering skills and dispositions that education imparts. The second tendency in the literature is to investigate how a particular intervention or combination of social indicators (treated as predictors) fosters women’s empowerment. In other words, empowerment is viewed as an outcome. For example, Adato and colleagues (2000) conducted a mixed-methods evaluation of Mexico’s multifaceted federal welfare program, PROGRESA, which included an adult education component focusing on women’s empowerment.

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