Gender Roles and Girls’ Education in Burkina Faso

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This article examines community-level factors that negatively impact girls’ education opportunities in Burkina Faso. The focus is on rural areas where girls tend to have especially low levels of education attainment. Using in-depth qualitative and small scale survey data, we discuss the root causes of the gender gap in education across three communities. The sociocultural factors that influence education opportunities at the local level include child marriage, expectations about gender role, cost, and perceptions regarding risks of harassment of girls by teachers or boys in schools. The findings however suggest heterogeneity in the0 factors that impact education attainment in the three communities. This heterogeneity in local community conditions must be considered when planning development interventions and engaging through programs and policies

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, (2017) “Gender Roles and Girls’ Education in Burkina Faso”, American Review of Political Economy 11(2). doi: https://doi.org/10.38024/arpe.142

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