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Losing or securing futures? Looking beyond 'proper' education to decision-making processes about young people’s education in Africa : an introduction

DOI zum Zitieren der Version auf EPub Bayreuth: https://doi.org/10.15495/EPub_UBT_00005159
URN to cite this document: urn:nbn:de:bvb:703-epub-5159-4

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Häberlein, Tabea ; Maurus, Sabrina:
Losing or securing futures? Looking beyond 'proper' education to decision-making processes about young people’s education in Africa : an introduction.
In: Children's Geographies. Vol. 18 (11 November 2020) Issue 6 . - pp. 569-583.
ISSN 1473-3277
DOI der Verlagsversion: https://doi.org/10.1080/14733285.2019.1708270

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Project financing: Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies

Abstract

The education of young people in Africa has been receiving increasing political attention due to expanded schooling and, as a result, an expanding number of unemployed educated youths who challenge governments. While many studies have described young people in Africa as being in a stage of ‘waithood’, this special issue looks at decision-making processes in youths’ education. The articles, which are mainly based on anthropological fieldwork, show how fears of ‘losing’ the future and ideas of ‘securing’ it guide decisions about young people’s education. Economic, political, moral, gendered, and religious factors are decisive in educational decision-making processes. Moreover, the status and prestige attributed to various forms of education impact those decisions. By looking beyond ideas of ‘proper’ education, which often reduce it to public schooling, this issue gives insight into the educational landscape in Africa and its connections to those of other continents that shapes young people’s lives and futures.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Keywords: Education; youth; Africa; schooling; future; decision-making
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 370 Education
900 History and geography > 910 Geography, travel
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Social Anthropology > Chair Social Anthropology - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Erdmute Alber
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Social Anthropology
Language: English
Originates at UBT: Yes
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:703-epub-5159-4
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2020 07:26
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2020 07:27
URI: https://epub.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/5159

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