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Losing or securing futures? Decision-making about young people’s education in Africa

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Losing or securing futures? Decision-making about young people’s education in Africa.
ed.: Häberlein, Tabea ; Maurus, Sabrina
Children's Geographies. Vol. 18 (2020) Issue 6 .
ISSN 1473-3277

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Working Group ‘Learning for the Future - Transdisciplinary Perspectives on Knowledge Transmission in Africa and Beyond’
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Project financing: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies

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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: Complete issue of a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Education; youth; Africa; schooling; future; decision-making
Subject classification: Ethnologie; Geographie; Childhood Studies; Afrika
Institutions of the University: Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Social Anthropology
Graduate Schools > BIGSAS
Graduate Schools
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology and anthropology
300 Social sciences > 370 Education
900 History and geography > 910 Geography, travel
900 History and geography > 960 History of Africa
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:703-epub-5163-2
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2020 11:42
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2022 12:43