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Learning the value of girls' education.

Authors
  • Frost, G
Type
Published Article
Journal
Links : a newsletter on gender for Oxfam GB staff and partners
Publication Date
Nov 01, 1999
Pages
3–3
Identifiers
PMID: 12349596
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

This paper briefly describes the experiences of Oxfam GB in Sa Pa District, Lao Cai province, Vietnam on an integrated education program to provide school construction and housing for teachers, community development, and training of primary teachers. The extreme disadvantages that are faced by young tribal girls, particularly in education is what prompted Oxfam to work in these areas. Only a few children from these communities enroll in school and fewer stay and complete their education. Custom and tradition has prevented girls, especially those from ethic minorities, from going to school, and often, parents feel that it is not worth educating their girls. Early marriage is also a major contributory factor. The paper outlines the activities of Oxfam with the District Education Department on primary education issues. Some of the activities carried out include persuading parents to allow their daughters to attend school, providing special classes for girls, as well as scholarship programs, and providing teacher training on how to run community development groups and about ways of involving parents. The last part of the article summarizes the lessons learned from the program.

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