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Title: Gender, Education and Development: Global Priorities and Local Realities
Authors: Ridge, Natasha
Keywords: education
Issue Date: 2008
Series/Report no.: 1
Abstract: Gender has come to be inextricably linked to education and development since the 1990 Education for All (EFA) conference in Jomtiem, Thailand. More than that gender, as a result of international agreements such as EFA and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), has been restricted to a particular focus on girls. Pursuing policies relating to girls’ education has become both a requirement for aid and a symbol of modernity and progress. However, post-2000 countries in several regions have witnessed a decrease in the enrolment and achievement of boys, which so far has elicited little international concern. This paper examines the effect of global targets, with respect to girls’ education, in Central Asia and the Middle East, regions which have achieved gender parity, but have been unable to look beyond girls in the quest for gender equality in education. Grounded in globalization theories the paper finds that global discourses have limited the definition of gender to girls while allowing boys to slip through the policy net. Future research is recommended to examine possible transformations of gender, education and development policies in order to address the needs of both boys and girls.
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