Girls' School Education in Nepal- A Conundrum

Girls' School Education in Nepal- A Conundrum

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Book Specification

Item Code: AZG918
Author: Subarna L. Malla Singh
Publisher: Vajra Books, Nepal
Language: ENGLISH
Edition: 2018
ISBN: 9789937623933
Pages: 268
Other Details 8.50x5.50 inch
Weight 310 gm

Book Description

About the Book
This study aims to deepen a collective understanding of critical issues that plague girls' education in Nepal. It is meticulously researched, well presented and thought provoking. The study finds that gender parity in education has not improved the trajectory of progression toward gender equity and equality.

A bonus in the book is a thorough account of the life situation of Nepali girl children. This book is bound to lead to soul searching by policy makers, international and national organizations, educationists and WID experts, among others. It is a must-read for those invested in speeding economic development and in empowering Nepali girls.

About the Author
Subarna L. Malla Singh is a Ph.D. in Economics from the Victoria University of Manchester, UK. She also earned a post-graduate Diploma in Advanced Economic Development (with Distinction) from the same University.

After graduation, she taught Economics for many years to undergraduates and postgraduate students at the University of Khartoum, Sudan. She has worked as an independent consultant to top notch international agencies, various Nepali Government Ministries and national and international research organizations. She is a Nepali citizen and is a resident in the USA.

This study, based on secondary data, is as much about girls' school education in Nepal as it is about essence of the school education system and life situation of Nepali girl children. An analytical assessment of trends in girls' school education is undertaken against the background of the school education system as the former cannot be carried out in vacuum. In addition, this study factors in the impact of Nepali girls' life situation on their quotidian experience in school and classroom.

It is at the same time cognizant of the fact that Nepali girls are not a homogeneous group. There are young girls and adolescent girls, rich and poor girls, girls in urban and rural areas, in different ecological and development regions, and girls in different caste and ethnic groups. Their life situation and experience in school and classroom cannot be identical as they are inevitably influenced by their geographical location, economic and ethnic status, among others. But a common thread runs through the lives of all these girls. All of them are born and bred in a gender-discriminatory environment, and each and every one's life is brushed and tarred by it. Their life trajectory, options, and opportunities are almost preordained by their gender role which emanates from the patriarchal norms, beliefs and attitudes. The consequent low socio-economic and legal status of girls spill over in their positioning in the school system and in the covert and overt treatment that is meted out to them in school which, in effect, is a gendered institution. The historically disadvantaged life-situation of Nepali girls is rarely factored in the school environment and pedagogy which unwittingly reinforce and perpetuate the uneven playing field of girls.

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