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Description: Join us for the Diversity in STEM as we discuss Education for All: Through the Eyes of those Out-of-School in Rural Sierra Leone with Dr. Grace Pai.
More Info: As schooling becomes a socio-cultural norm across the world, how do out-of-school children and their parents perceive and experience the notion of education for all? Using data from 101 qualitative interviews with out-of-school children, their parents and local leaders in three villages of rural Sierra Leone, this paper shows that an unintended consequence of universalizing education has been the silent "problematization" of the act of not going to school, along with the stigmatization of those who are out of school. For instance, children who formerly worked and played with their peers on equal grounds are suddenly aware of their social and cognitive deficiencies. Children who are not in school are often seen by parents, leaders and even the children themselves as "idlers" and "thieves" who are not "useful" to the community. Ultimately, this paper argues that the notion of a democratic "education for all" can overlay a new divisive form of identity, educational identity paradoxically creating new social inequalities that contradict the intended effect of a universal education policy.

This is a free event light refreshments will be served.
Date: 10/29/2019
Time: 5:00pm
Location: SUNY Empire State College
325 Hudson St., Fifth Floor
New York, NY 10013-1005
Cost: $free
Contact Name: Kevin Woo
Contact Phone: 646-230-1262
Contact E-mail: kevin.woo@esc.edu


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