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"Including the forgotten jewels": Improving the liberation of the orphan and vulnerable child through guardian involvement in education

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There are numerous studies that have shown that quality education is vital to positively impacting children’s lives. According to UNICEF (2000), quality education addresses children’s health, the safety of the environment in which children learn and live, the subject matter content that provides basic knowledge and skills to the learner, teacher skill and training, learner-centered pedagogies, and relevant education outcomes. Various countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, including Malawi, are implementing strategies to achieve education quality in their primary and secondary schools. However, HIV and AIDS pose a great challenge to achieving education quality, more especially for orphans and vulnerable children. Very little has been documented about the policies/strategies utilized to support the education of the orphan girl child and their guardians – grandmothers in particular – that play a key role in educating the orphan girl child. This paper examines the 5 year Ambassador Girls’ Education project, which is funded by USAID and implemented by the Creative Center for Community Mobilization in Malawi (CRECCOM) in conjunction with Winrock International, in an effort to improve orphan/vulnerable girls’ and boys’ education in Malawi. It analyzes the various strategies that the organization utilized in supporting orphan and vulnerable children’s education. The results indicate that where grandmothers and guardians were brought into activities planned for girls or boys, retention and achievement of the children improved drastically. The paper draws on these findings, case studies, and report reviews to argue that education for grandmothers and guardians is a liberating factor for the orphan and vulnerable children.

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HIV/AIDS, vulnerability
Convention
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Kaunda, Zikani. ""Including the forgotten jewels": Improving the liberation of the orphan and vulnerable child through guardian involvement in education" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p486471_index.html>

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Kaunda, Z. H. ""Including the forgotten jewels": Improving the liberation of the orphan and vulnerable child through guardian involvement in education" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p486471_index.html

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Abstract: There are numerous studies that have shown that quality education is vital to positively impacting children’s lives. According to UNICEF (2000), quality education addresses children’s health, the safety of the environment in which children learn and live, the subject matter content that provides basic knowledge and skills to the learner, teacher skill and training, learner-centered pedagogies, and relevant education outcomes. Various countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, including Malawi, are implementing strategies to achieve education quality in their primary and secondary schools. However, HIV and AIDS pose a great challenge to achieving education quality, more especially for orphans and vulnerable children. Very little has been documented about the policies/strategies utilized to support the education of the orphan girl child and their guardians – grandmothers in particular – that play a key role in educating the orphan girl child. This paper examines the 5 year Ambassador Girls’ Education project, which is funded by USAID and implemented by the Creative Center for Community Mobilization in Malawi (CRECCOM) in conjunction with Winrock International, in an effort to improve orphan/vulnerable girls’ and boys’ education in Malawi. It analyzes the various strategies that the organization utilized in supporting orphan and vulnerable children’s education. The results indicate that where grandmothers and guardians were brought into activities planned for girls or boys, retention and achievement of the children improved drastically. The paper draws on these findings, case studies, and report reviews to argue that education for grandmothers and guardians is a liberating factor for the orphan and vulnerable children.


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