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Achieving Gender Equality in Education in Sub-Saharan Africa: Progress and Challenges in Moving from the MDGs to the SDGs

Sandrine A. Koissy-Kpein
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Sandrine A. Koissy-Kpein: United Nations

Chapter Chapter 9 in Women and Sustainable Human Development, 2020, pp 143-164 from Palgrave Macmillan

Abstract: Abstract Achieving gender equality in education is an important goal for a development agenda. Despite major progress, notably with regard to basic education, equal access to education, for all and at all levels, remains a huge challenge facing sub-Saharan African countries. Based on a systematic review, this chapter examines the current state of knowledge regarding gender inequalities in education in the region since the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals. The review shows how achieving parity is challenging for countries because the schooling gap between boys and girls results from broader gender inequalities in the family and the communities at school and in society. The chapter argues the need to consider and implement important transformative actions for gender equality at large to achieve inclusive and equitable quality education for all.

Keywords: Gender; Education; Sub-Saharan Africa (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I25 J16 O15 O55 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-14935-2_9

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