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Title: A good education? : the value of formal education in the lives of Muslim women in Ghana
Author: Mahama, Katumi
ISNI:       0000 0004 2702 5304
Awarding Body: The University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2009
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The uptake of formal education has been comparatively low for Ghanaian Muslim women and girls since the inception of formal education in Ghana. Consequently, few Muslim women in Ghana occupy key administrative and political positions because they lack formal qualifications which are acquired through formal education. The Ghanaian Government is working towards the achievement of universal primary education and the promotion of gender equality by 2015 as a means to improving the situation of Ghanaian women. This research investigates Ghanaian Muslim women's experiences and perceptions of formal education and the links between their levels of education and their participation in paid employment and local and national decision-making. It applies multi-method approaches based on a framework of Islamic feminism and social justice. Fifty-four Muslim women selected from three districts of the Eastern Region of Ghana participated in the study. Data were collected through semIstructured individual and group interviews and from observations in the field. Findings from the study reveal that perceived poor quality and lack of relevance of formal education on offer, the effect of commitment to social networks, hegemonic structures, fear of cultural shifts resulting from colonial influence, and lack of female-friendly school environments constituted barriers to Muslim women's education. Other findings suggest that poverty, gender inequality, and unresponsive administrative, political and educational structures impact on Ghanaian Muslim (and other) women's educational opportunities. The implications of the findings are discussed in relation to structures and opportunities for education and participation in decision-making at local-government and national levels. The study argues for the importance of addressing these issues if Muslim female participation in formal education is to increase. This, in tum, may enhance women's capacity and willingness to take up key administrative and political responsibilities, improve Muslim women's status and promote social justice in Ghana.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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