Date of Award

5-2015

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Dini Metro-Roland

Second Advisor

Dr. Jill Hermann-Wilmarth

Third Advisor

Dr. Paul Farber

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

This study attempts to examine through the lens of social feminist theory the ways in which community involvement may influence girls’ education in Senegal. It highlights the extent to which networking, advocacy, and meaningful interactions between community and school may contribute to improving access, learning conditions, and academic achievements for girls. The paper also provides an analysis of the adverse effects of community involvement on girls’ education in Senegal. It underscores the extent to which patriarchy and class interfere to shape community involvement and undermine girls’ education, in terms of both access and quality. The paper further sketches a combination of Freire’s dialogical approach and Nussbaum’s capabilities approach as a possible direction to take in order to better address Senegalese girls’ education.