The challenging terrains of educating girls in Papua New Guinea

Dovona-Ope, Dinah R. (2008) The challenging terrains of educating girls in Papua New Guinea. In: Troubling terrains: tactics for traversing and transforming contemporary educational research. Post Pressed, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 89-106. ISBN 9781921214318


Girls in many developing countries such as Papua New Guinea (PNG) continue to be confronted with challenging issues that hinder their pursuit of advancement. Despite the existence of educational policy frameworks which embrace the national constitution's call for the equality of all citizens and the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child specifically highlighting the rights of the child to education, many girls at secondary level continue to traverse challenging terrains in realising their dreams of achieving a full two cycles of secondary education. Although many of them belong to an elite group of school aged girls, their under-representation is obvious as they progress through the grades. Their representation declines sharply over progressive grades in secondary schools, particularly from
Grades 10 to 11. A number of issues in PNG's National Education System (NES) continues to hinder opportunities for female students to complete a full two cycles of secondary education. With these issues in mind, this chapter presents a critical reflection on these factors within the context of PNG's existing policy frameworks. The critical reflection is interspersed with personal
reflections by the author on her experiences in successfully overcoming these challenging educational terrains.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2009 05:37
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2016 02:59
Uncontrolled Keywords: Papua New Guinea; education; secondary education; girls
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130106 Secondary Education
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3902 Education policy, sociology and philosophy > 390203 Sociology of education
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390406 Gender, sexuality and education
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390306 Secondary education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939904 Gender Aspects of Education

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