The challenging terrains of educating girls in Papua New Guinea

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Dovona-Ope, Dinah R.. 2008. "The challenging terrains of educating girls in Papua New Guinea." Henderson, Robyn and Danaher, Patrick Alan (ed.) Troubling terrains: tactics for traversing and transforming contemporary educational research. Brisbane, Australia. Post Pressed. pp. 89-106
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The challenging terrains of educating girls in Papua New Guinea

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID2978
Book TitleTroubling terrains: tactics for traversing and transforming contemporary educational research
Authors
AuthorDovona-Ope, Dinah R.
EditorsHenderson, Robyn and Danaher, Patrick Alan
Page Range89-106
Chapter Number7
Number of Pages18
Year2008
PublisherPost Pressed
Place of PublicationBrisbane, Australia
ISBN9781921214318
Web Address (URL)http://www.postpressed.com.au
Abstract

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.

KeywordsPapua New Guinea; education; secondary education; girls
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390203. Sociology of education
390406. Gender, sexuality and education
390306. Secondary education
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