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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Inviting Backchat: How schools and communities in Ghana, Swaziland and Kenya support children to contextualise knowledge and create agency through sexuality education
Author(s): McLaughlin, Colleen
Swartz, Sharlene
Cobbett, Mary
Kiragu, Susan
Keywords: Consulting pupils
Children's agency
Competent communities
Schools in communities
Issue Date: Mar-2015
Citation: McLaughlin C, Swartz S, Cobbett M & Kiragu S (2015) Inviting Backchat: How schools and communities in Ghana, Swaziland and Kenya support children to contextualise knowledge and create agency through sexuality education. International Journal of Educational Development, 41, pp. 208-216. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijedudev.2014.06.006
Abstract: Education about sex, relationships and HIV and AIDS in African contexts is riddled with socio-cultural complexity. In this paper the authors argue that in extreme contexts education can lead change further by developing young people as significant actors in their own lives and in the lives of the community by bringing about change in attitudes in the community, as well as practices in schools. A qualitative study was undertaken in eight primary schools of the use of student knowledge and voice to change attitudes, impact upon socio cultural beliefs, adult–child dialogue and drive changes in practice in AIDS education. Drawing on a contextual framework that includes a socio-cultural approach to education, Basil Bernstein's well established theories of everyday and school knowledge and Catherine Campbell's notion of AIDS competent communities, it shows how this initiative variably unfolded in six sub-Saharan countries (Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Swaziland and Tanzania – although only the latter three are discussed in detail) and analyses the potential of schools to operate for the benefit of children in difficult circumstances, especially with regard to poverty, gender, sexual violence and health. Participation, dialogue and agency were the key factors.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.ijedudev.2014.06.006
Rights: Accepted refereed manuscript of: McLaughlin C, Swartz S, Cobbett M & Kiragu S (2015) Inviting Backchat: How schools and communities in Ghana, Swaziland and Kenya support children to contextualise knowledge and create agency through sexuality education. International Journal of Educational Development, 41, pp. 208-216. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijedudev.2014.06.006 © 2014, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
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