Evaluating the provision of flexible learning for children at risk of primary school dropout in Malawi

Jukes, Matthew C. H., Jere, Catherine M. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7934-3951 and Pridmore, Pat (2014) Evaluating the provision of flexible learning for children at risk of primary school dropout in Malawi. International Journal of Educational Development, 39. pp. 181-192. ISSN 0738-0593

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Abstract

Communities in Malawi selected 15 children deemed "at-risk" - predominantly orphans - in Class 6 of each of 20 intervention schools to receive learning materials, support from the community and a school "buddy." An experimental evaluation found that dropout was reduced by 45% across intervention schools compared to 20 control schools. The program had spillover effects, indirectly reducing dropout among older pupils in the class not deemed at-risk. These findings imply that age, and not orphanhood, was the main indicator of dropout risk and that when targeting criteria are considered carefully, flexible learning programs can reduce dropout substantially among vulnerable children. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: hiv and aids,africa,dropout,vulnerability,flexible learning,orphanhood,sub-saharan africa,vulnerable children,education,aids,aids,orphans,support,health,impact,care,sdg 3 - good health and well-being ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/good_health_and_well_being
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2016 11:00
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2022 01:43
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/56719
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijedudev.2014.07.006

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