Overcoming adversity for marginalised adolescent girls in Zimbabwe

Chamberlain, Liz; Buckler, Alison; Worwood, Kelly; Chigodora, Obert; Chishava, Charlotte and Hedges, Claire (2023). Overcoming adversity for marginalised adolescent girls in Zimbabwe. In: Holliman, Andrew and Sheehy, Kieron eds. Overcoming Adversity in Education. London: Taylor and Francis, pp. 223–233.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003180029-9


Globally, girls are less likely to attend school than boys; over 132 million girls are out of school, and most of them are in the world’s poorest countries (United Nations Children’s Fund, 2020). In Zimbabwe, over 20% of secondary school-age girls are not attending school due to a number of complex and independent barriers, including gender, age, religion, economic status, and ethnicity. Drawing on girls’ own testimony, this chapter seeks to share and amplify their voices and experiences as they access an informal, community-based education programme and the difference learning can make in their everyday lives.

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