Growing Up in Kenya

Rural Schooling and Girls

by Ann Mungai (Author)
Textbook 114 Pages
Series: Rethinking Childhood, Volume 21


Growing Up in Kenya: Rural Schooling and Girls reveals the clash between the traditional values and roles of women and the school culture and expectations. Traditionally, women were brought up to value the roles of wife, mother, and cultivator. This book shows the struggle rural girls experience as they try to fit into these traditional roles while meeting the expectations of the school curriculum. Although education is central to a woman’s status, because it affects every other aspect of her life, studies indicate that parents have lower occupational aspirations for their daughters than for their sons. This is true for higher socio-economic groups as well as when the daughters’ academic performance is superior to that of the sons’.


ISBN (Book)
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., Oxford, Wien, 2002. 114 pp.

Biographical notes

Ann Mungai (Author)

The Author: Anne M. Mungai is Assistant Professor in the School of Education in the Department of Special Education at Adelphi University, New York. She is an educational consultant on professional development, gender, and special education, especially inclusion issues.


Title: Growing Up in Kenya