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Title: Secondary schooling and rural youth transitions in Lesotho and Zimbabwe
Authors: Ansell, N
Keywords: geography;school;youth transitions;Africa
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: Sage
Citation: Youth and Society 36(2) 183-202
Abstract: Based on case studies centred on two rural secondary schools in Lesotho and Zimbabwe, this paper examines the gendered impacts of schooling on young people’s transitions to adulthood. School attendance is shown, first, to disrupt the conventional pathways to adulthood: young people attending school may leave home sooner than they otherwise would, and take responsibility for their day-to-day survival, while marriage and childbearing are often delayed. More significantly, secondary schooling reflects, and contributes to, a growing sense that adulthood itself is not fixed. An alternative version of adulthood is promoted through schools in which formal sector employment is central. Yet while young people are encouraged to opt for, and work towards, this goal, only a minority are able to obtain paid employment. The apparent possibility of determining one’s own lifecourse serves to cast the majority of young people as failures in their transitions to adulthood.
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Dept of Education Research Papers

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