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Type Journal Article
Title Is poverty a determinant of educational attainment? Perspectives from Africa
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Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2011
Page numbers 3834-3848
URL http://higherlogicdownload.s3.amazonaws.com/AMSTAT/ea9d01bf-dbfe-46f6-a681-fd7890cf1357/UploadedImag​es/JSM_2011_Adegboye_Kotze.pdf
Abstract
Access to education particularly in the developing countries has been discouraging. The Jomtien 1990 declaration of the World Conference on Education for all stipulates that every person (child, youth and adult) shall be able to benefit from educational opportunities designed to meet their basic needs. It stipulated that by 2015, the time set for Millennium Development Goals (MDG), all children must have access to and should be able to complete primary school. Many have described income and education as the fundamental determinant of health and as indicators for socio-economic status. Schooling improves empowerment, productivity, health, and reduces negative features of life such as child labor. Many researches has been carried out on the association between income inequalities and population health and much of this work reported that rich and educated people live longer and suffers less mortality. This study analyses several MDG indicator variables related to education and poverty in Africa from Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS). Data from thirty-six African countries were explored, geographical heterogeneity of the countries will be discussed and an in-depth analysis of a case study of Namibia from 1992-2006 were carried out.

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