Education And Democracy In Senegal

Hardcover | April 15, 2011

byMichelle T. Kuenzi

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This book examines the role of nonformal education (NFE) in African languages in promoting democracy in Senegal. Using data from a survey of rural Senegalese citizens, this is the first study to empirically test the effects of NFE on political participation and attitudes. The results indicate that NFE stimulates community and political participation and appears to have a stronger effect on participation than formal education.  Both NFE and formal education increase the likelihood that people will embrace democratic, tolerant attitudes. Thus, NFE could be a potent force in the promotion of civic orientations in the emerging democracies.

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This book examines the role of nonformal education (NFE) in African languages in promoting democracy in Senegal. Using data from a survey of rural Senegalese citizens, this is the first study to empirically test the effects of NFE on political participation and attitudes. The results indicate that NFE stimulates community and political...

Michele Kuenzi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She specializes in the area of African politics and her research has focused on political development in Africa. She has published articles on public opinion and political behavior in Senegal in journals such as Poli...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:204 pages, 8.68 × 5.67 × 0.68 inPublished:April 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023062233X

ISBN - 13:9780230622333

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Table of Contents

Introduction * History of the Senegalese Political System * History of the Senegalese Educational System * Survey Methods and Sample * In the Words of the NFE Participants * Initial Survey Results * Multivariate Results * Implications and Conclusions

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“We have long known from research in rich countries that education promotes democratic citizenship. This valuable study shows how informal literacy training plays a similar role in a poor country, surpassing even the impacts of formal schooling, especially among women. Strongly recommended for social scientists, educationist and development practitioners alike.”—Michael Bratton, University Distinguished Professor of Political Science and African Studies, Michigan State University