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COVID-19 and Girls’ Education in Kenya and Beyond

February 10 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

header image with an image of a group of students sitting outside  of a school under a tree in Dadaab. Includes date of the talk; Wednesday, February 10, 2021; time of the talk: 9:30AM EDT; title of the talk: COVID-19 and Girls' Education in Kenya and Beyond, and the names of all of the speakers: Sharareh Kashi (York University), Rachel Silver (York University), Alyssa Morley (Michigan State University), Pricilla Ndegwa (Kenyatta University), Dahabo Abdi Ibrahim (BHER), Joswph Mutua (Kenya Equity in Education Project), and moderator Hanan Duri (York University)

Since March 2020, experts have decried the threat that COVID-19 poses to girls’ education around the globe. According to the Malala Fund, 20 million adolescent girls may never return to school after lockdowns, including up to half of refugee girls in secondary school (2020). The United Nations estimates that the pandemic could result in seven million unintended pregnancies (UN, 2020). These statements reflect anxiety that the coronavirus will exacerbate girls’ vulnerabilities and imperil decades of progress toward gender equitable education.

In this session, panelists in Kenya, Canada, and the US will consider:
1) the gendered construction of risk in international and national discourses on COVID-19 and education; 2) the lived experiences of young women as they navigate schooling amidst a pandemic in Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camps; and
3) the possibilities for interventions to mitigate the full range of challenges facing girls who seek to return to—and stay in—school.

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This talk is a part of the Reciprocal Learning in Times of Crisis monthly colloquium series on the intersections of refugee education, anti-Black racism, and COVID-19 in Canada and East Africa. The series is presented by York University’s Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) Project, Faculty of Education, and Centre for Refugee Studies.

Visit the event series website for a full listing of upcoming talks and to view videos of past talks.