Evaluating the provision of flexible learning for children at risk of primary school dropout in Malawi

Matthew C. H. Jukes, Catherine M. Jere, Pat Pridmore

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

4 Citations (Scopus)
9 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

Communities in Malawi selected 15 children deemed "at-risk" - predominantly orphans - in Class 6 of each of 20 intervention schools to receive learning materials, support from the community and a school "buddy." An experimental evaluation found that dropout was reduced by 45% across intervention schools compared to 20 control schools. The program had spillover effects, indirectly reducing dropout among older pupils in the class not deemed at-risk. These findings imply that age, and not orphanhood, was the main indicator of dropout risk and that when targeting criteria are considered carefully, flexible learning programs can reduce dropout substantially among vulnerable children. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-192
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Development
Volume39
Early online date2 Aug 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014

Keywords

  • HIV and AIDS
  • Africa
  • Dropout
  • Vulnerability
  • Flexible learning
  • Orphanhood
  • SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
  • VULNERABLE CHILDREN
  • EDUCATION
  • AIDS
  • HIV/AIDS
  • ORPHANS
  • SUPPORT
  • HEALTH
  • IMPACT
  • CARE

Cite this