The influence of migration on the educational aspirations of young men in northern Senegal: Implications for policy
International Journal of Educational Development Volume 65, Number 1, ISSN 0738-0593 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Ethnographic data from northern Senegal show that many young men expect to succeed through manual work overseas, and doubt the economic utility of school diplomas, leading to minimal investment in secondary schooling. Popular alternatives are Islamic education, and learning to trade with the possibility of migrating afterwards. Youth who invest in diplomas, and aspire to formal employment in Senegal, tend to be from lower castes lacking migration networks and capital. These findings contradict several assumptions about the relationships between education and particularly irregular migration within Senegal’s migration policies, demonstrating that policy-makers should pay more attention to youth’s perspectives and agency.
Newman, A. (2019). The influence of migration on the educational aspirations of young men in northern Senegal: Implications for policy. International Journal of Educational Development, 65(1), 216-226. Elsevier Ltd.