Buddhism as a Vehicle for Girls’ Safety and Education in Thailand

Monica Lindberg Falk

in Little Buddhas

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199860265
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979929 | DOI:

Series: AAR Religion, Culture, and History

Buddhism as a Vehicle for Girls’ Safety and Education in Thailand

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This chapter focuses on girls who study at a Buddhist samnak chii (female Buddhist “temple”) in Thailand. The Thai education system has recently been reformed and today free basic education with free twelve years of schooling is provided to all Thai boys and girls. The reform has decreased the gender gap in education that previously favored boys’ education over girls’. However, the education reform has made other disparities more visible, such as economic inequality and lack of educational services for the poor. The Dhammajarinee School (Buddhist school for girls) in central Thailand has brought services to poor communities, and to girls in those communities in particular. This chapter investigates the makeup of the student bodies at these schools, why the children have chosen to study there, and how teaching, living, and learning at the Buddhist school are experienced by the schoolgirls and their teachers.

Keywords: education; gender; safety; buddhist nuns; buddhist nunnery; Thailand; poverty; anthropology; minority groups; Dhammajarinee school

Chapter.  11722 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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