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“No disabled can go here…”: how education affects disability and poverty in Malawi

Stine Hellum Braathen and Mitch E. Loeb

in Disability and poverty

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9781847428851
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302063 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847428851.003.0005
“No disabled can go here…”: how education affects disability and poverty in Malawi

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One of the main predictors of poverty becomes the level of and access to education. It is generally believed that having an education can lift individuals and their families out of poverty, while the lack of an education merely entrenches the individual in a perpetual state of poverty. This chapter focuses specifically on the challenges and obstacles faced by people with disabilities in Malawi in obtaining an education. It draws on the results from three studies conducted there on topics of living conditions for people with disabilities. The first study was a quantitative national representative survey of living conditions among people with activity limitations. The second study was a qualitative study concerning albinism. The third study focused on living conditions for women with disabilities.

Keywords: poverty alleviation; Malawi; living conditions; albinism; disabled women

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Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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