The Life and Hard Times of the School Migrant

Lesley A. Sharp

in The Sacrificed Generation

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2002 | ISBN: 9780520229501
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520935884 | DOI:
The Life and Hard Times of the School Migrant

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This chapter provides portraits of the daily experiences of Ambanja's school-age youth and contrasts the realities of their lives with assumptions about them. It focuses on school migrants, especially those of rural origin. It examines the difficulties they experience in their daily lives and presents comparative data from the lives of town-based peers. Based on the findings of the study, the professional aspirations of the students are no more than idealized and unattainable dreams. This chapter notes that it is the quality of coastal schooling, along with relevant financial constraints, that seem to prevent any possibility these students have of attending university.

Keywords: daily experiences; school migrants; professional aspirations; coastal schooling; financial constraints

Chapter.  19122 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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