Education : South Asia

Iyer, Radha (2000) Education : South Asia. In Kramarae, C. & Spender, D. (Eds.) Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women : Global Women’s Issues and Knowledge. Routledge, New York, pp. 523-525.

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South Asia, a source of great literary and literacy traditions and a generator of great philosophies, also contains a large percentage of illiterate people, the majority of them women. South Asia includes India, Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Burma and Afghanistan. The progress of these countries is dependent on female literacy because health, hygiene, and nutrition problems can be partly overcome through educating women. “Illiteracy is closely related to underdevelopment and poverty, and the elimination of illiteracy represents an essential condition for the development and well-being of peoples and nations" (UNESCO PROAP, 1989: II ). In South Asia, women constitute nearly two- thirds of illiterate adults. There is an inherent contradiction in the region between modern amenities, modern educational systems, and advanced communication systems, on the one hand, and the high level of illiteracy and significant backwardness, on the other.

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ID Code: 60034
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: Four volumes: v. 1. Ability to Education: globalization -- v. 2. Education: Health to Hypertension -- v. 3. Identity politics to publishing -- v. 4. Quakers to Zionism. Index.
Keywords: South Asia, Women, Literacy
ISBN: 9780415920889
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Continuing and Community Education (130101)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2000 Routledge
Deposited On: 22 May 2014 22:11
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2015 05:23

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