Programming Adult Education in a Post-Earthquake Area: Experiences with Adolescent Girls in Kutch, India

By Pragati A. Godbole and Geeta Menon.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This paper reports programming experiences and dilemmas of planning an adult education intervention for vulnerable communities in a disaster situation. Disaster preparedness, poverty alleviation and education are usually considered distinct programs. The status of the seriously disaster-affected, who are also traditionally marginalized groups, is often so critical that immediate issues of health, nutrition and livelihood take precedence. Addressing these issues then seems to be the only way forward for rehabilitation and poverty reduction. Often education and particularly adult education gets overlooked in the process. However, rehabilitation, disaster preparedness and poverty alleviation programs without education cannot aim toward an adequate addressal of the problem because it is only through an education component that a lasting social capital can be built.

Keywords: Adult Education, Emergency Restructuring, Adolescent Girls, Poverty Reduction, Disaster Preparedness

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 9, pp.69-76. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 509.634KB).

Pragati A. Godbole

Doctoral Student, Department of Education Policy Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA

I am a second-year Doctoral student in the Department of Education Policy Studies, at the University of Maryland, College Park. My training has essentially been in field of Psychology but my career and research interests changed during my two-year experience in the Girls' Education Program at CARE-India. My current interests focus on poverty and gender issues in education and sustainable development.

Dr. Geeta Menon

Senior Technical Advisor, Education in Emergencies, Basic and Girls' Education Unit, CARE-USA, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Until recently Dr. Geeta Menon was the Director of Girls' Education Program in CARE India. She has consistently worked on issues of access, quality and equity in education. She has been instrumental in developing and implementing innovative learning options for girls and young women in diverse situations in India. Presently she is working for CARE-USA globally, as the Senior Technical Advisor for Education in Emergencies in the Basic and Girls' Education Unit. Her current area of interest centers on creating learning continuums for women and girls and children in situations of emergency and fragility.


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