Poverty, inadequate school infrastructure and distance from schools are factors that limit access to education for most children. However, in situations where all children face such barriers, more boys than girls go to school. What are the reasons for this disparity? What barriers keep girls away from school? Are there factors that enable them to attend school? To find the answers, Karnataka Health Promotion Trust (KHPT) conducted 55 in-depth interviews with adolescent girls in and out of school, their families and teachers and members of School Development Management Committees in Bagalkot and Bijapur Districts in northern Karnataka. This update gives a summary of what the exploratory study found out and why this information is important.
This research is supported by the Department for International Development’s STRIVE Programme which is led by London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)
Pillai, P. Barriers and Enablers to Education: A qualitative exploration of factors among communities in northern Karnataka. STRIVE/KHPT, (2015) 4 pp.