Education is central to the reduction of poverty and to full participation in political life. However, pastoralists are falling behind in education and the acquisition of skills needed in the modern world, with girls especially vulnerable. There are specific challenges to pastoralists’ participation in education, mainly associated with mobility and remoteness.
If low pastoralist enrolment and high drop-out rates continue, countries with significant pastoralist populations will not reach the Millennium Development Goals, national economic development will be slowed, rural economic diversification will be impeded, and political unrest will grow.
This briefing was based on a series of 8 Pastoralism Information Notes produced under the overall supervision of John Morton of the Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich. Each briefing presents the context, policy implications, ways forward and evidence of change.
WRENmedia. Pastoralism: Progressing Policies that favour Pastoralists. 6. Education. WRENmedia, Eye, UK (2011) 2 pp.