Children begging for Qur’ānic school masters: evidence from West and Central Africa

Thorsen, Dorte (2012) Children begging for Qur’ānic school masters: evidence from West and Central Africa. Discussion Paper. UNICEF WCAR, Dakar.

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This briefing paper focuses on children in Sahelian countries, who are enrolled in Qur’ānic schools and beg as part of their education. In the region, Islamic education predates colonization and the establishment of mission and secular state schools. Ideologies about religion, politics and education have shaped how Qur’ānic schools have transformed and proliferated over time and have resulted in a wide variety of schools today. The specific focus in this paper on Talibés who beg provides a partial picture of religious education in Qur’ānic schools. Based on the review of a broad range of literature – spanning from newspaper articles, to reports of commissioned research, to Master and Doctoral theses, to peer reviewed academic publications – this briefing paper aims to unpack why children become Talibés and the conditions in which they live, including the time spent begging. The paper also raises a number of issues that need further investigation.

Item Type: Reports and working papers (Discussion Paper)
Keywords: West Africa, Central Africa, development studies, education, child migration, begging, child protection
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
H Social Sciences
L Education
Depositing User: Dorte Thorsen
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2012 07:38
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2012 07:38

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