Children’s Schooling and the Pathways of Mothering

Fibian Kavulani Lukalo, Senior Lecturer, Department of Communication and Media Studies, School of Human Resource Development, Moi University, and Campbell Resident Scholar, SAR

Colloquium, SAR Boardroom

Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free

Schooling Mothers: Gendered Memories and Reflections of the SelfSchooling Mothers: Gendered Memories and Reflections of the SelfColloquium by Fibian Kuvalani Lukalo, October 24, 2012, photograph by Jason S. OrdazSchooling Mothers: Gendered Memories and Reflections of the SelfColloquium by Fibian Kuvalani Lukalo, October 24, 2012, photograph by Jason S. Ordaz

While certain Babukusu (local Kenyan) cultural norms position mothers as peripheral, mothers can exercise considerable agency and skill in contesting authority and enacting their role as family decision-makers. In order to understand mothers’ decisions regarding their children’s schooling, it is important to examine mothers’ personal experiences with schooling. In this presentation, Lukalo discusses findings of a life history study on factors that affected the education of mothers living in rural Kenya. She gives a detailed account of the lives of a few mothers and discusses how they perceived their role as family decision-makers.

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