Fibian Kavulani Lukalo

Campbell Resident Scholar


Mothering, Poverty, and Educational Decisions for Daughters in Kenya

Interviewed by Flannery Davis with videography and video editing by Jason S. Ordaz
Fibian Kavulani LukaloFibian Kavulani Lukalo2012–2013 Campbell Resident Scholar, photograph by Jason S. OrdazFibian Kavulani Lukalo2012–2013 Campbell Resident Scholar, photograph by Jason S. Ordaz

This project focuses on the relationship between mothering practices and the schooling of girls in poor rural communities in Kenya. Poverty is central to the educational decisions arrived at for girls by their mothers and key to the socialization process and decision-making “space” that mothers tap into. The ripple effects of this complex socio-cultural environment—in which educational decisions for girls challenge, interrupt, mediate, transform, and reproduce gender inequity in schools—is explored.

The research aims to open up new perspectives on gender, mothers’ voices, and decision-making. Furthermore, it develops a typology that combines the role of poverty, mothering daughters, and schooling decisions. The typology provides a frame of reference that combines gender and mothering dynamics as influential to gender inequity in schools. The goal of the project is to develop new perspectives on current educational policy in Kenya and issues central to recent work on African feminism, gender inequity, and educational practice. 

Affiliation at time of award:
Senior Lecturer, Department of Communication and Media Studies, School of Human Resource Development, Moi University

Sponsored by Vera R. Campbell Foundation

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