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Research Question
by Rahul Kanti Barua - Monday, 20 October 2014, 4:03 PM

Dear Martha,

As you know children age of the SHIKHON Schools are 8 to 10 years, when we are conducting the interview/FGD or other methods with the children, is it necessary or what value we would like to add to get information in the perspective of Gender.

For Example, the research question like 

Why the children dropout from the Schools/institution, are continuing education in SHIKHON schools ?

we can find answer of different perspective from the father and mother or community. But for children, they are all of age between 8 to 12 years. what is your justification of the these children's response in the gender perspective.


With thanks


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Re: Research Question
by PIA Admin - Monday, 20 October 2014, 11:15 PM


Dear Rahul

Thank you for your questions and your search for answers to understanding the gender divide.

I think it is a good idea to do so, while they might not be able to give you a clear response in terms of the gender divide, their responses will indicate as to children why they remain in the Shikhon Schools but drop out of the formal school system.  They can be asked a few leading questions to assess how this relates to the gender divide in continuing their education-boys may be dropping out to work outside their homes and to support their families, while girls get married off. Children of 8-12 are sharp and will give you responses which are not politically correct and lead you in the right direction of how to bring about change in the attitudes and thinking of the   parents and their children.

The process of collecting data is also a good opportunity to initiate a discussion on gender amongst these children and to understand how it impacts on their lives. This will surely change their thinking as well as begin a process of critical thinking and questioning of reality.

Hope this response helps you move ahead in the right direction.

Warm regards




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Re: Research Question
by Rahul Kanti Barua - Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 10:46 AM

Dear Martha,

Thanks very much for your clarity and I liked your way of writing and also way of understand the impact of children lives............

Looking forward to continue with the discussion and work togather with you all.