Including the Marginalized: the Case of Children of Migrants and Education in Ghana


Dr. Daniel Kyereko

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More than half of the thirty (30) million children who might never enrol in school can be found in sub-Saharan Africa (UNESCO, 2015). The 2010 Education For All (EFA) global monitoring report identified marginalization as a major factor that will prevent most countries from achieving the universal primary education target with children of migrants most affected (UNESCO, 2010). Despite the concerted efforts on the international scene to increase educational opportunities for migrants, a third of all international migrants above age fifteen (15) have limited education.  The Incheon declaration that set the agenda for post-2015 educational goals identify migrants as a vulnerable and marginalized group that need  to be given equal opportunities in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) (UNESCO, 2015).   That notwithstanding, in Afica, and Ghana, much of the work on education for marginalized groups pay little or no attention to children of migrants (Dyer 2006); Kratli & Dyer 2009 Bardley 2000; Strutt and Thembela 2010) This thesis centrally seeks to explore how included or marginalized children of economic migrants are in Ghana’s educational system.