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External Effects on the State and Muslim Parents’ Educational Strategies: Cases from Two Gambian Villages

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In The Gambia, the past few decades have seen a rapid increase in enrolments in Western-style schools, where elements of Koranic teachings were introduced in 1977. On the other hand, Muslim parents in rural areas are often hesitant about enrolling their children in a Western-style school. Such parents prefer to enroll their children in a madrassa, which is a modern type of Islamic school. The objectives of the study are to present views of villagers in two case study villages in The Gambia with regard to the Western-style school and the madrassa. The adopted methods were questionnaires to heads of the household of the two villages, and in-depth interviews with selected heads of households. The findings are interpreted in the educational realities in The Gambia that are affected by external effects on the Gambian state.

Keywords: Mulsim parents; Muslim schools; The Gambia; curriculum; government schools

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Stockholm University

Publication date: January 1, 2005

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