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The Right to Education of Children and Young People Living with Podoconiosis: the Case study in Wolaita Zone, Southern Ethiopia

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dc.contributor.advisor Dawit, Benyam(PhD)
dc.contributor.author Meskele, Enguday
dc.date.accessioned 2019-01-23T12:44:20Z
dc.date.available 2019-01-23T12:44:20Z
dc.date.issued 2015-04
dc.identifier.uri http://localhost:80/xmlui/handle/123456789/15984
dc.description.abstract Ethiopia has a largest number of podoconiosis patients who are suffering from enormous socioeconomic burden of the disease. Despite this fact, the issue of education of children and young people living with the disease has given little attention. Stigma and discrimination toward the patients coupled with disease related complications has denied many patients enjoyment of the right to education. This paper dedicated to assess realization of the right to education of children and young people living with podoconiosis in Wolaita Zone. To this end, cross-sectional qualitative study is employed to assess implementation of international and national commitments pertinent to the right to education of children and young people living with podoconiosis. In-depth interview, key informant interview and focus group discussions were employed as data gathering tools. The primary source of data were children and young people living with podoconiosis, school directors, parents or guardians of children and young patients, concerned government body and NGOs. A total of 107 participants of the study were selected using purposive and convenient sampling techniques. Secondary source of data are government policy and legal documents, and annual reports regarding education rights. Finally, qualitative data collected, interpreted and analyzed. The core findings of the study are; the study finds out that disease related illness and complications are the cause of absenteeism, poor educational performance, repetition and complete drop-out of school among students with the disease. In disease endemic areas of Wolaita Zone, schools are not available, accessible, acceptable and adaptable to school-age children and young people living with the disease. Apart from this, the study disclosed that misconception about the disease among the school community, widespread stigma and discrimination against patients; unfavorable school environment and financial constraints are the major barriers to the enjoyment of the right to education by children and young people living with podoconiosis. These led to the conclusion that, though there are favorable policy and legal environment, it is far from being realized for children and young people living with podoconiosis. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Addis Ababa University en_US
dc.subject The Right to Health, Podoconiosis, Human Rights Instruments, Realization en_US
dc.title The Right to Education of Children and Young People Living with Podoconiosis: the Case study in Wolaita Zone, Southern Ethiopia en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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