This panel will analyse the multiple influences of transnational migration on education in Africa. We invite papers which address migration as an aspiration or experience which shapes education trajectories, and migrants as decision-makers and funders of education.
This panel will analyse the multiple influences of transnational migration on education in Africa. Papers are invited to speak to (and challenge) the conference focus on urban and rural relationships, by considering the ways that dynamics in both settings can only be understood with reference to complex transnational influences. Participants are invited to address the panel theme in 4 ways: a) transnational migration as an aspiration which shapes education preference and trajectories; b) impact of transnational family life and child-rearing practices on children's educational experiences; c) influence of migrants and growing diaspora communities on educational strategies (for instance, how migrants shape the trajectories of family members back home, whether through advice or sending remittances); and d) transnational migrants as funders of or investors of education. Questions to ask include: how does a transnational perspective enhance our understanding of education in Africa? In what ways do these insights suggest inadequacies in current methodological or theoretical approaches to education on the continent? What are the implications for policy? Through this focus, the panel aims to enlarge current debates on the 'internationalization' of education, which tends to focus on secular and formal schooling rather than alternative education types, flows of affluent students moving from low to high income countries, and the educational experiences of the 'diaspora' in host countries. Papers may address any type of education (secular, religious, non-formal, etc.) to reflect the diverse and adaptive nature of education in contemporary Africa. They must draw on original empirical data.