Unlocking the Potential of Open Learning: A Shared Story of Education with Livelihood as a Force of Change for Mainstreaming Marginalized Women

Mahapatra, Sukanta K
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Gender equality is critical to the development process. The process of globalization may have resulted in new avenues of growth, but due to unequal distribution of its benefits women are subject to discrimination in many facets of social life. While globalization has created space for better jobs and new economic opportunities, it has also resulted negative impacts on women in terms of their influence on personal lives. Women face further marginalization in the informal labour sector or impoverishment through loss of traditional sources of income. But it is essential to innovate and implement different ways and means to reap the benefit from the process of globalization. The paper discusses about how women being deprived of education are benefitted through open schooling system under NIOS. The paper will attempt to draw inferences about impact of these programmes on their life. It also explores how such kind of initiatives can be replicable in other situations // The paper will reflect on the case studies of adolescent girls from Muslim community who were unsuccessful to accomplish their life goals due to lack of education but wider opportunities provided by open schooling system has facilitated in fulfilling their life goals of education with livelihood. While these Muslim Girls are deprived of education being in the vicious circle of values and norms that provide less space for education of women , impoverishment and lack of educational infrastructure, the traditional institution of learning like Maktabs and Madrasas are upgraded and collaborated with NIOS for providing needful vocational education. On the other hand, the collaboration with employment generation programme and NGOs largely facilitate these young women to get access to education with livelihood. The success of Hunar Programme shows that traditional religious values are not limitations rather strengthens opportunities for education when the reforms take place within the institutions and religious capital are linked with Social Capital. But productive collaboration with industries and skill-based education with upgraded curriculum is essential catering to the needs of competitive demands of national and global institutions. // Paper ID: 401

Women and Girls' Education,Globalisation,Gender Mainstreaming,Open and Distance Learning (ODL)