Exploring the Linkages between Children's Independent Migration and Education: Evidence from Ghana.
Author(s): I. Hashim
Migrating for education is an under-researched area in the literature on children's independent migration; moreover, it is frequently assumed that migration undermines children's educational opportunities. However, what little research has been done suggests that the link between children's migration and education is very context-specific. In this paper the linkages between children's independent migration and their education (formal, informal and non-formal), is explored in a specific context by drawing on interviews with young migrants who have moved from rural farming households in northern Ghana to rural and urban households in central and southern Ghana. In contrast to the positive light in which education is usually presented, the paper paints a more nuanced and complex picture, and highlights both positive and negative aspects of the linkages between child migration and education.