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Master of Social Work (MSW)
Reaching the second Millennium Development Goal may not be achievable by the 2015 deadline for either Botswana or Malawi, but both countries have made great strides towards this goal. An analysis, using Gil's framework (1973), of their respective educational policies reveals the successes and challenges faced by each country in this area. The analysis indicates that HIV/AIDS does impact the country's ability to achieve universal primary education; however, it is not the only issue of concern. The policy analysis also shows the incredible complexity of the issues that are encountered in education such as concerns about suitable and accessible infrastructure, the provision of quality education that is relevant to national goals and regional realities, teacher training and attrition rates, financial concerns and donor expectations. This project concludes by investigating some emerging issues of the provision of primary education, such as policy development, statistical reliability, and the role of international donors as well as drawing the connection between this policy analysis and the profession of social work.
Johnson, Tricia R., "No Magic Bullet Here: An Analysis of the Impact of HIV/AIDS on Primary Education in Botswana and Malawi" (2007). Open Access Dissertations and Theses. Paper 4867.
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