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The Sacrificed GenerationYouth, History, and the Colonized Mind in Madagascar$
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Lesley Sharp

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520229501

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520229501.001.0001

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The Life and Hard Times of the School Migrant

The Life and Hard Times of the School Migrant

(p.114) Chapter 3 The Life and Hard Times of the School Migrant
The Sacrificed Generation

Lesley A. Sharp

University of California Press

This chapter provides portraits of the daily experiences of Ambanja's school-age youth and contrasts the realities of their lives with assumptions about them. It focuses on school migrants, especially those of rural origin. It examines the difficulties they experience in their daily lives and presents comparative data from the lives of town-based peers. Based on the findings of the study, the professional aspirations of the students are no more than idealized and unattainable dreams. This chapter notes that it is the quality of coastal schooling, along with relevant financial constraints, that seem to prevent any possibility these students have of attending university.

Keywords:   daily experiences, school migrants, professional aspirations, coastal schooling, financial constraints

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