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Chasing baboons or attending class: protected areas and childhood education in Uganda

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Mackenzie, C.A., Sengupta, R.R. & Kaoser, R. (2015) Chasing baboons or attending class: protected areas and childhood education in Uganda. Environmental Conservation, Published online 8 May 2015.

The influence of protected areas on childhood education is often assumed to be positive, and integrated conservation and development programmes (ICDPs) classically support childhood education by building schools, providing scholarships and improving education quality. This paper looks specifically at the impact of Kibale National Park (Uganda) on childhood education in villages bordering the park. Data from households and primary schools show that ICDPs interventions improved primary school enrolment and education for girls. However, boys had a lowered probability of completing four years of primary education as they were used to guard crops from Park-protected animals. These findings highlight the need to place additional focus on boys’ educational needs near protected areas by, for example, investing in crop-raiding defences.

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