Parents’ Attitude Towards Girls’ Education

Outcome indicator

Indicator Phrasing

% of target [choose: mothers / fathers] who have supporting attitudes towards girls’ education
% de [choisir : mères/ pères] cibles manifestant du soutien envers l’éducation des filles
% cílových [určete: otců / matek] s pozitivním postojem k vzdělávání dívek

Indicator Phrasing

English: % of target [choose: mothers / fathers] who have supporting attitudes towards girls’ education

French: % de [choisir : mères/ pères] cibles manifestant du soutien envers l’éducation des filles

Czech: % cílových [určete: otců / matek] s pozitivním postojem k vzdělávání dívek

What is its purpose?

The indicator uses a series of statements to assess the extent to which the target group members are supportive of girls’ education. The statements cover the main reasons why parents do not send or stop sending their daughters to school. Supportive attitudes of parents are crucial for improving girls’ education and contributing to their empowerment.

How to Collect and Analyse the Required Data

Collect the following data by conducting individual interviews with a representative sample of your target group members:

 

RECOMMENDED SURVEY QUESTIONS (Q) AND POSSIBLE ANSWERS (A)

Introduction: Now I am going to read different statements. For each statement, please think how you feel about it and then tell me whether you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree or strongly disagree with it. There are no right or wrong answers – please answer according to your feelings about the statement.

 

Q1: Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree or strongly disagree with the following statement? ‘It is important that boys have more education than girls.’

A1: strongly agree / somewhat agree / somewhat disagree / strongly disagree

 

Q2: Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree or strongly disagree with the following statement? ‘When girls marry, they should keep going to school, even if they have to take care of their husband and household.’

A2: strongly agree / somewhat agree / somewhat disagree / strongly disagree

 

Q3: Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree or strongly disagree with the following statement? ‘Daughters should go to school only if they are not needed to help at home.’

A3: strongly agree / somewhat agree / somewhat disagree / strongly disagree

 

Q4: Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree or strongly disagree with the following statement? ‘Families should spend the same amount of money on educating their daughters as they spend on educating their sons.’

A4: strongly agree / somewhat agree / somewhat disagree / strongly disagree  

 

 

Take the following steps to calculate the indicator’s value:

  1) In the case of Q1 and Q3, provide 1 point for each response “slightly disagree” and 2 points for each response “strongly disagree”. In the case of Q2 and Q4, provide 1 point for each response “slightly agree” and 2 points for each response “strongly agree”.

  2) Count the total number of points per respondent (the minimum can be zero, the maximum can be 8).

  3) Count the number of respondents who scored at least 4 points.

  4) Divide the number of respondents who scored at least 4 points by the total number of respondents and multiply the result by 100.

Important Comments

1) Disaggregate the data by the respondent’s age group, ethnicity, education level, wealth category, and other factors depending on the local context.

 

2) If you during the piloting of your questionnaire realize that the respondents have difficulties with choosing from the four options, consider asking them first whether they agree or disagree (i.e. 2 instead of 4 options) and only then inquire whether they strongly (dis)agree or somewhat (dis)agree.

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