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The importance of education

conference contribution
posted on 2023-05-24, 23:35 authored by Nicoli BarnesNicoli Barnes
As an identified basic human right, education is accepted as being important to everyone. I argue that it is of particular value to those living with singular or multiple intersections of disadvantage. Young people living in poverty are particularly vulnerable, especially to the impacts of social exclusion, when they do not have access to an education. The data used is taken from an 18 month ethnographic study in NSW, Australia, researching with young people living the extremes of disadvantage. I have also included reflections and experiences of time spent working in Bali, Indonesia. Sen (1999) argues that social justice for those living disadvantaged lives can be explored through a capabilities approach that identifies the ability of people to make choices. I further argue that, using Sen’s understandings of capability, that the importance of education is therefore in its ability to provide the opportunity for different and more beneficial life choices to those who live in disadvantage


Publication title

The importance of education




Faculty of Education


Department of the Postgraduagte Program, Universitas Dwi Jendra

Place of publication

Bali, Indonesia, Bali, Indonesia

Event title

International Seminar Law, Policy and Diversity in International Education and Collaboration

Event Venue

Bali, Indonesia

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Date of Event (End Date)


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  • Restricted

Socio-economic Objectives

Equity and access to education