Nonformal Education, Political Participation, and Democracy: Findings from Senegal

Nonformal Education, Political Participation, and Democracy: Findings from Senegal The relationship between nonformal education (NFE) and democracy has not been subject to empirical examination. Given the prominence that NFE has gained in many countries, such as those in Africa, this inattention is unfortunate. Using data from a survey involving a probability sample of 1484 Senegalese citizens, this paper examines the effects of education, both formal and nonformal, on political participation among rural Senegalese. The results indicate that NFE and formal education tend to have similar effects on several political behaviors, but the effect of NFE generally appears to be stronger. NFE has a positive impact on political participation. NFE increases the likelihood that one will vote and contact officials regarding community and personal problems. In addition, NFE has a strong, positive impact on community participation. Political Behavior Springer Journals

Nonformal Education, Political Participation, and Democracy: Findings from Senegal

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Political Science and International Relations; Political Science; Sociology, general
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