CED alumna Fawzia Reza, Ed.D., presented a study at the Oxford Roundtable Symposium at Harris Manchester College, Oxford University examining the challenges of enrolling and retaining girls in Pakistani schools. The study presented at Oxford grew from additional insights obtained from a previous qualitative study conducted with CED faculty Dr. Jyotsna Pattnaik, and presented at American Education Research Association (AERA) conference in 2017. Dr. Reza’s presentation at Oxford, “Is Education a Basic Right for All? A Glimpse into the Successes and Challenges in Enrolling a Marginalized Population” focused on systemic barriers and challenges against Pakistani girls gathered from school administrators and teachers in Pakistan. In addition to presenting these issues, Dr. Reza’s research also presented recommendations and examples of schools that have succeeded in increasing female enrollment despite the challenges.
Dr. Reza is an alumna of CED’s Early Childhood Education Master’s degree program and the Educational Leadership Doctoral program. She currently serves as adjunct faculty at Whittier College and at the American College of Education (ACE).