PREAM Research Questions

An outline of the main research questions and process of the PREAM studies

Knowledge Mobilization

See how we are informing policy change by connecting academic research and creative works to academia, the community and government.

International Researchers

Who collaborates between Université Des Lettres et des Sciences de Bamako (ULSHB) and McGill University ?

Participatory Research on Education and Agency in Mali (PREAM) is a 3-year international collaboration between McGill University and the Université des Lettres et Sciences Humaines de Bamako (ULSHB) in partnership with Plan International Canada and Plan International Mali who are implementing a program around education in emergencies.

The research builds on a recognition that education inequalities for girls exist within, and are impacted by, wider gender inequalities in their communities. Changes to local beliefs and behaviours around gender have been shown to directly support girls’ participation in education, while increasing girls’ education can have a significant impact on gender equality in the broader school environment. However, the connection between gender inequality and girls’ education in conflict is unclear. Agency, defined as the power to make and act on choices, is considered an essential component of gender equality and women and girls’ empowerment. For this reason, PREAM aims to increase our understanding of this relationship and to generate valuable findings to inform policy and practice related to education and gender equality in conflict-affected settings in Mali and beyond.

Project Journey

Follow the project journey through each year, as we learn through qualitative and quantitative methods how Malian youth reflect on the topic of Agency in the context of strife


Phase ➀

Initial Participatory Visual Methods Workshops

Phase ➁

Understanding Quantitative Research in a PVM context

Phase ➂

Final Participatory Visual Methods Workshops

Picturing Agency: Through the Eyes of Malian Youth, is an art book produced in conjunction with120 Malian students participating in the Participatory Research on Education and Agency in Mali (PREAM) project. This art book engages with the drawings and cellphilms produced by participants in the first series of participatory workshops that took place in six schools from six different communes. The research design emphasises a mixed-methods approach that integrates child-friendly participatory visual methods (PVM) workshops conducted in the first and third years of the project.

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