Gender stereotypes and girl-child education in Nigeria

Gender stereotypes and girl-child education in Nigeria

Over the years, the Nigerian government has expressed its commitment to female education. Despite this, and efforts by international organisations and others, girl-child educational attainment in Nigeria remains low; fewer girls go to school than boys, and the gender gap is said to widen as girls move up the formal education ladder.

This study finds evidence in support of the assumption that gender stereotypes pose great threats to the girl-child, and that girls suffer the consequences of a patriarchal structure that is based on inequality and injustice. Children, particularly girls, are seen as very vulnerable and easily manipulated; they are, therefore, more prone to the effects of gender stereotyping.

This paper also considers how open and distance learning (ODL) can be used as a strategy to counteract the impact of negative gender stereotypes and socio-cultural beliefs, thereby increasing girls’ access to education.

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