Girl Child and Women Education: Exploring the Narratives of Six Educated Nigerian Women

Ebubedike, Margaret (2018). Girl Child and Women Education: Exploring the Narratives of Six Educated Nigerian Women. Educational Research Quarterly, 42(2) pp. 69–101.

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Abstract

The narratives of six female Higher Education (HE) leaders' in Nigeria were examined. As educated women themselves, the participants mention that education empowered them to explore further on their capabilities, assert their agency, and subsequently challenge structures and institutions that limit them as women. Hence, denying women and girls access to education has implications both on their lives, and the society in terms of missed opportunities. The key decision-makers and influencers of their education were their fathers. The experiences of these women could possibly provide insight into government gender policies in Nigeria, and other developing nations: particularly, in the area of, women and girls education. This study, took into account the aspect of voice and experiences of the women and how education has contributed to changing their lives. It adds to a global scholarship of the phenomenon under review which allows for the development of more in-depth and holistic understanding of women and girls education, and how it could be redressed in order to provide equal educational opportunity for all by 2030.

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