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Open and distance learning as a mechanism for women empowerment in Nigeria

Comfort Olufunke Akomolafe
Educational Foundations and Management

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     Last modified: October 13, 2006
     Presentation date: 10/31/2006 2:15 PM in NT Portland A
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The issue of women empowerment is a global concern. Access to quality education has been at the root of women empowerment. The increasing cost of education coupled with widespread poverty has restricted the opportunity for girls' education. Culturally women are perceived as having lower social status, which has further worsened their opportunity and consideration for education. The inadequate resource situation does not help the matter, because funding of education has become a huge problem for government, hence the government alone cannot meet the financial obligations. After due consultation with existing literature, a qualitative survey was conducted using interview and participatory experience. This paper therefore examines the place of ODL programme in Nigeria and its place in making education accessible to average Nigerian woman. It discusses women empowerment and the significance of education as a tool for women empowerment. It discusses ODL as a supplement and complement to regular school learning; a strategy for government to alleviate the problem of inadequate funding, and making quality education accessible to Nigerian women.

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