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FIELD RESEARCH ON: CULTURAL BARRIERS TO GIRLS’ RETENTION AND TRANSITION IN EDUCATION IN JIGAWA STATE – NIGERIA

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Education has been described as the most important aspect of human development, a key to successful living, especially girl child education (Michael, 2011).  The global figure for out of school children is estimated at 121 million, 65 million are girls with over 80% of these girls living in Sub Saharan Africa including Nigeria (UNICEF 2007). 

Much research, including the 2012 Gender in Nigeria Report, has noted the long term effects of gender attitudes on opportunities for women in the economic, political and social spheres. These social and cultural biases are reflected and reinforced, particularly in Northern Nigeria, by the exclusion of girls from the education system. In parts of the region, primary completion rates show a 34% disparity between boys and girls. By the completion of junior secondary school this disparity widens to 43% in Zamfara State for instance. Across the region, significantly more boys than girls are completing basic education, thus entrenching systemic disadvantages for adolescent girls and women in later life.

The Northern Nigeria Girls’ Education Programme, which will operate in Jigawa, Katsina and Sokoto states, will increase the likelihood of more young girls completing their basic education in Northern Nigeria.

TDii, in collaboration with Isiro- Multi Services Limited were contracted to scope and document the barriers - cultural, traditional, and other - to the transition, retention, and completion of girls in basic education institutions in Northern Nigeria. For this study, Jigawa State was used as a proxy for the Northern region. The scoping study involved broad based research with a wide range of stakeholders Consultations involved over 120 persons from rural, urban, and peri-urban communities.

FUNDED BY: BRITISH COUNCIL NIGERIA

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