The Disadvantage in a Culturally Diversified Society: Focus on the Girl Child in Northern Nigeria

By Roseline Emeh Uyanga.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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The role of women in national development has been a worldwide concern in the last three decades. The perception of women in different cultural settings has often affected their level of involvement in the development of their nations. This paper addresses the disadvantaged position occupied by women in a multicultural society like Nigeria, particularly in its northern sub region. The poor enrolment of girls and their low transition from primary school to junior and senior secondary school levels are discussed. Of significance is the realization of the impact of this defect on states like Sokoto, Kaduna, Katsina, Kano, Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa, Borno etc, where the people’s cultural and religious practices predispose girls to limited access to education. Cultural devaluation of the girl-child through early marriage, seclusion in purdah “kulle”, sexual abuse and virginal incision of underage virgin girls for early sex, are cultural practices that have received the attention of this paper, as they affect their access to formal education. The case of affordability especially in the rural north east is addressed; vis-à-vis the need for diversified curricula, provision of basic education needs, and mass enlightenment for women education.

Keywords: Cultural Diversity

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 8, Issue 6, pp.1-8. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 628.244KB).

Prof. Roseline Emeh Uyanga

Federal University of Technology, Yola, Nigeria

Female Nigerian, holds a B.Sc (Educ.) degree and a Ph.D in Education Administration and Planning. Has had 20 years of Post Doctoral experience in tertiary institutions, held several administrative positions, Headship of Dept. Deanship of Faculty and Coordinatorship of Academic Units. Member of University Senate and several professional organisations like Nigerian Association of University Women, and affiliate of the International Federation of University Women, President (1991-1995) Yola Branch; Nigerian Association for Education Administration and Planning; Curriculum Organisation of Nigeria; Nigerian Institute of Management Chartered e.t.c. Teaches Biology and some education courses including History and Philosophy of Nigerian Education, Comparative Education, Contemporary Issues in Education, Educational Administration, Politics of Education e.t.c. Published extensively on Education, Science teaching, Women in Education, Science and Technology. Other studies on Women include widowhood in African Societies and gender stereotyping as it affects women education in Nigeria – both being papers presented at College Language Association Conferences held in New Orleans and Washington D.C., 2001 and 2003 respectively. Accredited with 4 textbooks, 38 journal articles and 40 conference papers. Widely travelled in the USA and Africa.

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