The impact of the g!rl-Child Education on the
Within the context of the Nigerian environment,
several definitions of the child exist. The national
Child Welfare Policy (1989) as cited by Ada(2007)
defines the g!rl child as person below 14 years of
Offorma (2009) defines the g!rl-child as a biological
female offspring from birth to eighteen (18) years
of age. This period is made up of infancy, childhood,
early and late adolescence stages of development.
The g!rl-child is seen as a young female person,
who would eventually grow into a wom@n and
marry. She is conditioned to look after the young
ones, the home and the kitchen.
She is taught to be obethent and to internalize the
notion that she is someone’s property and
She is her parent’s property and responsibility at
her husband’s in adulthood.
The gender apartheid places the g!rl-child in a
Her potentials are suppressed and self actualization
is not achieved Education is the process of
providing information to a
person to help him or her develop mentally,
socially, emotionally, spiritually, politically and
economically (Offorma, 2009). .
Education is one of the fundamental rights of
individuals. Article 26 of the universal declaration
of human rights, which was adopted by the United
Nations General Assembly as cited by Nwangwu
(1976) stipulated that
* Everyone has the right to education. This shall be
free in the elementary and
* Elementary Education shall be
made compulsory while technical and professional
education shall be made generally available.
* Higher education shall be
equally accessible to all on the basis of merit
* Parents have a prior right to
choose the kind of education that shall be given to
Education is a vital tool for empowerment that
allows meaningful contributions to
According to UNICEF (2007), g!rls’ education does
not only bring the immediate benefit of
empowering g!rls, but is seen as the best
investment in a country’s development.
Education helps g!rls to develop
essential life skills including self confidence, the
ability to participate effectively in society
and protect themselves from HIV/ AIDS and other
UNICEF further asserts that g!rls’ education also
helps in cutting children and maternal mortality
rates, contributing to national wealth and
controlling disease and health status.
Children of educated women are likely to go to
school. Consequently, this has exponential positive
effects on education and poverty education for
generations to come.
One very important aim of every family is to raise
healthy and productive individuals who will
contribute meaningfully to society.
This can be achieved through the education of the
g!rl-child who is the mother of tomorrow.
Author affiliation: jabir wada isah Centre for
Covenant University, Ota,
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