Mary Kingsley Ndidiamaka Ezeh


Girl-child education has been on the front burner of public attention over the last decades. The writer witnessed it growing up. She saw her age mates, young girls of school age, being forced out of school and given out in marriage. Different organizations, individuals, and corporate bodies have given this issue quality attention, as have many authors and media companies. Individual countries and governments have worked hard toward promoting this cause, although specific cultures, traditions, and stereotypes sabotage the effort. Unfortunately, Nigeria is one of those countries where the girl-child's education faces negligence for fundamental reasons like culture, traditions, stereotypes, and male domination (patriarchal culture). This paper examines the challenges of girl-child education in Nigeria today and the negative impacts of the patriarchal culture as it affects the issue under discussion. However, to proffer some solutions to this menace, the research will recommend the classroom as a vital means to nipping this lingering problem in the bud. Moreover, the study will review the effect or impact of this on the economy and the country's political stability. Apart from personal views, opinions, and the writer's experience, other articles and print/online media materials will form part of this research work.


Girl-child education, economy, culture, patriarchal/male domination, child marriage, classroom.

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