The challenges of girl-child education and alternative jobs in Nigeria

Femi, Tinuola (2011) The challenges of girl-child education and alternative jobs in Nigeria. Corvinus Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 2 (1). pp. 101-121.

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The real life experiences of Nigerian girl children indicate that the current Global Economic Crisis (GEC) has worsened their situation. This study examines the effects of GEC on the education of the girl-child and their engagement in alternative jobs. Data were obtained from 1,200 female children between 6–14 years of age, selected with a purposive random sampling-technique, who were engaged in hawking in three Nigerian states. About twenty parents were also selected to go through in-depth interview sessions. They responded to a semistructured questionnaire. Findings show that 45% of girls had recently dropped out of school and engaged in hawking to enhance their lives and that of their family household, making an average daily gain of one U.S. dollar. They hawk in crowded markets, hotels and at busy road junctions. There are reported cases of child-sexual abuse. Four percent of girls performing paid housework were impregnated, resulting in clandestine abortions. An improvement in the socioeconomic conditions of parents and a social protection policy for girl-children are recommended.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:children, hawking, labor, education, Nigeria, child abuse
ID Code:3149
Deposited By: Veronika Vitéz
Deposited On:14 Nov 2017 14:28
Last Modified:08 Nov 2021 08:56

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