The Role of Adult Education in Poverty Alleviation among Nigerian Rural Women: A Panacea for the Achievement of Goal One of the Sustainable Development Goals. (Published)
Poverty has been identified as a major challenge to the growth and development of African countries. It is also recognized that women and girls who reside in the rural areas constitute the largest percentage of the poor in Nigeria. Various poverty alleviation programmes have been adopted by successive governments to address poverty issue in Nigeria but the fact is that the condition of the poor has not improved. This paper examines the importance of adult education in alleviation of poverty among rural women in order to achieve “Goal one” of the Sustainable development goals. The paper posited that adult education for women is a powerful tool which will break the endemic cycle of poverty in rural communities. The writer concluded that low level of education among rural women and their non-participation in poverty alleviation programmes compound their poverty problems. Thus, the paper recommended among others that government should step up investment in adult education programmes and involve rural women in poverty alleviation programmes.
Mobilization of Rural Populations in Nigeria for Poverty Eradication/Alleviation under the United Nations Education 2030 Agenda: Role of Environmental Literacy Education (Published)
Nigeria’s extreme poverty rate, which has been soaring over time, reached its peak by June, 2018 when the country topped the list of 10 most extremely poor countries globally and in Africa and was consequently declared the ‘poverty capital of the world’. Available statistics indicate that rural populations in Nigeria have all along borne the brunt of the country’s poverty endemic. In September 2015, the United Nations (UN) adopted seventeen (17) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) designed to eliminate barriers to global sustainable development by 2030, focusing, especially, on African and other countries facing special developmental challenges. The first of these Goals, SDG 1, is to end poverty in all its forms everywhere. Having made Education a key instrument for achievement of the SDGs, UNESCO, an agency of UN, developed a specific Education Curriculum Framework for SDG 1 which has suggested desirable environmental sustainability learning objectives, content and delivery processes. Successive Federal Governments of Nigeria adopted various strategies to mobilize the citizenry for poverty eradication/alleviation with no significant success. Notably, the strategies have been devoid of environmental education for the production of environmentally literate citizenry which many authorities, including UNESCO, have considered germane to effective environmental resources management and utilization necessary for socio-economic development and poverty eradication/alleviation. This paper was designed to crystallize the role of Environmental Literacy Education (ELE) in the mobilization of Nigeria’s rural populations for poverty eradication/alleviation within UNESCO’s Education 2030 Curriculum Framework for SDG 1.
Over the years Nigerian writers have consistently sustained the relationship between literature and politics. They perceptively engaged this connection since the colonial era, with the stages of the nation’s political development at the centre of the discourse. The reason is not farfetched; literature is a reflection of the environment in which it evolves. A writer’s ideology is shaped by the society and bears witness to its humanity. As imaginative as art is, it is the expression of a larger background: every work of literature signifies a time, place and people. An indication of the importance of art in the society is exposed in the way literature has remained part of the progress of man and his surroundings. Thus, one of the fundamental arguments of literature in exploring this relationship is to establish the fact that Literature and politics are intrinsically tied. Therefore, this paper investigates the concept of national and sustainable development in Pius Adesanmi’s NAIJA NO DEY CARRY LAST. It explores the use of satire to create political awareness and national memory. Furthermore, this paper scrutinizes the growth of Nigeria’s democracy and the commitment of successive leaders. It arrivals at the conclusion that NAIJA NO DEY CARRY LAST provides evidence that retention of national memory guarantees hope for a recovered Nigeria of the future and attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals.