Women’s Empowerment through Functional Adult Literacy Education Programmes in Nigeria
Department of Educational Foundations, Veritas University, Abuja
The achievement of empowerment depends on a good quality education. Any country that desires to empower her citizens must do so through education. Issues concerning women’s development have received much attention in national and international seminars, workshops and conferences in the past few decades. The United Nations and other international organizations have made several efforts to uplift women. The development of women and girls
has been recognized as one of the critical ingredients of national development. Despite the very important roles played by women for national survival, their standard of living is still low. It has been said very often that the education of girls and women remains one of the critical needs of Nigeria. There is no doubt that the status of women has advanced in the past few years, but the progress has been uneven and inequalities between men and women have
persisted with serious consequences to the wellbeing of all people. Despite all the efforts made by the respective governments in Nigeria, most women are low skilled, illiterates and unemployed. This paper diagnoses some of the factors behind women ’s disempowerment. It argues that Adult education programmes could be used to break the vicious circle of poverty, build women ’s capacity and empower them to contribute to national development.
Key words: women empowerment, capacity building, poverty reduction, better national development.