Inclusion of gender sensitivity into Nigeria primary education system: Implications for national development

Authors Ngozi Chuma Umeh, Onuora-Oguno AC

ISSN: 2521-2605
Affiliations: None
Source: Journal of Comparative Law in Africa, Volume 5 Issue 2, p. 98 – 116


Evidence from previous studies suggests that gender imbalance and inequality is as old as creation, and that the struggle against the subjugation of women has been a historical event. The term ‘gender imbalance’ implies that there are existing differences in the treatment of men and women by the society. Gender imbalance exists not only in Nigeria but also in other parts of the world, and in almost all areas of human endeavour. It is a problem that has been acknowledged by the United Nations, African Union and the Nigerian Constitution as a serious challenge to equality and development. Ultimately, appropriate gender-sensitive education that dismantles gender imbalance and inequality is considered pertinent. Most importantly, gender sensitisation will enhance the empowerment of women as an entry point to achieving gender equality and balancing power relations between men and women for the optimum benefit of the nation. This paper is an attempt to suggest a long-term solution to the problem of gender imbalance in the Nigerian society. In the long run, it is believed that, one of the major ways to overcome the situation of gender imbalance and inequality is through universal access to basic primary education.