Scanning the Horizon for ODL: Strategies for Educational planning for teen girls in Lagos Rural communities

Odeyemi Olajumoke, Janet
Igwe, Ukoha O
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The provision of formal education for girls who dropped out or never had the chance to enrol in schools has been an intervention in very few countries of the world. It is quite unfortunate to note that gender disparity still exists. Despite the fight against homelessness and the scourge of destitute embarked upon by Lagos state government in a bid to turn the state to a model city, some communities still remain dinghy and destitute prone. Illiteracy is the bane amongst teen girls in these communities. Pregnancy and all at risk behaviours are common among the girls. More worrisome are recent revelations that these pregnancies are owned by miscreants, pickpockets and jobless drug addicts. These factors further throw this population of girls into abject poverty. How then do we engage this group of girls in sustainable economic/educational development ventures through ODL? // The study sought to investigate the causes and implications of this on women and generally teenage girls. What educational strategy intervention through ODL can achieve among this teens in Ajido and Jeba communities of Badagry, Lagos is discussed. The outcome and impart of the study would be applied to the larger community – Nigeria. // Descriptive survey research design was adopted for the study. Multi stage sampling techniques was used to select 120 respondents, a close ended self structured questionnaire as well as structured interview was employed for data collection. Inferential statistics of chi square and frequency counts and percentages were used to test the hypotheses formulated at 0.05 alpha levels. // The study found positive relationship between familial factors (parent –child relationship, low parental monitoring) and risk behaviour among teen girls in the communities. Also extra-familial variables (poor neighbourhood quality, low socio-economic status and illiteracy) contribute immensely to teen girls at risk behaviour. These call to question the issue and implication for empowerment of such teen girls which will among other things promote healthy behavioural choices for them. What will sustainable empowerment achieve among these teen girls? The implication for this was discussed. // Paper ID: 384

Women and Girls' Education,Developing World,Digital Literacy,Open and Distance Learning (ODL),Gender