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This study is a critical examination of the impact of women literacy education on the empowerment of women in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State.

The introductory aspect of this project deals with the background of the study, statement of the problem, purpose of the study, research questions, objective of the study, significance of the study, basic assumptions, scope of the study, limitation of the study and definition of terms.  The data collected are clearly analyzed and findings indicated.

The entire work is structured in five chapters.  Chapter one, is an introduction to the study which contains the above mentioned aspect of the introductory part. Chapter two contains review of related literature, it tries to examine what other theories have said on the subject matter.  Chapter three, deals with methodology, it contains the method used by the researcher in carrying out the study and the system adopted in the collection of data. Chapter four is the data analysis, its interpretation and discussions of results.  Lastly, chapter five contains the summary, conclusion, recommendations and suggestions for further research.

To effectively carry out this study, two different sets of questionnaires are drawn and distributed; one set among the trainers consisting fifteen questions and second set among the trainees consisting twenty-five questions.  On the basis of he findings of the study some of the following were recommended:

  • Edo state and Oredo Local Government should work out a plant to crate more skill acquisition centres.
  • Drastic efforts should be made to produce specialized trainers.
  • Private individuals, group and companies should come to the aid of the state and Oredo Local Government to effectively carry out transformation among women.




Title page                                                                                                                  i

Approval                                                                                                                  ii

Certification                                                                                                                        iii

Dedication                                                                                                               iv

Acknowledgement                                                                                     v

Abstract                                                                                                                    vii

Table of Contents                                                                                                   ix


Background to the Study                                                               1

Statement of Problem                                                                     7

Purpose of the Study                                                                      9

Research Questions                                                                         11

Objectives of the Study                                                                            12

Significance of the Study                                                                13

Basic Assumptions                                                                          14

Scope of the Study                                                                           16

Limitation of the Study                                                                            17

Definition of Terms                                                                        18


Introduction                                                                                                            21

Importance of literacy education to women                                                   22

Significance of Women Literacy Education on

Empowering Women                                                                                            25

Perspectives on Women Literacy Education                                                  27

Contribution to Women Literacy Education and

empowerment by Federal, State and Non-Governmental

Agencies                                                                                                                   30

Obstacles to Women Literacy Education                                                         32


Design of Study                                                                                                      43

Study Population                                                                                                   43

Sample Technique                                                                                                 43

Instrument of Data Collection                                                                            44

Administration and Collection of Data                                                           45

Validity of the Instrument                                                                                   48

Reliability o the Instrument                                                                                48

Method of Data Analysis                                                                                     49


                                      PRESENTATION OF RESULTS

Research Questions 1                                                                      54

Research Questions 2                                                                    56

Research Questions 3                                                                      57

Research Questions 4                                                                      59

Research Questions 5                                                                      60

Research Questions 6                                                                      62

Research Questions 7                                                                      64

Research Questions 8                                                                      66



Summary                                                                                         68

Conclusion                                                                                                70

Recommendations                                                                          72


Bibliography                                                                                   74


Appendix (Questionnaires)                                                            76





Background to the Study

The impact of women literacy education on the empowerment of women can not be over emphasized.  In Nigeria, as in most developing countries of the world, literacy education is valued so much that it is looked upon as a pre-requisite for all the short-comings of society as well as the surest means for empowering women and for national development.

Women literacy education is that education given to female children or women at different stages and ways (formal and non-formal).  It is the acquisition of knowledge, skills and abilities to become effective participant of a given social group.  Women literacy education is the process that brings about self esteem which helps in promoting participation of women in organizations and their community that reflect in the society at large.

In reference to education therefore, the new National Policy states categorically that:  The Federal Government of Nigeria has adopted education as an instrument per excellence for effecting women empowerment and national development.  Education fosters the worth and development of the individual, for each individual’s sake and for the general development of the society.  The document emphasizes that every Nigerian child shall have a right to equal educational opportunities irrespective of any real or imagined disabilities each according to his or her ability.

Consequently, education has been pursued with vigour in most parts of Nigeria.  It is seen as the factor whose acquisition raises one’s income as well as the social status and progress in the society.

In the past, education especially boy’s education was a sort of life assurance.  Girls’ education was neglected because cultural and biological factors limited their access to education.  Women’s roles were to procreate and lactate.  Women had no say in any community or national development as they were believed to be the weaker-sex.  This phenomenon is not peculiar to Nigeria.  It is common to other parts of the world.  Women have always had less access to educational opportunities than men.  The reasons being that women were believed to be birds of passages who will eventually be married to other families after their training.  This is why in places such as India, cousins are allowed to marry so that their wealth will be retained within their families.

Women are not treated equally as their male-counterparts in the area of education, job opportunities, distribution of income, inheritance of properties, political opportunities etc.  Kagia (1985:2) pointed out that “these disparities do not arise out of overt or premeditated discriminatory action rather they arise because women, like all disadvantages groups, are victims of historical and cultural accidents, errors of omission rather than commission”.  It was in recognition of this fact that the United Nations General Assembly of 1969 adopted a declaration on the “Elimination of discrimination against women at the international level.

Nigeria as a member of the United Nations Community has joined in the crusade by embarking on programmes aimed at bringing about social change.  Most states in Nigeria, including Edo State, have shown considerable interest in women literacy education by promoting and embarking on females’ non-formal education projects for enhancing women productivity for empowering self and societal development.  In order to do this effectively, Edo State established the Agency for Adult and Non-formal education centre, Edo State Skill Acquisition Centre.  These agencies are charged among other duties with responsibilities to act as an “instrument for the eradication of illiteracy among adults (male and female) in the state and to provide necessary facilities for this purpose”.

Fortunately, women have not rested on their oars in protesting against discrimination.  They have asked for and secured to some extent, concessions and strategies aimed at their emancipation towards contributing their own quota in the empowerment of self and economic development of the nation.

The important role women have to play towards contributing to the development of the nation is a theme that is currently in vogue so much so that a lot of energies and activities are channeled towards women in the country through the Federal, State and Local Government programmes.

The administration of President Ibrahim Babangida and his wife, Mrs. Maryam Babangida established National Directorate of Employment, Better Life for Rural Women and MAMSER programmes between 1986 and 1987 to conscientise women and create awareness in them to participate in activities that concern and affect them in order to uplift womanhood into competing favourably with their male counterparts when it comes to distribution of income, job opportunities, education, politics and in contributing to socio-economic development of themselves, their communities and the nation in general.

There are problems and set backs inspite of the efforts of the state agency and federal government and non-governmental organizations are making towards women literacy education and women empowerment.

The question being asked is about the effectiveness of efforts being made by these bodies.  To what extent were the goals and objectives achieved so as to enable the women participants contribute to the socio-economic development of self, community and nation.

Statement of the Problem

Based on this study, impact of women literacy education on the empowerment of women, in the past in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State and in Nigerian generally, women have been relegated to the background. They are therefore seen as second class citizens which is stigmatization at the highest order.

They are seen as a reproduction means only useful for children up-brining.  Excluded from taking up official appointments nor appearing in public places and functions.

The believe was that women are to be seen and not to be heard.  Women are denied access to western education as they are believed to be another man’s properties.

Nigerian parents out of ignorance paid greater attention to the training and education of their male child; women were victims of all kinds of traditions and beliefs.

The eventual result is that they were neglected, illiterates, unexposed and do not contribute to socio-economic and political development.

The researcher in this study tries to investigate the literacy education programme that has been in place for the women as to the government in Edo State in particular realized the need for women literacy education in order to empower them.

It is also believed that providing women literacy education for women would re-awaken them from mental slavery, create awareness and make them useful to themselves.

Literacy education on empowerment of women will enable them become socio-economic buoyant, self-reliant and more actively engaged in their country’s social, political development and yield high dividends.  It will serve as a process of eradicating inequalities between women and their male counterparts.

Purpose of the Study

The purpose of this study is to examine women literacy education and identify its impacts in the empowerment of women in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State.

The specific purposes are this:

  • To identify the relevance of women literacy education on the empowerment of women in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State.
  • To examine the degree/level of women involvement in literacy education and their attendant contribution.
  • To improve the standard of women literacy education in Edo State and their self-image.
  • To conscientise the women on the benefits of women literacy education for self-growth and national development.
  • To make suggestions and recommendations to relevant governments or bodies on ways of improving women literacy education in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State.
  • It is expected that the results generated from the study will change the lives of the women.

Research Questions

  • Is literacy necessary in promoting women empowerment?
  • Has literacy education programme designed for women in Oredo Local Government Area help to promote women empowerment?
  • In which area has literacy programme helped in empowering?
  • How do the women see literacy for empowerment designed for them?
  • Is there any constraint to the implementation of literacy education programme designed for women?
  • Is there any relationship between literacy education and women empowerment?