Gender and Education: Promoting Inclusiveness to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals in Nigeria
Having a gender-inclusive society through educational provision has great potential in promoting sustainable human development. This paper examined the role of women education in the promotion of the socio-economic development of economies. The two key concepts of education and gender as they relate to the Nigerian society were defined contextually to give a proper focus to the paper. Furthermore, the concept of social inclusiveness especially as it applies to education in the Nigerian polity was also examined. This paper addressed the persistent issue of social inclusion of the girl-child and women in educational access and provision in Nigeria. This was based on a project which focused on how research might help reduce inequalities that affect minority ethnic and religious groups globally. The project examined research evidence from across the world on the experiences of people from minority, ethnic and religious groups that encounter the highest levels of social exclusion in low and middle-income countries; and anyways that public services have tried to reduce unfairness. The project specifically considered the needs of women and young people in minority ethnic and religious groups as they face additional layers of disadvantage. Some of the outcomes of social exclusion and social inequalities were noted in the paper. The obstacles to girls and women’s education (supply and demand factors that determine access to educational opportunities) were equally examined in details. Finally, the paper concluded by proposing several strategies and interventions for promoting girls’ education in Nigeria.