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Gender, Literacy and the Society: A Discourse of Disparity in Some Selected Schools in Sokoto Metropolis, Nigeria

Akujobi, R. (2011) Gender, Literacy and the Society: A Discourse of Disparity in Some Selected Schools in Sokoto Metropolis, Nigeria. Unpublished. (Unpublished)

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Gender today is interrogating almost every facet of human endeavour. It is part and parcel of any formal school system and the awareness of the importance of gender has made it possible for designers of school curriculum to include the issue of gender. Access to human potentialities is supposed to change the structure of the family, of work, of politics and of personal relations. So this paper views the society in its entirety, analyze some root courses of backwardness educationally of the state under discussion, appraise the level of its gender awareness and point out how these account for the level of literacy in the state. This paper therefore reviews the historical yardsticks of gender inequality in the state under discussion and argues that the challenges of poverty and lack of infrastructure evident in most parts of Nigerian towns and cities actually impact on the women folk partly because of the importance placed on the male gender in Nigerian society. The paper will want to also argue that the effect of underdevelopment of the womenfolk is not an exaggerated one and in this stead submits that reverberating societal values and systems of meaning that promote male dominance and demean the woman as the weaker breed, non-resistant appendage is also responsible for the condition of women in society today. The paper will also want to appraise the reason why the ills of underdevelopment are so evident on the women than the men. Applying a critical discourse this paper examines and argues that the construction of women, as weak, dirty, backward and poverty stricken harlots do not just reflect social challenges but are in fact a reflection of the historically specific systems of meaning which form the identities of women rather than the present global reality of rights, opportunities educationally and socially

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Mr Adewole Adewumi
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2011 20:07
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2018 11:58

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