EDUCATION FOR RURAL EMPOWERMENT AS A MEANS OF POVERTY REDUCTION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: MANAGERIAL CHALLENGES
This paper examined the need for education for rural empowerment, poverty reduction, sustainable development and its managerial challenges. Rural men and women toil all day to eke out subsistence from over used land with archaic farming techniques and systems. They lack access to many of the amenities in the urban areas. They have children who often drop out of school and join them in farming or become uneducated artisans. In some areas where schools are available, some parents argue that children who complete school will not be better placed financially than those who go directly to learn trade, believing that the education their children receive cannot remove their poverty. Poor heads of households would rather send their children or wards to the farm or they go hawking than attend school. This paper is of the view that for rural poverty to be arrested, rural communities should be well educated, well informed, sensitised and mobilised to access poverty reduction projects being implemented by the various agencies of the government. Government should also strengthen the various development agencies so that they can get to the grassroots and reduce poverty in our land to the barest minimum.
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