SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGs): MINIMISING CHALLENGES TO GIRL-CHILD ACCESS TO EDUCATION FOR EFFECTIVE CURRICULUM IMPLEMENTATION
On conclusion of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) programme in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were born. The SDGs were armed with broader agenda which include addressing the root causes of poverty, among others. This paper investigated the challenges that affect the girl-child access to education to Basic education level in Nigeria and how these challenges can be tackled for effective curriculum implementation and achievement of Sustainable Development Goals. This study is a descriptive and comparative survey and was guided by three research questions and a hypothesis tested at 0.05 level of significance. The population comprised teachers and students in public Junior Secondary Schools in Imo State, Nigeria. The sample size was made up of (5) teachers and (15) students from (16) Junior Secondary School in Ohaji-Egbema and Onuimo totaling (80) teachers and students respectively. A structured questionnaire was used to elicit information. The research questions were analysed with frequency table, mean and pooled mean and Z-test was used for the hypothesis. The findings revealed that the girl-child challenges, among many, include cultural barriers, poverty, religious bias which affect effective curriculum implementation. The researcher recommended, among others, that provision of social amenities like water by the government will reduce the girl-child challenges and promote access to education and effective curriculum implementation.
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