Influence of Adult Literacy Education on Socio-Economic Empowerment of Rural Women in Oyo State, Nigeria

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: Ife Centre for Psychological Studies & The Network of Psychological Studies of Women Issues Department of Psychology, University of Ibadan .


n all countries of the world, education is recognised as the cornerstone for sustainabledevelopment particularly for those who have been excluded from formal system of educationand development. The building of a literate society will lead to the economic empowermentand will encourage rural women to practice hygiene, which will in turn lead to the reductionof birth and death rates. A descriptive survey research design was adopted usingquestionnaire as the main instrument. Some 203 respondents which comprised eight literacyfacilitators and 195 rural women participated in the literacy programme. Data collectedwere analysed using mean, standard deviation and correlation coefficient, used to test thehypothesis at 0.05 level of significant. The findings indicated that significant relationshipexisted between adult literacy education and women participation in politics r = 0.148, Df =201, P < 0.05. The result revealed that significant relationship existed between adult literacyeducation and healthy living of rural women, r = 0.052, Df = 201, P < 0.05.The studyrecommended that government at all levels should fund literacy programmes, make itinteresting for women to be encouraged to enrol in literacy classes.



Empowerment,, education,, development,, illiterate,, literate society,, participants, ,potentials,, rural communities and society