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Parental involvement in the education of the child in Nigeria

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By Engr. Charles Osezua, Chairman of the Institute for Work and Family Integration(IWFI). This paper was presented at the recently concluded UN 2016 IFFD Briefing.

Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa, with a population of about 170million people, with diverse ethnic, cultural, religious and socio-economic life; all of which impact on the family and the education of the child. About 12% or 20million Nigerians live in Lagos State; the nation’s commercial capital. This city state, notorious for long commutes and long work hours, more often than not, constrain parents from their critical role, as the first educators and advocate for their child; in both public and private schools. Like most other countries, Nigeria has significant disparity in the quality of education, depending often on household income.

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