Okwu Augustina Onyema (PhD), Ugo Samuel Bassey (PhD), Esther E-C Uzoh (PhD)


Empowering the girl child through the inculcation of vital skill acquisition in school plays an important role in the growth of a girl child and development of a nation at large. The axiom “catch them young” expresses the desire to train, cater, support and guide children early in life to develop love for education. The girl-child needs to be educated with skills needed to advance her status for social interactions and self-improvement.  An African adage says ‘educate a man and you educate an individual; educate a woman and you educate a nation’. Formal education and acquisition of skills have the potentials to heal the world of its vices and equally to assist the girl child all through her journeys in life. There are many impediments to actualize formal education for the girl child; hence, poverty, early marriage, teenage pregnancy and the likes are leading causes of girls’ dropping out of school. These socio-economic limitations could be averted when the girl child is seriously committed to studying and acquiring a skill at an early stage. Consequently, she is groomed into an independent, self reliance and an employer of labour, these eventually reduce crime and other social vices. This paper is a theoretical research that aims at achieving a new way of learning and equally stimulates the mind of humanity on the importance of combining skill acquisition and formal education for the girl child in school thereby reducing school drop-outs. Recommendations are made to actualize a sustainable development in Nigeria.


skill acquisition, formal education, girl child, sustainable development.

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