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International Journal of Education and Practice

May 2014, Volume 2, 5, pp 104-110

Education and Poverty Alleviation: Problems and Prospects

Adesina A.D.O

Adesina A.D.O 1

  1. Institute Of Education, Faculty of Education, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria 1

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Pages: 104-110

DOI: 10.18488/journal.61/2014.2.5/

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Education is seen as an instrument of development in all ramifications of our life. Efforts have been made by the Nigerian governments to bring about good education to Nigerians. Innovations have been made and huge amount of money have been expended on the execution of education policies. Although several governments and individuals efforts are daily proposed, the government is seen here as not measuring up to the standard in complementing the teachers’ efforts towards bringing about good citizens that would make Nigeria conductive for both political and economic development. This is believed to be the cogs in the wheels of alleviating poverty among the Nigerian masses. To achieve our national goals, Social studies education must be complemented by the government efforts. Suggestions were therefore made along the line. The belief is that there cannot be conductive atmosphere for political and proper economic development if proper moral education is not given a place in our society. Economic and political development would in turn alleviate the poverty of many Nigerians.
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