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Our purpose with this project is to explore the knowledge about the effects of education on society and the individual (in our case illiterate women). With this we also want to increase the understanding for the teacher profession and our important mission. We will fulfil this purpose through investigating what previous research has said about the importance of education in general and what education does for a woman’s life in Nigeria in particular. We will explore the effects of education for women in their cultural context. • What has been said about the importance of education for the development of the society and the individual? • How does education affect a Nigerian woman’s view of herself? • What happens in a woman’s life and mind when she goes from being an illiterate person to a reading and writing person? Method We have made six qualitative interviews with Nigerian women who did not get the opportunity to a basic education as children. They are now attending a Christian adult school in Jos, Nigeria to learn how to read and write. Findings The women feel that the education has changed their view of themselves in many aspects. They have developed a higher confidence and are more independent than before. They feel more included in society when they have become literate. They have also got a more significant female consciousness through the education. The school’s Christian approach permeates all the education and the students’ subjective identity strengthens in accordance with the Christian values…


1. Background
2. Purpose and Questions
3. Theoretical Framework and Account of Literature
3.1 An Introduction about Nigeria
3.2 The City of Jo
3.3 Jos – through Our Eyes
3.4 The Educational Situation in Nigeria
3.4. 1 Women’s Educational Situation in Nigeria
3.4. 2 Further development
3.5 The View of Womanhood in Nigeria
3.6 What does Education do for Society and for the Individual?
3.6.1 Educational Effects for Nigerian Women
3.7 Keywords
3.7. 1 Education
3.7. 2 Basic Education
3.7. 3 Literacy/Illiteracy
4. Method
4.1 Where and When?
4.2 How?
4.3 With whom?
4.4 The Validity of the Research
4.5 The Reliability of the Research
4.5. 1 Work with an Interpreter
4.6 Method of Analyzing
4.7 Ethical Considerations
4.8 Field Study Experiences
5. Empirical Work
5.1 The Movement for Christian Community Service of Nigeria (MCCSN)
Women’s education and development
5.1. 1 Background
5.1. 2 The School´s Economy
5.1. 3 The Board and the Principal
5.1. 4 Student Population
5.1. 5 MCCSN´s Approach
5.1. 6 The School´s Programs
5.2 Findings
5.2. 1 Description of the Interviewed Women
5.2. 2 Reasons for not Attending School as Children
5.2. 3 Religion – the Substance of Life?
5.2. 4 “No man is an island” – the Importance of the Collectivity
5.2. 5 The Value of Being Paid Attention
5.2. 6 Productivity, the Way of Becoming a Good Person?
5.2. 7 Independence through Education?
5.2. 8 Does the World Expand when Knowledge Increases?\
6. Discussion
6.1 Increasing of the Subjective Identity
6.2 Does Education lead to Gender Equality?
6.3 Does Increased Confidence Create Power?
6.4 Inclusion through Education
6.5 How does Education Affect a Nigerian Woman’s View of Herself?
6.6 Concluding Words
6.6. 1 The Effects of this research – for Ourselves and for the Public
6.6. 2 Who are We to Judge?
6.6. 3 Further Research

Author: Lindmark, Anina,Möller, Karolina

Source: Goteborg University

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