- Implications of Missionary Education for Women in Nigeria: a Historical Analysis
Abstract: Education is a key factor in human development and social transformation. The problematic of women development in Nigeria traces its roots in the type of education
dispensed by missionary agencies and the British colonial administration. Christian
Missionaries were the first to initiate the development of western education in Nigeria.
Government participation first took the form of giving limited financial assistance to
voluntary agencies and gradually developed into the recognition of education as the
responsibility of the Government. The present study is a historical analysis of the
evolution of the development of education in Nigeria in relation to the contemporary
women question it seeks to establish the place of girls’ education in the missionary and
government overall plan for the education of Nigerian youth. The objective of the study
is to demonstrate the significant economic, social and political implications of the
government controlled education for women in Nigeria. If women still lag behind in these
three key areas of human development, the history of education has had its own
contributions to make. The primary source of the study is based on archival data in form
of annual and periodic reports, programme of education for boys and girls, statistical
information and relevant government publications.