An Assessment of Literacy Needs of Rural Women in Akoko South West Area of Ondo State, Nigeria

Bola Margaret Tunde-Awe, Stephen Billy Olajide

Abstract


The study assessed the literacy needs of rural women in Akoko South West area of Ondo State, Nigeria. The descriptive survey research was adopted for the study. The purposive sampling technique was used to select six out of the nine towns in the local government. A total of 250 women respondents constituted the population. The self-designed research instrument used to gather the data was adjudged adequate and valid by specialists in Women Studies. The data collected was analysed with both descriptive and inferential statistics. The result of the study revealed that majority of the respondents are aged between 30 and 39 (40.4%); majority of them (48.4%) had SSCE as their highest educational qualification. Their occupation was majorly farming (52.5%) and a total of 70% of them were married. Also, it was revealed that agricultural literacy is needed to a very large extent by the respondents (X2=72.992, df=2, p < 0.05). It was equally revealed that the respondents needed information literacy to a very large extent (X2 = 72.728, df=2,p <0.05). On the basis of these findings it was recommended among others that government
should ensure that rural women have access to loans, fertilizers and other agricultural inputs that can increase their farm produce. Also, government should create awareness of information literacy and enhance information sources so that rural women can have access to information in every aspect of their endeavours.

Keywords: assessment, literacy needs, rural women.


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