Covid-19 Pandemic and the Girl Child Education: The Case of Nigeria and South Africa

Ebes Aziegbe-Esho, Adebukola E. Oyewunmi, Grietjie Verhoef

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Abstract

The Covid-19 pandemic has not only radically affected lives and ways of living but has wreaked havoc on education systems globally. United Nations estimates that over 1.6 billion students worldwide have been affected by school closures that were necessitated by the pandemic. Although learning and teaching continued virtually in various countries, the challenges of this new mode of education were more burdensome in some countries than in others. While studies on the impact of the pandemic on education and gender inequalities have been conducted, few have focused specifically on the impact of the pandemic on girl child education. This chapter discusses the impact of the pandemic on girl child education in Africa. Although the authors present the cases of two of Africa’s biggest economies, Nigeria and South Africa, the recommendations for research and policy presented will undoubtedly prove useful to other countries on the continent and improve education generally.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGendered Perspectives on Covid-19 Recovery in Africa
Subtitle of host publicationTowards Sustainable Development
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages93-109
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783030881528
ISBN (Print)9783030881511
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2022

Keywords

  • Africa
  • Covid-19
  • Gender disparity
  • Girl-child education
  • Pandemic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences

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