Joseph Dominic Ukah, Matthew Abiodun Michael, Akus Yakubu


The study examined the influence of poverty and educational level on girl-child via their political participation in Ondo North Education Senatorial District of Ondo State, Nigeria. Three research questions guided the study. A descriptive survey research design was adopted. A sample size of 363 Senior Secondary School (SSS) 3 female students was adopted. A questionnaire was the instrument used for data collection. Mean and standard deviation were used to answer the research questions. The findings of the study revealed that most of the poor children, especially the girl-children whose parents are farmers find it difficult to receive necessary support from them. This invariably affects their education and socio-political involvement in the society. Girl-child civic engagement was limited and influenced by poverty and the level of their educational attainment as revealed by the study. The study recommended among others that government should encourage farmers to go into massive production to enable them generate enough income that would help them support their children adequately while in school. This would help to reduce poverty level and increase their political participation. additionally, Children Press should be encouraged to stimulate passion and reactions from children on their views over social and political matters.


Influence, poverty, educational level, girl-child and politics

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