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International Journal of Life Science and Engineering, Vol.1, No.4, Sep. 2015, Pub. Date: Jul. 20, 2015
Basic Education is Fundamental to Climate Change Adaptation in Dryland Communities: Case Study of Kabobi Village of Katsina State, Nigeria
Pages: 192-201 Views: 3068 Downloads: 917
Authors
[01] Muhammad Nuraddeen Danjuma, Department of Geography, Faculty of Earth and Environmental Science, Bayero University Kano, Kano, Nigeria.
[02] Mansur Abdul Mohammed, Department of Geography, Faculty of Earth and Environmental Science, Bayero University Kano, Kano, Nigeria.
Abstract
In spite of global commitments to universal basic education, numerous objectives of such universal initiatives have not been achieved yet in many developing countries. Among such objectives that are rarely achieved through basic education is environmental education and notably climate change which our respondents in Kabobi Village of Katsina State showed less knowledge of. The aim of the study was to examine the role of basic education on climate change adaptation in the area. For that purpose, a list consisting of 102 respondents who possess basic education in the area as in National Policy on Education 2004 was compiled by a local resident who was employed as field assistant. The respondents were stratified based on their levels of basic education i.e non-formal literacy, primary and junior secondary levels as classified in the National Policy on Education. The respondents were served with questionnaires of 15 semi structured questions. Considering their different levels of basic education, knowledge of climate change and adaptation were obtained and processed and the results varied markedly. Result of the study indicated that about 67% of the respondents possess non formal education. These results suggest that basic education is key to climate change adaptation in developing countries such as Nigeria as virtually most adaptive strategies are age long insufficient ones that should be revised through education. The study therefore recommended that similar studies of climate change education should be sponsored so as to have vast knowledge on the concept and how it is perceived by the local people for target interventions and empowerment. This can be achieved through enhanced linkages among government agencies, tertiary institutions, research institutions, and financial houses, international as well as community stake holders.
Keywords
Basic Education, Climate Change Adaptation, Drylands, Kabobi Village, Nigeria
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