Chapter One - A Social History of Education in Northern Nigeria
Affiliation: Department of History. University of Maiduguri. Borno State, Nigeria
Keywords: Nigeria, Social History, Culture, Education, Challenges and Solutions
Categories: News and Views, Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
The social history of education in Northern Nigeria is a multifaceted subject that examines the impact of social and cultural factors on the development of education in the region. This study explores the dynamics that shaped the evolution of education in Northern Nigeria from pre-colonial times to the present day, with a particular focus on the socio-economic, political, and cultural factors that influenced the nature of educational provision and access. The study draws on a wide range of sources to illuminate the complex relationships between education, colonialism, and social change. It shows how education was used as a tool for social control and how it became a site of resistance and contestation during periods of political upheaval. The study highlights the challenges faced by education, including inadequate funding, a shortage of qualified teachers, and a lack of infrastructure; and proffer some recommendations. Overall, the social history of education in Northern Nigeria provides a rich and nuanced perspective on the complex and dynamic interplay between education and society in one of Africa's most important regions.