NON-FORMALEDUCATION AND DISTRICT ASSEMBLY WOMEN’S PARTICIPATION IN LOCAL GOVERNANCE IN NORTHERN SECTOR OF GHANA

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ABSTRACT

Since the United Nations Declaration of the Decade for Women in 1975 following the global

outcry of poor and low participation of women in decision making and in politics in the

1980s, the Government of Ghana with its institutions and international donor agencies and

organisations started increasing their focus on empowering women by providing Non-Formal

Education (NFE) programmes. This was to raise the women’s consciousness and to build

their capacities and skills. The value assumption was that, if women understood their

conditions, knew their rights and learnt new skills, they would be empowered to actively

participate in decision making and public governance in Ghana. It was against this

background that the study was designed to find out the extent to which these NFE

programmes have contributed to the participation of the 2010 cohort of Assembly women in

local governance in Northern sector of Ghana.

To achieve this, the study employed the cross-sectional survey design and with the aid of

questionnaire the primary data was gathered from all the 276 assembly women respondents

of the Upper East, Upper West and BrongAhafo regions) selected out of the four regions of

the Northern sector of Ghana using the simple random sampling technique. The reliability of

the data collection instrument using Cronbach Alpha Coefficient was 0.79.

With the aid of the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS), the data was analyzed

using both descriptive and inferential statistics. The major findings of the study were that, the

NFE programmes irrespective of the form by which the women acquired the skills and

knowledge was positively and significantly related and associated with the women’s

participation in local governance as Assembly members. The influence of the abilities they

acquired from the NFE programmes on the their participation was also significantly

enhanced by the women’s self-interest to participate in the Assembly, Social recognition of

the humanitarian, meritorious and professional services of the women and their families and

their social, economic and political standing in the respective communities as well as the

women’s geo-social setting’s positive perception of their social image - being married,

elderly and or well educated formally. The study outcome also showed a significant positive

relationship between the influence of the NFE programmes and the women’s abilities to

campaign effectively and mobilise funds for their assembly elections activities. This

notwithstanding, the influence of the abilities acquired from the NFE programmes by the

women on their participation in the Assembly’s business was hampered by negative

influence of partisan politics, male dominance in the assembly, poor and irregular attendance

and lack of individual competences in English and in some technical issues of the Assembly.

The recommendations offered for adult education institutions and the Assemblies include the

need to organise programmes alongside the women empowerment ones to conscientise the

custodians of the oppressing socio-cultural and religious beliefs and practices to enhance the

influence of NFE interventions on women’s participation in local level governance as well as

the Assemblies instituting NFE departments tasked to regularly educate, train and update the

women on the changing dynamics and technical issues of the Assembly business to enhance

their conpetences and active participation.

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SSA, R (2021). NON-FORMALEDUCATION AND DISTRICT ASSEMBLY WOMEN’S PARTICIPATION IN LOCAL GOVERNANCE IN NORTHERN SECTOR OF GHANA. Afribary.com: Retrieved April 15, 2021, from https://afribary.com/works/non-formaleducation-and-district-assembly-women-s-participation-in-local-governance-in-northern-sector-of-ghana

MLA 8th

Research, SSA. "NON-FORMALEDUCATION AND DISTRICT ASSEMBLY WOMEN’S PARTICIPATION IN LOCAL GOVERNANCE IN NORTHERN SECTOR OF GHANA" Afribary.com. Afribary.com, 01 Apr. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/non-formaleducation-and-district-assembly-women-s-participation-in-local-governance-in-northern-sector-of-ghana . Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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Research, SSA. "NON-FORMALEDUCATION AND DISTRICT ASSEMBLY WOMEN’S PARTICIPATION IN LOCAL GOVERNANCE IN NORTHERN SECTOR OF GHANA". Afribary.com, Afribary.com, 01 Apr. 2021. Web. 15 Apr. 2021. < https://afribary.com/works/non-formaleducation-and-district-assembly-women-s-participation-in-local-governance-in-northern-sector-of-ghana >.

Chicago

Research, SSA. "NON-FORMALEDUCATION AND DISTRICT ASSEMBLY WOMEN’S PARTICIPATION IN LOCAL GOVERNANCE IN NORTHERN SECTOR OF GHANA" Afribary.com (2021). Accessed April 15, 2021. https://afribary.com/works/non-formaleducation-and-district-assembly-women-s-participation-in-local-governance-in-northern-sector-of-ghana