FUNCTIONAL EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE GIRL-CHILD
Education is a life-long process through which individuals (male & female) acquire the relevant skills and knowledge which enable them to be useful to themselves and the society. Education is an instrument for change, for transforming individuals, solving personal & societal problems. It is a rostrum on which progress and development stand, everyone, male or female should be given equal access to functional educational progammes. It is the acquisition of skills and knowledge not directed to a specific job or vocation. It is the process of learning and acquiring skills, value and knowledge for person and national development. Education through functional educational programmes is a major way of empowering members of the society especially the youths, more specifically the girl-child to enable her take her rightful position and fulfill her role in the ever changing society. In view of this, the paper tries to explain functional curriculum. It explains why the girl-child needs functional education. The paper explains the challenge of developing functional educational programmes for the girl-child. The paper concludes with recommendations on how to empower/transform the girl-child in overcoming the challenging of 21st century.