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Youth voice in Nigerian school-based management committees


Umar, Bashiru Bako and Krauss, Steven Eric and Abu Samah, Asnarulkhadi and Abdul Hamid, Jamaliah (2017) Youth voice in Nigerian school-based management committees. International Journal of Education & Literacy Studies, 5 (1). pp. 86-93. ISSN 2202-9478


In Nigeria, School-Based Management Committees (SBMCs) aim to provide an opportunity for all stakeholders, particularly the vulnerable groups in the school’s host communities such as young people and women to partake in school governance. Research on the experiences of youth voice in the committees is scant, however, as much of the existing literature on SBMCs focuses on program outcomes. Using qualitative research interviews, observations, and document analysis, this study addressed this gap by exploring how youth participate and express themselves in two SBMCs in Niger State, Nigeria. The findings, which were derived from 19 youth and adult participants, were drawn from SBMC members out of which 12 were youth between the ages 13 and 25, while 7 were adults aged 40 and above. The participants revealed that youth committee members expressed their voice in the committees through participating in a number of committee activities. Specifically, the youth participated in decision-making during meetings, aided in the construction of committee projects, undertook administrative/managerial functions and monitored the committee’s projects. They also participated in revenue generation, planning, school visits and supervision, advocacy, and sensitization campaigns.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Educational Studies
Institute for Social Science Studies
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.7575/aiac.ijels.v.5n.1p.86
Publisher: Australian International Academic Centre
Keywords: Youth voice; School-based management; Youth-adult partnership
Depositing User: Mohd Hafiz Che Mahasan
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2018 04:19
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2019 01:04
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/63738
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