Publisher: Cross River State College of Education, Akamkpa

Educational Levels Amongst Citizens and Its Impact On Their Participation In Community Based Organization and Rural Development

Asueni Oyaba, Gideon Mudiem Titus, Obele, Reaiman Evans
KEYWORDS: EDUCATIONAL LEVELS AMONGST CITIZENS AND ITS IMPACT ON THEIR PARTICIPATION IN COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATION AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT

ABSTRACT:

This study was carried out to determine the educational level amongst citizens and Its Impact over their participation In community projects through community based organizations (CBO). Two hypotheses were formulated to guide the study (1) That Individual educational Ievel does not have any Influence over their personal decisions to participate In community projects through community based organizations. (2)Rural dwellers prefers projects by(CBO) to government executed projects.The research however proved wrong these hypotheses as such the hypotheses were retained, this Implies that Education Is an essential tool for achieving sustainable development and that public awareness, education, team work and motivation are key to moving society towardsustalnablllty. Three key areas Education directly affectssustalnablllty ofprojects these are Implementation, decision making, quality of life and project protection. Community based organization have different names In different places. They Include, community development associations, united communities, youth movement, among others (BIddle and BIddle, 1968; Agbola 1998). CBO came Into existence due to the collective effort of all and sundry In a particular locality, a governance structure that is sustainable Is established. Membership Is voluntary, non-profit, non-government and highly localized, membership Isplaced on equal level, with a common goalofImproving the economic well being of every member (Abegunde, 2004). CBO's areas oflnfluence don't extend or go beyond their Immediate environments. The study reveals that projects executed by CBO are protected and lastmore than projects executed by the government. The study also reveals that people participation In CBO Is Influenced by their level ofeducation and awareness.


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