Education Journal, Vol. 4, Issue 1, Mar  2021, Pages 25-33; DOI:

Teaching of Family Life Education in A Developing Country: A Case Study of Nigeria

Education Journal, Vol. 4, Issue 1, Mar  2021, Pages 25-33.


Ruth Abosede Inaolaji 1*

1 Education Management Organisation, National Open University of Nigeria, Abuja, Nigeria‎

Received: 31 August 2020; Accepted: 3 October 2020; Published: 17 December 2020

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This study seeks to find the extent to which family life, reproductive health, and population education are interrelated. While each one as specific focus, they also overlap. Family life education is defined by the international planned parenthood federation as  an educational process designed to assist young people in their physical, emotional and moral development as they prepare for adulthood, marriage, parenthood and ageing, as well as social relationship in the socio- cultural context of the family and society. While reproductive health education is describes by UNESCO/UNPFA as education experiences aimed at developing capacity of adolescents to understand their sexuality in the context of biological, psychological, socio- cultural and reproductive dimensions and to acquire skills in managing responsible decisions and actions with regards to sexual and reproductive health behaviors’. In the same vein, population education is defined by UNFPA as the process of helping people understand the nature, causes  and implications of population processes as they affect and are affected by individuals, families, communities and nations. It focuses on family and individual decisions influencing population change at the micro level, as well as on broad demographic changes Population education addresses issues as rapid population growth and scarce resources as well as population decline in light of increasingly elderly population.


Family, Population, Reproductive, Sexuality, Approach, Education


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