Strategies for Enhancing The Environmental Awareness of Home-Makers in Enugu State: Implication for Environmental Education


ESIOBU, Obiamaka M.


Environmental education, pollution, water pollution, population growth, women, Nigeria, Enugu State


This study dealt with strategies for enhancing the environmental awareness of home-makers in Enugu State. lt sought answers to the following research questions:

(1) To what extent are home-makers in Enugu State aware of their environment?
(2) What are the environmental education needs of home-makers in Enugu State?
(3) What delivery systems could be employed to extend environmental education to the home-makers in Enugu State.

The population for the study was made upof home-makers in Enugu State. A sample of a hundred. and sixty (160) home-makers was randomly selected from Nsukka and Enugu urban. The instrument for data collection was a questionnaire. Data collection was carried out by the researcher and trained research assistants. Data were analysed using descriptive statistics (frequencies, mean, standard deviation) and chi-square analysis. The major findings inciude:

1. home-makers are aware of:
(i) 60% of the componerts of environment;
(ii) 54.5% of the causes of environmental degradation
(iii) 40% of consequences of environmental degradation.

2. the environmental awareness of the home-makers in Enugu State is significantly independent of their educational status as well as their family size and the type of house they occupy.

3. Ninèteen (19) important environmental education concepts needed by home-makers were identified.

4. Nineteen (19) delivery systems through which environmental education can be extended to home-makers were revealed.

Based on the findings of the study, seven (7) recommendations for enhancing the environmental awareness of home-makers were made .


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