International Council for Education, Research and Training

Relevance of Savitribai Phule’s Ideas in OTME-industry Partnership for Female Students Empowerment in Federal College of Education (Technical) Akoka, Yaba, Lagos State

Nwosu, E. Nancy (Mrs) Maben
Office Technology and Management Department, Federal College of Education (Technical),
Akoka, Lagos


The study was poised to relevance of Savitribai Phule’s ideas in OTME-industry partnership for female students’ empowerment in Federal College of Education (Technical) Akoka, Yaba, Lagos state. Savitribai Phule’s ideas create human awareness to deal with societal problems and bring equality with social change at the face of society which exhibits submissive behaviour, lack of social awareness, inhuman approach towards casteism, untouched ability, child exploitation, corruption and issues about reservation policies, religious discrepancy and power imbalance leading to social discrimination. Academic activities of Office Technology and Management Education (OTME) are not confined in the classrooms in the college, however, close cooperation between the department of OTME and various organisations in order to establish strong partnership towards the achievement of economic development, especially in light of the rapid pace of changes in the individual’s environment; including technological development, speedy services and openness to foreign markets that help them adapt to their environment and contribute to the settlement of their problems and their societies. The study found out that, one of the Savitribai Phule’s ideas was that an industrial department should be attached to the schools where children could learn useful trades and crafts and be able to manage their lives comfortably and independently. This suggests regular industrial training alongside with academic work which the college term Students’ Industrial Work Experience Scheme (S.I.W.E.S) which is run in partnership with cooperating organizations. However, with the Savitribai’s idea, female students should be mentored and monitored during and after S.I.W.E.S to ensure that, they become self-reliant even after graduation from the college and as such become employers of labour. The study recommended that, microfinance banks and other financial institutions charged with the responsibility of funding small businesses should be encouraged to work in partnership to fund OTME female graduates with good and viable business ideas so as to create more jobs in the society.

Keywords: Savitribai Phule, Office Technology and Management Education (OTME), OTMEindustry partnership and female students’ empower

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