International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Schooling and Human Capital Development in Agro-Based Rural Economy in Southern Benue, Nigeria
AMALI, Ismaila O.O.

This paper examines the concepts and consequences of schooling, human capital development and their implications for economic development in the agro-based rural communities of Southern Benue, Nigeria. It examines and analyses the effects of schooling on human capital development in the first instances and the resources for sustaining economic production in the agro-based rural community economy that relies heavily on human work force or input rather than equipments in the second place. These would require the examination of: The role of schooling in economic development in the rural community especially in growth and development of quality of life. The effects of investing human capital to schooling on the rural community and on the production of goods and scarce commodity and the implications of schooling and human capital development for the economic and social development of the rural areas in Southern Benue. Further, it makes suggestions for a way forward and recommends that schooling should bring about economic and social change that would enhance productivity and large scale production of scarce commodities in the rural communities. A study like this would give useful perspectives into problems of schooling and human capital development which requires to be addressed to solve the economic and social problems prevalent in the rural communities in Southern Benue in particular, and Nigeria in general.

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