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GEO00143 - ASSESSMENT OF THE EFFECTS OF AWARENESS LEVEL AND PRACTICE OF ENVIRONME


Abstract

Environmental problems have attracted attention of government, individuals and organizations all over the world. The increase in environmental concerns continued to highlight the influential factors on environmental protection such as environmental behavior, awareness, knowledge and attitude.  This study assesses the level of awareness and practice of environmental management in public schools in Ilorin. Six (6) public schools were selected using a proportional sample size of 10%. 156 questionnaires were administered to respondents using a random sampling technique. The result showed that 34% of the respondents indicated high level of awareness to environmental management, 31% indicated moderate while 35% opined low awareness. Also, the major environmental problem facing the sampled schools are the issue of bad or inadequate toilets facilities. Furthermore, majority of the schools in the area dispose waste by burning which is not environmental friendly. Also 81% of the schools carry out weekly sanitation with 94% of the students participating in the sanitation. In conclusion, majority of schools in the area teach and practice environmental management at various capacities with majority of the schools having dysfunctional toilets. Based on the findings, the following recommendations were made: the school authorities should take proper care of the toilets in the school so as to prevent an outbreak of epidemics and the schools should stop burning waste by adapting better methods of waste disposal.