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International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research  
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Challenges Of Utilising Child-Friendly Public Spaces In Ilorin, Nigeria

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Abubakar-Kamar Aisha Tayo, Mohd Hisyam bin Rashidi, Ismail Bin Said



Public spaces; Child-Friendly; Social development; Psychological development.



Public spaces are essential for the social and psychological development of children since informal learning, attitudinal and behavioural formation occur in such areas. However, most public spaces in Nigeria are incapable of nurturing the socio-psychological development of children. This is ascribed to numerous challenges, which prevent children from adequately using designated public spaces. Therefore, this study examined the various challenges that hamper the use of child-friendly public spaces in Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria. The methodology adopted survey research design, 114 respondents (57 adults and 57 children) were randomly selected from different locations in Ilorin. The quantitative data were analysed through descriptive and inferential techniques. The results indicated that public spaces in Ilorin lack the basic architectural landscape element required to facilitate the socio-psychological development of children. In addition, it was observed that existing public spaces are not adequately reserved for children, while most are overtaken by the adults who use the spaces for assemblies or businesses. Hence, the existing public spaces are unsuitable due to the lack of basic architectural landscape element required to enable the socio-psychological development of children.



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