Authors Note: I am majoring in Adult Education. This a short essay I wrote some semesters ago.Thought I should share.
ADULT EDUCATION: A ROAD TO DEVELOPMENT?
When a lot of people hear ‘Adult education’ they imagine adults learning to read and write. That is known as adult literacy and it is just a little aspect of adult education. In my first year at the university, I learnt new definitions for Education and Development. I learnt that both Education and development are defined as ‘acquisition of knowledge, skills and attitudes to manipulate available resources in order to improve our quality of life’. For the longest time emphasis has been placed on the said future generation but I think improving the quality of adults will inadvertently affect the future generation. Adults in the society are those who can make immediate changes that will transform Ghana in the next 60 years thus its prudent to focus on them and in the long run achieve development. The future of Ghana and its transformation begins with Adult education.
Adult education would focus on helping adults to acquire active knowledge that will help them to actively make better decisions in terms of trying to deal with corruption and bad governance. Literacy and Computer literacy education will leave citizens in Ghana ready and capable to share their practical ideas to solve national problems themselves. A great deal of public seminars, workshops ,discussions, talks, lectures, symposia should be organised regularly and continuously such that Ghanaians will have current information and thoughts on all matters affecting the county. Regular self improvement courses organised will ensure that workers in both the private and public sectors acquire modern and feasible ideas to further improve themselves such that it affects Ghana’s development.
The practice of adult education will lead to “manipulation of resources to improve their lives.” In other words, knowledge and skills acquired from learning will lead to technological creation and advancement. Educational programmes will help create technology that suits the Ghanaian social context and climate while directly making use of the available resources in Ghana like agricultural produce(cassava, mushrooms etc.), waste and so on. Thereby creating affordable Ghanaian made commodities, jobs and economic stability. These modern and cost effective technology would help in areas where Ghana is facing problems associated with health, agriculture, transportation, sanitation and communication.
Adult education also focuses on entrepreneurship and innovative ways of solving problems. Educational programmmes in the formal , semi-formal, non formal schools(vocational and technical) must be readily applicable and encourage the youth to create and manage their own businesses. Adult education must be liberal as possible, allowing students to learn a wide range of courses. Entrepreneurship skills, creativity and innovation courses should be actively provided and the youth who are engaged in their own businesses should be encouraged by award schemes and financial support from governmental agencies. This will encourage more Ghanaians to create employment for themselves and others in all industrial sectors.
Adult Education should be the priority of every developing country because the transformation begins now.