Leadership Role of Adult Education Departments in the Practice of Adult Education in Nigeria: 1990-2010

Idowu Biao (University of Botswana, Botswana)
Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 50
EISBN13: 9781466695030|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8589-5.ch002
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This chapter briefly describes the challenges faced by the Nigerian education system as from 1983 after it had performed well between 1960 and 1980. It follows this description with the discussion of the innovative and ingenious educational devise that kept about one third of the number of school age children and youths in school between 1990 and the early part of the 21st century. That innovative educational sub-system was known as non-formal education for the Girl-Child, the out-of-school boy and Quranic school learners and it was developed, nurtured and implemented by academic personnel drawn from the eight existing university departments of adult education in Nigeria at the time. The chapter finally discusses how these departments of adult education worked for the establishment of national structures of adult education which ultimately came to promote both the visibility and popularisation of the modern practice of adult education in Nigeria from the 1980s.
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