ERIC Number: ED215142
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
The Nature of Adult and Continuing Education in Nigeria with Special Reference to Sokoto.
Mattimore-Knudson, Russell S.
There are three major kinds of adult education in Nigeria today--traditional adult education, formal adult education, and Islamic adult education. Because it is the form of adult education most promoted by the government, formal adult education is the most dominant approach found in Nigeria. A look at Nigeria's national policy on education indicates that educational leaders in Nigeria view adult and continuing education as a panacea for the present and future ills of Nigeria. To implement adult education throughout the country, policy-makers have formulated a number of approaches. Included among these are (1) adopting mandatory continuing education; (2) adapting individual literacy programs to fit given cultural and sociological conditions; (3) creating national, state, and local inservice programs; (4) developing a National Service Program that is a cross between Vista and military scholarship programs; and (5) establishing national commissions for adult education in each state to coordinate activities. There are, however, a number of barriers to successful implementation of such programs, including corruption, conflicts between traditional Islamic beliefs and western educational practices, existing class structures, and the current totalitarian administration of Nigeria's educational program. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Literacy, Change Strategies, Compulsory Education, Continuing Education, Educational History, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Philosophy, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Inservice Education, Lifelong Learning, Muslims, Needs Assessment, Nonformal Education, Program Administration, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Religious Factors, Volunteers
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: National Service Program (Nigeria); Nigeria
Note: Paper presented at the Illinois Adult and Continuing Education Association Conference (Springfield, IL, April 14-16, 1982).