ERIC Number: EJ717833
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 39
Barriers to Participation in Adult Literacy Programs in Kenya
Muiru, John; Mukuria, Gathogo
Adult Basic Education: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Adult Literacy Educational Planning, v15 n2 p85-102 Sum 2005
To compete internationally, adapt to new technologies, and attain higher levels of efficiency and productivity, a country needs a highly literate populace. However, in Kenya, literacy stands at less than 65% of the population. With such a low rate of literacy, most development is hampered. In order for Kenya to make progress in political, social, and economic development, the level of literacy has to be raised. This paper makes an important contribution in the promotion of adult literacy in Kenya and other parts of the world by identifying and discussing the pertinent barriers to participation in adult literacy programs. Barriers such as the lack of adequate resources, poverty, the HIV/AIDS pandemic, gender disparities, traditionalism, and the absence of a literacy environment are discussed. The paper also makes suggestions on how the effects of these barriers can be mitigated.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Economic Development, Adult Literacy, Gender Differences, Poverty, Literacy Education
Commission on Adult Basic Education. Tel: 315-422-9121; Web site: http://www.coabe.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kenya