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ERIC Number: EJ874270
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0790-8040
Citizenship, Education and Governance in a Global Context
Naidoo, Kumi
Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, p11-25 2005
Two decades ago an adult who was innumerate and illiterate was considered to be at a great disadvantage in terms of navigating the challenges of individual personal growth and in terms of being able to participate actively in public life. However, today adults who are computer illiterate are considered to be at a similar disadvantage. The sad reality of civic education and education more broadly is that today, while a minority of the world's citizens speed off on the information superhighway, the majority, especially in developing countries, remain in potholes of disadvantage and exclusion from public deliberation and active democratic participation. Compounding matters further is the reality that in a world of constrained resources for education, adult education, long the distant cousin of the broader educational family, remains badly under-funded in most societies around the world. Sadly, many policy makers in developing and developed countries alike use a crude cost-benefit analysis to justify investment in children's education at the expense of adult education. This educational deficit has serious consequences for educational development generally and for the attainment of participatory democracy in particular. This challenge is all the more acute given the deepening democratic deficit that now reigns supreme in many countries around the world. In this article, the author explores citizenship, education and governance in a global context. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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