oa Mosenodi - Quality university-based Adult education for social change in Africa : the case of Botswana

Volume 14, Issue 1-2
  • ISSN : 1021-559X



This paper argues that, historically, universities have served to select a few individuals that were deemed successful. This highly selective process guarantees them good life and social development. It argues that university education to some extent helped to redress colonial inequities through creating opportunities for employment of graduates. However, it has also facilitated a neo-colonial agenda by serving conflicting roles of adhering to the global capitalist imperative and attempting to inculcate social inclusion in developing nations. The roles of university-based adult education is analyzed - in terms of its curricula, teaching and research - to demonstrate that it has largely straved from its initial concern with social change. Drawing some illustrations from the Department of Adult Education at the University of Botswana, the paper argues that the programme has a lot of potential to go beyond serving state interests to exploit academic freedom to serve the interests of the excluded. Finally, it is suggested that university-based adult education should pursue asocial change agenda by facilitating community mobilisation, strengthening civil society and rethinking curriculum development and teaching in higher education.

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