oa Mosenodi - Needed research for the improvement of adult basic education in Botswana
Central to the successful planning and implementation of adult basic education in Botswana is the research process itself. The initiation of Botswana's First National Survey on Literacy in 1993 under the aegis of the Central Statistics Office and the Department of Non-Formal Education of the Ministry of Education provides relevant data and information with research implications. The Report of the First National Survey on Literacy raises many issues that deserve research attention. This paper has therefore attempted to synthesize the issues for exploration by all that seek to contribute towards the improvement of adult basic education in Botswana, using the research strategy. If we really aim at achieving any meaningful result in the process of ensuring that every Motswana is made literate within the shortest time possible, we must direct research at hitherto unexplored areas in adult basic education provision. It is true that research has never been lacking in the area of adult basic education as far as Botswana is concerned. What has been lacking is sustained research and the initiation of experiments based on research findings and then the projection of the same into policy and action. It is anticipated that we would be making significant contribution to the improvement of adult education in Botswana if we can clearly identify aspects of the programme to which we need to direct research efforts in an attempt to improve policy and practice.
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