n Journal of Emerging Trends in Educational Research and Policy Studies - Capacity building through adult education programmes for poverty aleviation in Nigerian communities

Volume 6, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 2141-6990
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The sustainability of any development depends on good capacity. Education is one of the principle activities to achieve sustainable development. This means any country that has an intense desire for sustainable development must be committed to a holistic and humanistic vision of quality education, the realization of everyone's right to education and the belief that education plays a fundamental role in human, social and economic development. It is through education (functional one) that everyone can respond adequately to contemporary challenges. Responding to contemporary challenges means building the capacity of individuals through education to face such challenges(http://www.unescoorg). Poverty is ravaging the nooks and cranny of not only Nigeria but also many countries over the world. Nigeria is one of the third world nations where a good proportion of the largest poorest citizens live(Millennium summit 2000). So many attempts and efforts have been made by Nigerian government to reduce poverty in an effort to improve the lifestyles of people; but one still discovers that these attempts and efforts are yet to yield the best of results. To break the circle of poverty or at the best reduce poverty among the people, education must play a major role in building the capacity of the people. It is evidently not possible for every community member in Nigerian society to become literate through formal education, this is why Adult education should be prioritized to provide literacy education and skill training while addressing the need for an integrated functional literacy or livelihood training programmes that encompass critical areas of adult education such as civic, cultural or environmental education or the broad field of continuing education. This is to equip learners or establish a livelihood or carry out economic activities after they have completed a course of training. For poverty reduction and sustainable development to be achieved by any country therefore, there is the great need for increasing equity and access to education, there is also the need to ensure that education develops knowledge and skills in all areas to the extent that people are empowered to shake off the shackles of poverty. This paper examines the importance of adult education programmes in poverty reduction in Nigeria.

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