Eradicating rural illiteracy through adult education programmes in Lagos State, Nigeria

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Yinusa, O
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Department of Lifelong and Continuing Education, University of Lagos, Nigeria
Rural communities are faced with diverse problems that hinder their growth and development as a result of their level of illiteracy; for example, illiteracy has reduced the quality of living standard, in fact, it has worsened the hope of survival owing to problems such as lack of access to basic education, schools, dearth of social amenities and ignorance. This study therefore, examined adult education programmes as a means of eradicating rural illiteracy in Lagos State, Nigeria. The study adopted descriptive survey research design of “ex-post-facto” type. The population of the study consists of rural inhabitant of Kosofe local government area. Simple random sampling technique was employed to select a sample size of two hundred (200) respondents. Four research questions were answered; and one hypothesis was tested to guide the findings of the study. Structured questionnaire was used as instrument for data collection and was validated by experts. The reliability coefficient of 0.97 was obtained for the instrument. The data collected were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistic of chi-square (χ 2 ) to test the hypotheses at 0.05 significance level. The outcome of the study revealed that; there is a significant difference between adult education programmes and reduction of rural illiteracy. The study concluded and recommended that; to eradicate illiteracy among adults in the rural communities, literacy education which comprises of basic and post literacy education as well as empowerment education need to be adequately provided so as to prevent the possibility of participants relapsing to illiteracy and equally raise their standard of living for personal and community development.
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Strategies , Eradication , Rural illiteracy , Adult education , Programmes , Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Education
Yinusa,O. (2018). Eradicating Rural Illiteracy through Adult Education Programmes in Lagos State, Nigeria. Journal of Educational Thought, Vol.7(1), 136-150pp.