The Role of Adult Education in Women's Empowerment

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National Report on the Development and State of the Art of Adult Learning and Education in Botswana

Ministry of Education and Skills Development

2008

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FOREWORD

Honourable Jacob D. Nkate Minister of Education and Skills Development The Fifth International Conference on Adult Learning and Education (CONFINTEA V) has motivated the nation of Botswana to accelerate its effort in the provision of adult learning and education. That kind of action was necessary because we firmly believe that we must provide the best education for all the people of Botswana. The Government of Botswana did so by embarking upon policy reforms and by purposely reviewing actions and strategies aimed at meeting the goals set out in the two documents that were the major outcomes of CONFINTEA V, namely; The Hamburg Declaration on Adult Learning and Education and The Agenda for the Future. The Declaration provided a general statement of commitment to adult education as the key to the 21st Century and the attainment of sustainable and equitable development. The Agenda for the Future sets out in detail how this commitment to the new conception of adult learning could be converted into specific activities. This report is being prepared within the context of these important documents. It, therefore, summarises some of the major developments in adult learning and education since 1997. Particular attention is paid to the humble achievements and challenges encountered in promoting adult learning and education within the framework of lifelong learning for all Batswana. Whilst we may not have achieved all the goals that we aimed to record, we note with appreciation that we have achieved some successes worth noting. Some of these achievements include a national literacy rate of 81%, re-orientation of our curriculum to improve the standard of adult learning and education, provision of opportunities for learners to acquire work related skills as well as promote greater participation in adult learning and education. We have also re-structured our system as a way of improving service delivery. With all these developments and many others that have been highlighted in this report, we look forward to the next twelve years with enthusiasm and confidence that we may in future be counted among the nations in the world that have been able to cultivate and sustain effective learning for the knowledge societies of the 21st Century.

Jacob D Nkate Honourable Minister of Education& Skills Development Acknowledgements

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Acknowledgements
This report has been the combined initiatives and efforts of many people and organisations that we could not all acknowledge fully due to the constraints of space. Nonetheless, we need to acknowledge some of such individuals and organisations that played a key role in the process of compiling this report. Among such key persons are; Professor Bagele Chilisa of the Department of Educational Foundations of the University of Botswana for the well received keynote address. We owe our gratitude to the government ministries; government agencies; representatives of the private sector and the non-governmental organisations who participated and contributed ideas, and also those who provided guidance from the inception of the consultation process to the writing of this report, for without their support this assignment would not have been successful Finally, we thank the Department of Adult Education of the University of Botswana whose team of consultants, led by the Head of Department, Professor Akpovire Oduaran and Drs Tonic Maruatona, Rebecca Lekoko, Matthew Gboku compiled this report.

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FOREWORD ............................................................................................................................................ 2 Acknowledgements................................................................................................................................... 2 LIST OF...
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