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Sixty years of university-based education in Ghana: challenges and prospects of making transition into a lifelong learning institution

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Within the last decade, adult education has faced significant challenges in terms of its relevance to socio-economic development as it sought to define itself through many international conferences. In spite of these re-conceptualisations, adult education continues to be relegated to the periphery, and therefore lacks the needed funding to play a key role in national development. This paper traces the history of university-based adult education in Ghana. The paper examines how various conceptualisations of adult education have affected university-based adult education in Ghana. Within the context of globalisation and the progression towards knowledge-based society, the paper discusses adult and continuing education as lifelong learning and explains how the Institute of Continuing and Distance Education could transforming itself into a university-based lifelong learning institution.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Institute of Continuing and Distance Education, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana

Publication date: April 1, 2012

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