Rethinking ABET in the rural areas of the Limpopo Province : establishing criteria for designing relevant adult education programmes
Author(s)Rakoma, Maletsepe Monica
KeywordsAdult education-South Africa-Limpopo
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Abstract(Ph.D) North-West University, Mafikeng Campus, 2006
The dawn of the new era in 1994, in South Africa, brought with it a number of changes,
one of which is education. Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) was seen as a
vehicle to address the alarming rate of illiteracy. This made ABET to become a matter of
great concern in South Africa. Limpopo as one of South Africa's provinces was
earmarked as one of the regions that need thorough redressing and restitution of equality.
This study investigated the type of ABET programmes that are offered . in Limpopo. It
was specifically aimed at establishing the quality criteria that should characterise adult
education programmes in the rural areas of the Limpopo Province.
40 adult educators, 152 adult learners and 12 area coordinators from the Greater
Sekhukhune and Vhembe Districts, in Limpopo, participated in this study. Data was collected through questionnaires, individual and focus group interviews.
It emerged from this study that the focus of the ABET programme, in the Limpopo
Province, is basic read.in g, writing and numeracy skills. The missing element in the
design of relevant adult education is a balance between basic literacy and numeracy skills
and the provision of income-generation programmes and other programmes that equip
adult learners with knowledge, skills, values and competencies that are relevant for the
challenges of the 21 51 century.
On the basis of these findings, it was recommended that an effective needs analysis
procedure should form the basis for the design of relevant adult education programmes in
the rural areas of Limpopo.