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Resources on Adult Education in Africa

The African Perspectives on Adult Learning series was conceived and funded by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning and the Institute for International Cooperation of the German Adult Education Association (dvv international).
UNESCO Developing Programmes for Adult Learners in AfricaThe book identifies quantitative, qualitative and multi-method approaches, and is based upon existing research methods teaching in Africa. It is grounded in African adult education contexts and draws on material and experiences from research courses taught in African universities. It emphasises the importance of combining quantitative methods with qualitative research that is embedded in adult education contexts and that builds on indigenous knowledge. Examples of the contexts addressed in the book include: village communities, agriculture development workers, literacy and income generation projects, community policing strategies, brigades, vocational training centres, mass health awareness campaigns such as HIV/AIDS, work-based education and training, management development, needs analyses, and the training of adult education trainers.
UNESCO Foundations of Adult Learning in AfricaThis book presents key concepts, information and principles that should underlie the practice of adult education in African contexts. It assumes that adult educators should have a historical perspective on the current educational context, understand how the colonial experience has impacted on indigenous traditions and be aware of the philosophical underpinnings of adult education activities. The chapters introduce the foundations and the history of adult education in Africa; philosophy and adult education; socio-cultural, political and economic environments; opportunities and access for adult learners; gender and development in adult education; adult education as a developing profession; information and communication technology; globalisation and adult education; policies and structures of lifelong learning.
UNESCO Management of Adult Education Organisations in AfricaAdult education is now considered a mainstream academic discipline in several African countries, and its importance in today’s knowledge and “ideas” economies is growing steadily. It is provided by organisations such as public universities, training colleges, corporate universities and employers. The successful operation of educational organisations requires sound leadership and management. Management of Adult Education Organisations in Africa examines African perspectives of managerial leadership, highlighting the importance of management in the design and effective delivery of adult education programmes.

Making explicit reference to African models and understandings of management, chapters in Management of Adult Education Organisations in Africa include a set of learning objectives, definitions of key terms and clearly written summaries of the essential information and discussion points. Additional activities, case studies and suggested reading material help to provide a complete resource for students of management in an adult education context. The book will have special appeal to those wishing to learn about and embark on an educational management career. It will also be a useful reference source to those who are already in positions of management and leadership of educational organisations.
UNESCO The Psychology of Adult Learning in AfricaPresenting psychology as an applied discipline that can help adult educators to be more effective in their work, this book analyses the cultural factors that influence the characteristics, behaviour and thinking of adult learners. It emphasises the collective orientation of African cultures and the view of the self in terms of interdependent relationships within a community. The chapters provide an introduction to the psychology of adult learning and address the following: characteristics of adult learning; life span development; human motivation and participation; learning styles; facilitating adult learning; and guidance and counselling of adult learners.
UNESCO The Social Context of Adult Learning in AfricaNo download available. Off-site link to partial content only.
This book examines how adult education is influenced by and has an influence on the society in which it takes place. It presents a clear analysis of the development challenges and sociological realities of the adult education context, which is essential if educators are to help African countries and communities achieve their developmental goals. The ten chapters in this book address the following issues as they impact on adult education: development and social change; community; rate, ethnicity and religion; social class and gender; empowerment; democracy; health and HIV/AIDS; poverty and debt; globalisation and the environment.
UNESCO Research Methods for Adult Educators in AfricaNo download available. Publication information link only.
This book explores existing research paradigms, presents African counter-arguments and examples, and proposes methodologies more appropriate for African contexts. The emphasis is on African realities, values and ways of knowing. The chapters address contexts for adult education research in Africa; philosophical and theoretical perspectives and their implications for research; doing a literature review; getting started with a research proposal; quantitative research designs and carrying out surveys; analysing data; the nature of qualitative research; conducting qualitative studies; combining qualitative and quantitative methods; research ethics; action research; feminist research; and writing up and disseminating research.
UNESCO Fondements et philosophie de l education des adultes en Afrique UNESCO Socio-psychologie de l education des adultes en AfriqueThis book presents key concepts, information and principles to support the practice of adult education in African contexts. The authors introduce the foundations and the history of adult education in Africa and discuss the philosophy of adult education, its socio-cultural, political and economic environments, opportunities and access for adult learners, gender and development in adult education, adult education as a developing profession, the role of information and communications technology, how globalization impacts on adult education, and policies and structures of lifelong learning.
UNESCO Socio-psychologie de l education des adultes en AfriqueThis book analyses the cultural factors that influence the characteristics, behaviour and thinking of adult learners from the perspective of psychology. It emphasizes the collective orientation of African cultures and the view of the self vis- à-vis interdependent relationships within a community. The chapters provide an introduction to the psychology of adult learning and address the following themes: characteristics of adult learning; lifespan development; human motivation and participation; learning styles; facilitating adult learning; and guidance and counselling of adult learners.

Resources on the General History of Africa

The General History of Africa series was produced by UNESCO. This groundbreaking work was the first of its type to present the entire history of the African continent. The collection sheds light on the pre-colonial era and interweaves Africa’s destiny with the rest of humanity’s, examining its interaction with other continents and the role of Africans in the dialogue between civilizations. The entire collection is published in eight volumes:
General History of Africa Vol 1This volume outlines the sources and materials from which African history has been constructed and describes the research methodology employed by historians. It also deals with the development of prehistoric art and early agricultural techniques in the different regions of the continent.
General History of Africa Vol 2This volume covers the period from the end of the Neolithic era to the beginning of the seventh century of our era. This period of some 9,000 years of history has been sub-divided into four major geographical zones, following the pattern of African historical research. The chapters cover the corridor of the Nile, Egypt and Nubia, Ethiopian highlands, Magrhib and its Saharan hinterland, the rest of Africa as well as some of the islands of the Indian Ocean.
General History of Africa Vol 3This volume deals with the interactions between the new civilization, with its substantial religious component, African cultural traditions and the Bantu expansion, which changed the demographic and language map of central and southern Africa.
General History of Africa Vol 4This volume outlines the development of the great empires and kingdoms (Mali, Songhay, Almohads, etc.), the expansion of Islam, the extension of trading relations, cultural exchanges and human contacts; the development of kingdoms and empires.
General History of Africa Vol 5_Part1This period is marked by the end of the great indigenous empires and the early contacts with Europeans. The system of exploitation of Africa�s human resources by Europe and America known as the slave trade was put in place and lasted throughout these three centuries.
General History of Africa Vol 5_Part2Part 2 of Volume 5 which is divided due to file size limits.
General History of Africa Vol 6Major revolutions took place in Africa during this period: the Mfecane in southern Africa and the Islamic revolutions in West Africa resulted in the emergence of new States. This volume examines the major forces at work in African society at the beginning of the century, Africa's changing role in the world economy, new trends and processes, and the effects of the abolition of the slave trade.
General History of Africa Vol 7Africa was partitioned and colonized by the Europeans. After military conquest came the commercial exploitation of the wealth of Africa. The intensity of resistance to colonization varied from one region to another, but a new economic and social system linked with colonization was put in place, bringing about unprecedented demographic and political change.
General History of Africa Vol 8This volume examines the period from 1935 to the present day. As liberation from colonial rule progresses, the political, economic and cultural dimensions of the continent are analysed. The main aspects of the ideals, expectations ans struggles that forges the history of contemporary Africa are also outlined.