Community Education and Poverty Reduction in Nigeria

By Joshua Olusola Akande.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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The poverty reduction initiatives taken so far in Nigeria remain inadequate with unsatisfactory and unimpressive results. After clarifying basic concepts in the work the paper raises some fundamental issues attributable to the weakness of past poverty reduction initiatives. As a precondition for a realistic anti-poverty agenda, emphasis is laid on the essence of encouraging the already discouraged poor to participate in the poverty reduction programmes’ implementation and sustenance. To this end, the paper stresses the need to foster community education. The study holds the view that community education can offer invaluable assistance in mobilizing human and material community resources for poverty reduction initiatives to thrive.

Keywords: Community Education, Poverty, Poverty Reduction, Community Participation

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 8, Issue 6, pp.171-178. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 562.654KB).

Dr. Joshua Olusola Akande

Senior Lecturer, Department of Continuing Education, Faculty of Education, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun, Nigeria

Joshua Olusola Akande holds Ph.D. degree in Adult Education (Community Development) from University of Ibadan, Nigeria. The focus of his research is Community Development which is fostered mainly through Adult Education. He holds that through adult education, citizens are transformed who in turn transform the communities by effectively participating in community development projects resulting in overall development of the community. Dr. Joshua Olusola Akande is a family man, a religious and community leader. He has published widely in reputable national and international academic journals.

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