Matthew Atinyo comments on the article “How adult education can save your life”
Matthew Atinyo is the Chairmen of Pamoja, Ghana
The author appears to have made a startling discovery that improvements in health are better achieved through adult education on lifestyle and the behaviour of citizens rather that the construction of curative health systems. He illustrates the assertion with the fact that: “Around 90% of Type 2 diabetes can be avoided through education about good food and combatting sedentary lives”. However the World Health Organization (WHO) formalized its commitment to primary healthcare (PHC) in 1978, when it was identified as central to the achievement of the goal of “Health for All” and as a key instrument for improving health throughout the world (WHO, 1978).
The fact that Adult Education can contribute to rapid amelioration and eventual eradiation of the major problems of the world is well documented. Two quick examples.
Two major factors contribute to perpetuate the state of affairs.
To provide an illustration of the failure of state to implement the right policies a quote from the State of the Nation Address of the President of my country is apt. Addressing Parliament on 8/2/2019 on the issue of Technical Vocational Training the president had this to say:
“Young people have to have options on which career path they choose, and I am glad to announce that all is set for the construction of 10 state-of-the-art Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) Centres this year. For far too long, we have preached about the importance of TVET without doing very much to demonstrate this importance. We send or urge young people to go to poorly equipped TVET centres, and we are surprised that they are not keen.The new TVET centres would be world class, and attractive to assure young people that they are not being sent to second best options”.
# This realization is occurring 62 years after independence !!
On the issue of dwindling resources, estimates by UNESCO reveal that there is an estimated financing shortfall of $5.6 billion in order to fulfil the goals of UPE and gender equality (UNESCO, 2002, pp.162-3). This is partly explained by the fact that high ODA-providing countries do not necessarily have high commitments for education. In conclusion, the author appears to believe that adult education and lifelong learning concentrate on reciting of beautiful poems and calculating advanced theorems rather than ensuring life that clearly to him is high on the hierarchy of needs. This belief is erroneous. Adult educators employ several means to keep the attention of their learners. To the casual on-looker is not surprising as with every donor-driven programme practitioners are compelled to do as partners have to comply.
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