Adult Education

OUR METHODOLOGY

MALFE is a practice model developed by, and used in, the Ikeoha Foundation Adult Education Programme, to increase enrolment, learners’ persistence and achievement rates. Its specific objectives are:

  1. To create friendly learning environment that fosters enthusiasm
  2. To motivate adult learners to persist and achieve their targets

MALFE expands on the REFLECT methodology by incorporating a wide range of learner-nominated games, desired handicraft and artistic skills training, and merriment into activities of a typical adult education centre. So, a day at any Ikeoha Foundation Adult Education centre looks like this:

  1.  Lessons in literacy and numeracy, health awareness, and civic rights and governance. These are sometimes delivered by facilitators or by learner to other learners
  2. Peer-to-Peer training on handicraft: waist beads, drawing/painting, pastry (buns, chin-chin), and basket weaving
  3. Fun games and competitions such as sack race, spelling bee, debates and recitations

The above in-centre activities are complimented with an Annual Adult Literacy Day Celebration. This special day is used to showcase learning achievements of learners in the adult education programme. It is usually a day of glitz and glamour as learners take part in brilliant displays of march-past drill, reading, recitation, spelling, music, dance, drama and award of prizes, witnessed by critical stakeholders in the education sector in Nigeria, from politicians, education administrators, traditional rulers, multilateral development agencies, and civil society organizations. The vast array of activities and the prizes ready to be won ensures that every learner participates in at least one activity.

The Ikeoha Foundation Adult Education Programme commenced 2009 with 2200 learners in 22 learning centres. It was not long before majority of this number dropped out, some permanently while some re-joined later.  More learners joined (and left!) in the next few years. By 2014 it was glaring that the programme was lacking a motivating component that could make learners persist and complete (achieve) their chosen targets, which for some was literacy and numeracy (how to manipulate mobile phones and calculators, and in general to do arithmetic especially with regard to trade and banking), and for others how to obtain the First School Leaving Certificate, which could guarantee them paid employment at the local council level. What to do? The foundation worked with learners to create a learner-centric approach that uses fun and enjoyment to motivate adult learners to persist. This approach has been named MALFE; meaning, Motivating Adult Learners to Persist through Fun and Enjoyment. It recognises that most adults are self-directed learners and that they cherish to be heard, and their opinions considered. It also recognises that people are generally sociable given a conducive environment, and that by stimulating this aspect of the adult learner’s nature, they could be stimulated to enroll and complete basic education programmes.

MALFE has provided opportunity for young people from the age of 15 years and above and male and female adults to enroll in, persist and achieve set educational objectives in a fun and lively manner. It has raised efficiency and effectiveness of our adult education programme in several respects including:

  1. Increased enrolment. Twelve Thousand, Seven Hundred and Twenty Two (12, 722) learners have received basic education
  2. Higher completion rates, from 56% in 2017 to 78.5% in 2019. One Thousand and Nine Hundred and Nineteen (1, 919) learners have now obtained the First School Leaving Certificate

Eighty per cent of learners report achievement of learning targets:

  1. Better allocation of delivery resources
  2. Improved return on investment due to reduced dropout rate
  3. Increased health awareness in programme location
  4. Increased self-confidence and participation in local governance
  5. Expanded livelihood options through completion of basic formal education
  6. Better business and trade due to increased numeracy

MALFE can very well be reproduced in different situations and contexts by playing up the natural, gregarious aspects of people’s personalities as well as entrenching a culture of letting adult learners drive their own learning activities.

IMPACT

The greatest impact of this programme is that it has assisted in transforming the cultural practices of more than a million people in the Enugu West Senatorial District of Enugu State, Nigeria, as evidenced by increasing gender parity, increasing financial independence, and a high level of environmental awareness especially on water and sanitation and climate change. This outcome is possible because, inclusive of opinion leaders with enormous influences on various aspects of community life, the over 12000 people who have obtained basic education through this programme – mostly rural women, peasant farmers, market women and men, out-of-school adolescents, and illiterate and semi-skilled workers and artisans – have become more competent and confident to participate in mainstream activities of their communities.

 

OUR MILESTONES

1. July 5, 2012

The first batch of adult learners sat for the First School Leaving Certificate Exam (FSLC). Learners were registered for free by the Foundation to sit for the exam.

2. July 4, 2013

Second batch of learners sat for the First School Leaving Certificate Exam (FSLC).

3. May17, 2014

The Foundation celebrated her maiden Adult Literacy Day to graduate the 2012 and 2013 (1st and 2nd batches) of the adult learners. The ceremony was witnessed by the Chairman of Ikeoha Foundation, Distinguished Senator Ike Ekweremadu, CFR, Trustees of the Foundation, Directors from the National Agency for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-Formal Education, NMEC, prominent Nigerians and members of the public. It was indeed an epochal event. Our graduating adult learners received their testimonials and FSLC Certificates and empowerment prizes. The event featured March past, recitations, debate, cultural dance, craft exhibition, drama and spelling bee competition by the learners.

4. July 17, 2014

Third batch of adult learners sat for the First School Leaving Certificate Examination

4. July 12, 2016

Fourth batch of learners sat for the First School Leaving Certificate Examination. The examinations are moderated and invigilated by the Examination Development Center (EDC), Enugu

5. July 2017

5th Batch of learners sat for the FSLC with Ikeoha Foundation providing registration fees and other logistics

TEACHING AND LEARNING AT SOME CENTRES

IKFDTN ADULT EDUCATION- OGHE LEARNING CENTRE IN EZEAGU LGA

Adult education- oghe learning centre in ezeagu lga

IKFDTN ADULT EDUCATION- AMOKWE CENTRE IN UDI LGA

Adult education- amokwe centre in udi lga

IKFDTN ADULT EDUCATION CENTRE ACHI, OJI RIVER LGA

Adult education centre achi, oji river lGA

IKFDTN ADULT EDUCATION CENTRE IN AGUOBU-OWA OJI RIVER LGA

Adult education centre in aguobu-owa ezeagu lga

DISTRIBUTION OF INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS

Local Government Coordinators taking delivery of materials for distribution to adult literacy centres

Local Government Coordinators taking delivery of materials for distribution to adult literacy centres

LG Coordinators taking delivery of instructional materials for 2013-2014 session

 LG Coordinators taking delivery of instructional materials for 2013-2014 session

MORE LEARNING MATERIALS SUPPLIED IKEOHA FOUNDATION ADULT LEARNERS BY THE FDTN FOR 2013-2014 SESSION

More learning materials supplied ikeoha foundation adult learners by the fdtn for 2013-2014 session

Study materials for 2013-2014 session 2

Study materials for 2013-2014 session 2

FSLC EXAMS

IKFDTN ADULT LEARNERS TAKING THE 2012 FSLC EXAM IN OJI RIVER LG

 Adult learners taking the 2012 fslc exam in oji river lg

2012 FSLC EXAM AT OGBAKU CENTRE, AWGU LGA

2012 fslc exam at ogbaku centre, awgu lga

IKFDTN ADULT LEARNERS TAKING THE 2012 FSLC EXAM IN EZEAGU_L.G

Adult learners taking the 2012 fslc exam in ezeagu_l.g

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