Adult Education Project

Adult Education in Africa dates back to traditional African society where it was used to secure the survival of the community. Enveloped in the survival drive were the community’s values, morality, skill acquisition and various forms of training. More importantly, adult education then was a lifelong process that was used by traditional institutions of Higher Education to ensure that each community always created and preserved its class of ‘philosopher kings’. Like the rest of traditional education, adult education was essentially culture-propelled and community based. It was an important bridge between the past and the present with a shuttle to the future. It is in this sense that one can describe it as being traditional. It is on this background that AYPAD Adult Education Program was created not only to positively transform the mindset of our older generation in Africa but also to provide basic and intermediate computer classes, career trainings, orientations and adult basic literacy classes and access to other resources to help local participants improve their lives , gain employment and pursue higher education.

Although our lectures are directed to people of both gender, we mainly encourage women to participate, since they are the ones affected the most. Also improving women’s lives will change essential worrying statistics in this continent. In sub-Saharan Africa, if all women completed primary education, there would be 70 percent fewer maternal deaths, saving 113,400 women’s lives. The number of girls married by age 15 would fall 14 percent if all girls completed primary school in sub-Saharan Africa and South and West Asia. Many aspects in people’s lives will be improved by focusing on women’s education which is not only teaching mainly female members but also considering aspects (while teaching both genders) that can promote true gender equality.

Additionally, the project hope to host college readiness classes for adults, which focus on academic preparation, finding financial-aid & scholarships, college visits, and general guidance.

Final Goal


Fund Raised




1. To reduce levels of adult illiteracy in AYPAD’S countries of operation.
2. To positively transform the mindset of Africa's older generations in order to promote gender equality.
3. To provide basic and intermediate computer proficiency classes, career training and basic adult literacy classes.
4. To help participants pursue further education, gain employment opportunities and improve their lives.

The Challenge

    Many African societies are yet to recover from the colonial destruction of their traditional educational institutions and systems. Much of the adult population did not have the opportunity to attend schools, having spent their childhood years in liberation wars or the recovery from them. As a result, the adult literacy rate in many African countries is below than 70% and in countries such as Chad, Sierra Leone, and Liberia are lower than 50%. Literacy rates are also generally lower among women.

The Solution

Although classes are directed at adults generally, the AYPAD Adult Education Project takes special care to encourage women to participate as they are gherkin most affected by Africa's education and literacy problems. AYPAD sees the link between improving the educational level of female adults and reducing the startlingly high rates of maternal deaths and child marriages in Sub-Saharan Africa. With the important role that African women play in upholding their communities, we also see this as an avenue to poverty reduction. Additionally, AYPADs Adult Education Project will host college preparation classes to help participants prepare for academia, find financial aid and scholarships, attend college open days, and provide other assistance required.