Impact assessment of the programmes of the agency for adult and non-formal education on women empowerment in Osun State.
This study assessed the impact of the programmes of the Agency for Adult and Non-Formal Education on Women Empowerment in Osun State. It identified the composition/content of the programmes and explored the adequacy of human and material resources for the programmes. The study also assessed the impact of the programmes on women empowerment in Osun state; and investigated the problems confronting women’s participation in the programmes. The descriptive survey research design was adopted for this study. The population consisted all female beneficiaries of the vocational and literacy education programmes of the Agency for Adult and Non-Formal Education, Osun State . The population sample was drawn from two Local Government Areas (Ilesa East and Boluwaduro) of Osun State. A convenience sampling technique was used to select the Local Government Areas and a purposive sampling technique was used to select the sample population which include: 40 female beneficiaries of the vocational and literacy programmes; and 15 officials of Osun State Agency for Adult and Non-Formal Education comprising ten instructors and five agency office staff with the sample population totalling 55. Three instruments were used for data collection, they were: Questionnaire for the Officials of Agency for Adult and Non-Formal Education (QAAFE); Questionnaire for the Female Beneficiaries of the Literacy Education Programme (QFBLP); and Questionnaire for the Female Beneficiaries of the Vocational Education Programme (QFBVP). Data were collected by the researcher and a research assistant by visits made to the centres. Appropriate descriptive statistics-frequency counts and simple percentage; and tables were used to analyse and present the data obtained respectively. The results of the study showed that the vocational and literacy education programmes of Osun State Agency for Adult and Non-Formal Education showed that the content/composition of the programmes include health, vocational and civic education programmes and instruction. It was also revealed that human and material resources are inadequate (100%,80%, 86%, 53.3%, 80%, 66.7%, 100%, 73.3%, 66.7%, and 100% ); the problems confronting women’s participation in the programmes ranges from inadequate instructors, lack of finance to practice the skills learnt, personal economic challenges, inadequate facilities and educational materials, inappropriate methodology of instruction; and inappropriate environment (100%, 90%, 100%, 90%, 100%, 65%, 100%, 50%, 40%, and 100%) It was also discovered that the programmes could not impact the women politically, socially, economically and in decision-making which are crucial areas and indices in the process of empowering women. It was concluded that the vocational and literacy programmes of Osun State Agency for Adult and Non-Formal Education are not viable and could not be considered as a suitable programme for women empowerment. Based on these findings, it is recommended that the concerned educational authorities and agency should evaluate the programmes; and that considering the essence and cruciality of women empowerment as a social issue that is essential for personal development, communal and national development, a new programme should be develop that will focus specifically on this should the existing vocational and literacy programmes could not be appropriately modified to suit this purpose.