The role of adult education in empowering women in UGANDA: The case of female graduates from King Solomon Centre for Continuing Education in Wakiso District.
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This study aimed at examining the role of adult education in empowering women in Uganda based on the lived experiences of female graduates from King Solomon Centre for Continuing Education (KSCCE) located in Bweyogerere town, Wakiso District. It was basically a qualitative study in which factors motivating women to pursue adult education; relevance of the courses for the target group in terms of empowerment; the lived experiences of female graduates, and courses KSCCE offer to its learners, were coined into research questions to guide the study. A case study research design embedded in a mixed method approach was adopted to execute the tasks involved in the research. It employed both purposive and purposeful random sampling strategies to arrive at a sample of 30 respondents. The data generated was carefully organized and analyzed mainly using qualitative techniques though to a small extent quantitative techniques were employed to describe the phenomena. The study revealed that: (i) of the four main issues that emerged as the factors motivating women to pursue education, the desire for financial and economic autonomy and development of survival skills to confront their everyday life challenges were the most important with some intersections in effective participation in decision making and attainment of educational qualification to gain access to jobs, (ii) a variety of courses with enormous potential for empowerment were offered for women to choose from; (iii) study participants had largely positive experiences, though with some challenges here and there. In light of the findings, the study concluded that most women are driven to make huge sacrifices to participate in adult education because of the need for economic independence and development of survival skills required for immediate application to address their day-to-day problems. A variety of courses were being offered at KSCCE; the female adult learners who attended such courses were on aggregate satisfied with them. This notwithstanding, the courses could only be accessed by few. The study among other things recommended that efforts should be made to publicize the programme for reaching more women and government should assist in expanding opportunities for women to have access to and control over resources as to enhance participation in decision making processes at various levels.