Commentary - International Journal of Adult and Non Formal Education ( 2021) Volume 2, Issue 4
Received Date: Jul 23, 2021 / Accepted Date: Aug 06, 2021 / Published Date: Aug 13, 2021
Everyone understands the value of education. A welleducated individual is well-versed in a variety of subjects and is well-versed in the world. He is more self-assured and better equipped to make decisions in a variety of situations. He is a valuable member of society. Adult education should be promoted because many people are denied access to education during their childhood for a variety of reasons. Adult education programmes enable them to continue their education when they reach adulthood.
The importance of adult education cannot be overstated. While our country’s leadership recognises its significance, a huge portion of the population does not. The government has established a number of schools to provide adult education. However, the government’s role does not end there. It is necessary to raise public awareness about the importance of education. To feel motivated to participate in adult education classes, people must realise the importance of education.
Adult education programmes are run by the governments of various countries in order to educate and empower individuals. Adult education is provided through special night schools because it is easier for them to take time off during those hours because most of them work during the day. Adult education is also provided by a number of night schools in various locations of India. However, despite the fact that the opportunity to study and grow is widely available in almost all of our country’s cities, adult education schools do not have nearly as many enrolments. This is due to the fact that adults confront numerous obstacles when it comes to attending school and learning.
Adults encounter the following problems when it comes to learning:
1. Children are quick to pick things up. They are perceptive, interested, and have strong observational and grasping abilities. They are always curious, asking questions, and learning new things. For them, learning is enjoyable. Adults, on the other hand, are a different storey. As a person grows older, he becomes less quick at learning, his curiosity for new things fades, and his ability to grasp diminishes. This becomes one of the most significant barriers to learning.
2. Another issue is the lack of time. Adults are largely employed and unable to devote much time to academic pursuits. This is why many of them avoid enrolling in adult education programmes. Even those who attend adult school are unable to devote sufficient time to self-study. The learning process is slowed, and their performance is hampered as a result.
3. Children are only expected to attend school and learn, with the option of participating in extracurricular activities if they so desire. They are not burdened with any additional responsibilities, but this is not the case for grownups.
4. Adults are responsible for their family’s financial, emotional, and other requirements. They must also fulfil their societal obligations. They find it difficult to concentrate on their studies in the midst of all of these duties, and learning becomes a hardship for them.
5. It’s not easy to return to school once you’ve started working. It is even more challenging for those who have never attended school to acclimatise to this new atmosphere. Adults have a tough time adjusting to new situations, and going to school at their age appears to be one of the most difficult and challenging tasks they face.
6. Many people are hesitant to enrol in adult schools because they are afraid of society. This is especially true for females. A woman who has been oppressed throughout infancy and denied the right to study may find it difficult to summon the courage to return to school as an adult. People in our society are quick to judge a woman who wants to be self-sufficient.
Those who go to an adult school to learn are sometimes accused of ignoring their family. For those enrolled, meeting the demands of her family and children, as well as completing everyday domestic chores, becomes a barrier to learning.
So, we can notice that educating adults is a difficult task. Due to their age, household and social duties, time constraints, and other factors, people find it difficult to absorb their lessons. To pursue adult education and successfully complete the courses, a lot of hard work and determination is required. Adults who muster the guts to pursue adult education and make an attempt to learn are deserving of praise. They serve as role models for others around them.
The author has no area of interest.