Most basically defined, adult education is the intentional, systematic process of teaching and learning by which persons who occupy adult roles acquire new values, attitudes, knowledge, skills, and disciplines. As a concept, " adult education " demarcates a subfield of education that is distinct from the latter's historical and still general identification with the formal schooling of youth in primary and secondary schools, colleges, and universities. Once lacking the central social significance long recognized for this formal schooling, adult education expanded rapidly after Changing social, economic, and demographic forces occasioned new educational forms and organizations and new levels of adult participation in existing forms.
History of Adult Education in Kenya
If the struggle for adult education has not been won over the last century it is not because it has enemies, but because it needs a generous environment and the full, focused attention of its supporters. Throughout the 20th century, the government periodically funded and directed voluntary efforts in adult education towards what it saw as the national interest, and according to what it thought it could afford. Meanwhile, campaigning individuals and organisations sought to expand the range of what adult education should include. After the first world war, local authorities were charged with providing adult education and there were grants for voluntary organisations, such as the Workers' Educational Association. Despite the expansion of "night school" part-time classes, however, the global economic slump led to savage spending cuts and few post-war aspirations for a better educated nation were realised. Even so, pioneering work was carried out by Niace's forerunner, the British Institute of Adult Education, established in to advocate adult education.
Workers' Educational Association
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Adult education , distinct from child education , is a practice in which adults engage in systematic and sustained self-educating activities in order to gain new forms of knowledge, skills, attitudes, or values. In particular, adult education reflects a specific philosophy about learning and teaching based on the assumption that adults can and want to learn, that they are able and willing to take responsibility for the learning, and that the learning itself should respond to their needs. Driven by what one needs or wants to learn, the available opportunities, and the manner in which one learns, adult learning is affected by demographics, globalization and technology. The World Bank 's World Development Report on The Changing Nature of Work  argues that adult learning is an important channel to help readjust workers' skills to fit in the future of work and suggests ways to improve its effectiveness. Educating adults differs from educating children in several ways given that adults have accumulated knowledge and work experience which can add to the learning experience.