Some Trends in Publishing in Continuing Education in Sub-Saharan Africa

By Gbolagade Adekanmbi.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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Africa has had a pitiable record in its publishing output, generally considered the lowest in the world. UNESCO book publishing statistics for 2010 indicate that no African country appears in the first 37 countries listed in the order in which they have published books. The statistics on youth and adult literacy, secondary school enrolment, gross enrolment ratio at the tertiary level, and the continent’s digital readiness paint a gloomy picture. In the field of continuing education, the dearth of book publishing has been observed. Most of the major books and journals used in the field are published abroad. Africa thus relies extensively on the published works from outside the continent. This paper discusses the state of adult and continuing education on the continent. It examines some publishing trends on the continent in the field of continuing education and highlights some good pratices in Europe and the USA which African publishers could replicate. It also suggests ways by which publishing could be enhanced especially by universities, continuing education associations and other organisational providers of continuing education.

Keywords: Publishing Trends, Continuing Education, Sub-Saharan Africa

International Journal of the Book, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp.69-80. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 781.589KB).

Dr. Gbolagade Adekanmbi

Acting Director, Centre for Continuing Education, University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana

Dr. Gbolagade Adekanmbi is the Acting Director of the Centre for Continuing Education, University of Botswana. He obtained a PhD in Adult Education from the University of Ibadan Nigeria in 1992, with a research focus on distance education. He has been actively involved in the training of writers in distance education and has played major roles in the introduction of the Diploma in Youth in Development Work Programme at the University of Botswana. He has published widely and presented papers on adult and continuing education, distance education and related fields. He is interested in trends in continuing education practice in Africa.

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