Department of Adult Education and Community Development


Adult Education and Community Development Department was established in 2011 (2003 E.C) under institute of education and behavioral science, Ambo University. The reason behind to launch the program was following the introduction of the country’s development policy, different GOs & NGOs organized various development and training centers like Community Skill Training Center (CSTC), Farmers Training Center (FTC), centers working on health and agriculture that support the realization of development goals. Such development organizations are in a dire need of experts who can integrate education and development activities to meet the national development goals. Moreover, adults constitute 50 percent of Ethiopia’s population. The majority (58%) of these adults cannot read and write (UNESCO 2006). Creating an environment for developing adults’ life skills and various competencies is necessary to develop a sustainable knowledge society. To meet this objective, adult education professionals and institutions are indispensable elements.

Recently the government gave due attention to adult education as it is one of the instruments for implementation of development and transformation plan. With this regard, MOE (2008:17) stresses the importance of building capacity of adult education facilitators, supervisors and other experts. Therefore, providing the capacity building training for supervisors and experts assigned for adult education at federal, regional and woreda levels in higher education institutions is emphasized as one strategy. Academicians in Universities and training institutions are encouraged to carry out research in sub-sector and train experts properly to enable them to contribute in strengthening adult education.  Furthermore, MOE (2009:25) expresses that universities and institutions are encouraged and supported to establish adult education training programs and to provide training for experts in the field. Hence, for the realization of the National Adult Education Strategy as well as integrating adult education with the country’s development endeavors, it is important to produce adult educators who plan and manage both adult education and community development programs.

Goal of the Department

Essentially, the general objective of this program is to produce adult education professionals and community development experts, leaders and researchers who can address community demands and challenges through critical analysis of community institutions’ and local environments (political, economic, socio-cultural, and technological). Moreover, the program is aimed to produce democratic, visionary, innovative, change oriented and professionally committed adult education and community development agents that can hold leadership responsibilities under the existing social contexts. Thus, the major goals of the undergraduate program in Adult education and community development are:

  • To establish in students an appreciation of the importance of andragogy and community development philosophies and principles
  • To develop basic and practical skills in Adult education and community development practices
  • To develop the ability to apply the learned skills for solving practical community problems; and
  • To provide a wide range of transferable skills to the graduates

The department runs its program with regular, CEP and summer modalities.

Undergraduate program

  •  BA degree in Adult Education and Community Development

Postgraduate Program

  • MA degree in Adult Education and Community Development

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