The vice chancellor, Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka, says the Department of Adult Education of the University of Ibadan is the first in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.
Professor Olayinka made the declaration on Monday at the opening of a World Conference on Adult Education, organised by the Department of Adult Education, Faculty of Education, UI, which took place at the International Conference Centre.
In his address, the vice chancellor said the theme of the conference, ‘Repositioning Adult Education for Greater Relevance in the Contemporary World’ was not only timely, but also instructive and appropriate.
Represented by Professor Andy Fadoju of the Human Kinetics and Physical Education Department, noted further that there is a need for intense and comparative discussion on how to reposition the discipline of adult education in concept, scope, objectives and value assumptions, for it to actually live by the Hamburg Declaration.
He charged participants at the conference to deliberate extensively on the task and come up with resolutions to further enhance and enlighten all about the correct and true nature of Adult Education.
“I expect powerful and concrete declaration from the proceedings of this conference, which we will call the ‘Ibadan Declaration,’ just as that of Hamburg’s.
Professor M. K. Akinsola, Dean, Faculty of Education of the university, who was also represented by Professor Fadoju, congratulated the Faculty of Education for coming up with the idea of hosting the world, stressing that “this is the first time this type of conference would be hosted in this part of the world and at a university setting.”
He also noted that Adult Education as a profession needs repositioning for it to play a greater role and responsibility towards meeting the needs of mankind in this contemporary age.
In her welcome address, the Head of the Department of Adult Education, Professor Deborah Egunyomi, described Adult Education as the key to the 21th century country.