University extension education: historical perspectives, trends and the future
Sichula, Noah, K.
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CitationSichula, K. N. (2016). University extension education: historical perspectives, trends and the future. University extension education in Zambia: a reader.
SubjectUniversity extension education
University extension education has a social innovation role and is an important force in national development. It has been utilized in many parts of the World to foster change in many spheres of society. For instance, in Britain, Nigeria, and Zambia University extension education has been used to reach out to those individuals who could not access university education on full time basis. Such Individuals have seen their lives improve after going through this education. The concept, however, appears elusive because of its different manifestations and meanings to different people. This is because University Extension Education is versatile, environmentally based and responds to a variety of needs of the people in different ways and forms. In light of the divergent views regarding the concept of University Extension Education, Garforth and Gwyn (1994), say the unifying factor of all forms of extension education is the transformatory content and intention, to bring about social change as opposed to social stability. Arising from the foregoing, this Chapter considers the meaning of “extension education” as the provision of knowledge based education to people found in the periphery in order to provide them with access to the very nature of the education provided at the centre of its generation (Jones, 1994). The purpose of this education is to equip the recipients with knowledge and skills so that they can lead decent lives.