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Promoting non-formal education in Swaziland: any role for the University of Swaziland?

Sukati, Walter Samukelo C.

Abstract:

This paper focuses on the interaction and the nature of the interaction between the University of Swaziland ( UNISWA) and the surrounding Swazi community and environment.  The author discusses the role of universities in community service and the importance of non-formal education.  The study addresses the following questions: Have university of Swaziland staff members played any role in non-formal education, as part of their community service function in the country?  If so, what role have the staff members played, and has the linkage been well organised, effective and satisfactory?  If not, whay have staff members not been actively involved in non-formal education and how can they be prompted and encouraged to improve community service delivery?

Sukati comments on the UNISWA policies on community service and discusses the arrangements that the university has in place for community service.  The target population for this survey consisted of all the academic staff in all three campuses of the University of Swaziland.  The findings to this study are listed and the main conclusion drawn is that UNISWA's interaction with the community is very weak and there remains a great need to improve the link between UNISWA and the Swazi people.  

  

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Title of Paper: Promoting non-formal education in Swaziland: any role for the University of Swaziland?
Conference Name: The Contribution of Higher Education to National Education Systems: Current Challenges for Africa
Conference Date: 2007-03-22
Conference Location: Accra, Ghana
Published as Proceedings: no


Date:2007
Document Type:Conference Paper (Not Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:National Systems and Comparative Studies
Country:Swaziland
Keywords:Non-formal Education, University of Swaziland, Role of Universities, Community Service, Policy, Academic Staff


File Size:59 KB
Rights:Permission to use this paper was granted by the Association of African Universities (AAU)
Date Added:22 May 2008


Sukati, Walter Samukelo C. (2007). Promoting non-formal education in Swaziland: any role for the University of Swaziland? Presented at the conference on the Contribution of higher education to national education systems: current challenges for Africa, Accra, Ghana, March 2007