Sustainability and Community Participation: Implications for Adult Counselling

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Sustainability, whether economic, cultural or political, requires community participation. Even when it pertains to educational development, sustainability calls for all hands to be on deck in order to flourish. With special reference to economic sustainability in Nigeria, this paper is designed to show how adult citizens as community participants can help sustain Nigeria’s economic development. A dearth of literacy has been identified as a serious setback when taking cognisance of adult participation in projects that require some modicum of literacy. Since many adult learners are second chance learners, it is necessary to provide capacity-building skills that are functional and appropriate for second chance adult learners. These are the people who will participate in projects that are aimed at sustaining economic development of the nation. Adults are preferred to youths because it takes a long time for youth’s skills to mature for immediate use. They are long –term investment. But adults with ready-made potentials can be harnessed relatively quickly to help sustain economic development of Nigeria.


Keywords: Sustainability, Community Participation, Adult Counselling
Stream: Social Sustainability
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Sustainability and Community Participation


Dr. Roseline E. Tawo

Lecturer, Department of Adult and Continuing Education, University of Calabar
Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria

Holder of a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) Degree in Elementary Education, Masters of Education (M.Ed) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph D) Degrees in Guidance and Counselling from University of Calabar, Calabar where I am now teaching Guidance and Counselling, Adult Psychology, Women Education courses and other related courses. She is a trained Home Economist. I taught for 12 years in a number of Secondary Schools in Cross River and Akwa Ibom States of Nigeria. Worked for 5 years as a Research Officer and served as the Head of the Department of Research and Statistics in the Local Government Education Authority, Calabar. Functioned as the Coordinator of the B.Ed Adult Education Consultancy Programme. A Course Adviser, teach and supervise student’s projects work. Served as an Examination Officer and the Industrial Attachment Coordinator. I am a member of several Professional Associations, which among them include: The Counselling Association of Nigeria, The Nigerian Society of Educational Psychologist, World Council of Curriculum and Instruction, Nigerian National Council for Adult Education, National Association for Women Academics among others. Has attended several conferences and published papers in many Professional Journals both internationally and locally. Have articles in books and also a co-author of a book on psychology. I have skills in sewing, knitting, crocheting, bead making and other crafts. I am married. I am an honest, hardworking, dedicated lady who maintain standard in all I do.

Dr. Hannah M. Denga

Senior Lecturer, Department of Extension and Distance Learning, Institute of Education, University of Calabar
Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria

Has Ph.D in Guidance and Counselling. Has a wide range of teaching experience from primary school to tertiary institutions of learning for over 25 years. A member of national and international professional associations with over 20 local and 6 international publications.

Prof. Daniel Denga

Professor of Education, Department of Department of Educational Foundations, Guidance and Counselling, University of Calabar
Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria

A Professor of Education. He has published over
35 books in various fields of Education and over 200 Journals publications across continents. He is profusely quoted in his field.

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