Planning and administration of home economics in the non-formal education centres of the North West Province with specific reference to training of tutors, provision of equipment and proper accommodation
Sefotlhelo, Seitiswane Maria
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This research examines the role played by the government in the planning and administration of Home Economics programmes in adult centres with specific reference to training of educators, provision of equipment and proper accommodation in the North West Province. The research was conducted in Lehurutshe, Itsoseng, Ditsobotla and Molopo. The study comprises five chapters. Chapter One gives overall statement of the problem, hypotheses, along with the purpose of the study and methods of research used to collect information. Chapter Two provides literature review. The chapter examines the importance of Home Economics in schools, the need for Home Economics in adult education centres, the factors that may hamper the inclusion or implementation of Home Economics in adult centres and the contributions of home economists in the community. This chapter also justifies and advocates the incorporation of Home Economics in the school and the adult education curricula. Chapter Three examines the instruments used in the collection of data. The research strategy includes empirical interpretation of data obtained using questionnaires, observation and interviews. Chapter Four presents and analyses the data collected.The findings indicate the necessity to include Home Economics in the adult education curriculum and to give it the necessary support. It is quite evident that Home economics can help with the realisation of the RDP objective , that of improving people's quality of life; that adult education in Home Economics require qualified educators to improve quality of adult teaching and learning and to offer skills which are relevant to the needs of adult learners. Chapter Five summarises the main points of the study and findings of the research. This chapter also offers recommendations for the introduction and implementation of Home Economics in adult centres in the North West Province. It should be given highest priority in all areas of the province as it is one of the subjects that will help to fight off poverty, which is the most formidable enemy in South Africa. With better health, relevant education and freedom to plan their family's future people will have wider economic choices with liberated minds and spirits. The knowledge gathered will empower every citizen, especially women, not power to fight, but power to make informed decisions and power to choose with discernment and discrimination. This power of decision-making will ensure many positive changes in South Africa. People will be drawn closely together and this will help men and women to protect and promote the interests of their families. Home Economics programmes are some of the powerful tools that help build and maintain the strength of the family, community and eventually the nation as a whole.
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