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Adult literacy and skills acquisition programmes in the Gambia are related to women's empowerment and self-reliance

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Abstract: Self reliance and the empowerment of women have been at the core of promoting gender balance in Africa. Women are largely marginalized, and there are significant gender differences in enrolment and graduation rates in most African countries, especially the Gambia. Efforts to address this deficiency have led to the adoption of adult literacy and skills acquisition programmes to build the capacity of women and out of school adults. Training content has been developed and training centres have been established in six educational regions of the country, but most graduates of the programme are neither financially capable nor self reliant. The study therefore examined the relationship between these capacity-building programmes and women s empowerment and self-reliance. Descriptive design was usedn of survey type with 250 participants from two educational regions in The Gambia. Four null hypotheses were raised and data collected through a questionnaire were analysed using t-test, mean, and simple frequency. The result showed that adult literacy and skill acquisition programmes correlate significantly with women empowerment and self-reliance in The Gambia. Recommendations were made on how to improve on the existing training structure.

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