Environmental adult education as a strategy for protection and management of the environment in Ideato north and south local government areas, Imo state, Nigeria
Ewelum, Johnson Nnadi, Ogbonna Cleophas Tobenna, Chieke Joseph Chukwutobe
The main purpose of the study is to determine the use of Environmental Adult Education (EAE) as a strategy for protection and management of the environment in Ideato North and South Local Government Areas of Imo state, Nigeria. Four research questions guided the study. The study was a descriptive survey design which adopted purposive sampling technique by adopting 133 instructors in the 26 adult education learning centres in the Local Government Areas. Self-structured questionnaire was used for collection of data. The instrument was subjected to face and content validity by three experts after which the comments and recommendations were effected in the final construction of the instrument by the researchers. The reliability of the instrument was ascertained using Pearson (r) correlation statistics and 0.62 was obtained and considered adequate for the study. Data collected were analyzed with mean. The findings revealed that; environmental adult education, awareness creation through mass media on environmental issues, mobilizing the adults, implementing of appropriate curriculum, introduction of monthly sanitation exercise, prosecuting the defaulters etc are some of the ways of cultivating in adults the skills, values, culture and right attitudes to environmental protection and management. The study, therefore, recommended that government at all levels should provide funds to organize seminars for the adults on how to improve and manage their natural resources to enable them live harmoniously in their environment, among others.