Program financing


Adult education is very essential in increasing the literacy level of any nation. Unlike child education, most adult education program are not school based. In addition the adults have other responsibilities such as paying bills, catering for their children and other social responsibility. To enable the success adult education programs, program finance if very vital.

Program finance in adult education

The cost of adult education is high. Compared to school based child education, the cost of adult education is high (Griffin, 2003). The structure and the form of education of adult education make it to be expensive. The classes in adult education are smaller and the material used in the education different. This makes is more expensive per student as compared to child education. The adult students also have other responsibilities besides and this makes their program longer and expensive (Griffin, 2003). On average the cost of educating an adult student is about thrice as expensive as child education.

Adult program in schools usually fail due to lack of proper financing. Unlike the child education where the funding is guaranteed, most district schools have to organize for the adult education financing (Griffin, 2003). With out incentives adult education in these schools would fail. The adult students have to attend evening classes that turn to be expensive. Unlike the child education that is financed through the national education program adult education financing is done through ngo’s and individual states. For success of these programs program finance should be arranged and well managed.

Program financing


Adult education is important in increasing literacy level of a country and empowering individual adults. However adult education programs are costly to run. There lacks national financing program for financing adult education. Thus program financing becomes very essential in the success adult education.


Griffin (2003):- Adult and continuing education: major themes in education:-Taylor & Francis;