|The Institute of Continuing and Distance Education, University of Ghana was established originally as the Department of Extra-Mural Studies in 1948, the Institute provides university-based adult education through its branches and Workers’ Colleges throughout the country. It provides both formal and non-formal programmes. The formal programmes consist of Diploma, Graduate Diploma and Masters and Doctoral degree courses in Adult Education; External degree course in Adult Education; external degree courses in the Humanities, and Management and Accounting, remedial courses for Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations (SSSCE). The non-formal programmes comprise community education programmes in health, family life education, nutrition, civic education, community initiative and adult literacy. The Institute is directly involved with the organization of a People’s Education Association to support its work. Public lectures, seminars and workshops form a vital part of the Institute’s activities. The most popular and national of these is the Annual New Year School which has been held regularly since 1948.|
With the increasing demand for higher education in Ghana against the backdrop of decreasing government subvention, a new paradigm about delivery systems, curricula, organizational structures, and instructional staff has become imperative. As skills and requirements for the job market keep changing in a globally competitive environment, the concept of lifelong learning has gained some prominence. This year has been a period of extensive activities for the Institute. There has been a significant expansion in formal educational activities as well as non-formal programmes in spite of several logistics and
personnel constraints at all the centres of the Institute.