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Widening Access to Education as Social Justice
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Among the greatest challenges of the twenty-first century is that of providing adequate educational opportunities to all citizens of the globe. The broad availability of such opportunities and the genuine ability to take advantage of them are fundamental components of any equitable society. In examining how widening access to education contributes to social justice, this anthology composes a tribute to the life and work of the Nigerian educationist Michael A. Omolewa. The twenty-seven contributions to this volume discuss foundational issues related to the educational dimensions of social justice, present overviews of approaches related to widening access, and analyze case studies from around the world, as well as consider future directions in education policy and research. This thematic depth is matched by the geographic representativeness of the work, with contributors coming from the global South and North. Widening Access to Education as Social Justice speaks with a credible and powerful voice about how making greater formal and informal educational opportunities available to men and women, young adults and children everywhere can help bring about more equitable ways of living together, thereby fostering the goods of cultural diversity, tolerance and respect along with the creativity and responsibility vital to bringing about actual social harmony.
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Foreword: Koichiro Matsuura. Editors' Preface: Akpovire Oduaran and H. S. Bhola. SECTION I: FOUNDATIONAL ISSUES: 1. Michael Omolewa's Advocacy of Widening Access to Education: Gbolagade Adekanmbi, Rashid Aderinoye, and Abidoye Sarumi. 2. Widening Access by Bringing Education Home: Roger W. Boshier . 3. Access to Education: A Global Perspective: H. S. Bhola. 4. Conceptualizing the Widening of Access to Education as Social Justice: Akpovire Oduaran . 5. Education, Law, and Social Justice: Brian Burtch . 6. Globalization and State Socialism: End of Illusions or New Educational Opportunities: W. John Morgan. SECTION II: OVERVIEWS: 7. Widening Participation for Social Justice: Poverty and Access to Education: Julia Preece. 8. HIV/AIDS as a Depleting Factor in Widening Access to Education: Thomas Fasokun. 9. The Dialectics of Poverty, Educational Opportunities, and ICTs: Olutoyin Mejiuni and Oluyemisi O. Obilade. 10. UNESCO Policies and Conferences: Widening Access to Education to Further Social Justice: Adama Ouane and Christine Glanz. 11. Universalizing Access to Basic Education: UNESCO's Normative Action: Kishore Singh. SECTION III: NATIONAL CASE STUDIES: 12. Reaching the Unreached Learner: Lifelong Learning, Adult and Community Education in Victoria, Australia: Patricia Cartwright, Judith Chapman, Jacqueline McGilp, Malcolm Skilbeck, Ron Toomey, Marian de Souza, Janet Gaff, and Irene Williams. 13. Access and Participation Issues in New Zealand Adult, Community, and Tertiary Education: Brian Findsen. 14. The United States of America's 'No Child Left Behind Act' and its Implications for Widening Access to Education: Mejai B. M. Avoseh. 15. Towards Comparative Equality but Persisting Inequality in Relation to the Ambitions of Swedish Education: Holger Daun and Henrik Hansson. 16. Problems and Prospects of Access to Education in China: Qian Tang. 17. Contexts and Challenges of Widening Access to Education in Japan: Choja Oduaran andAtsuko Kusano-Tsunoh. 18. Social Justice and Access to Education: A Case Study of Pakistan: Rukhsana Zia: 19. Opportunities and Challenges of Widening Access to Education: Adult Education in Botswana: Rebecca N. Lekoko and Tonic L. Maruatona. 20. Access and Equal Opportunity in Higher Education in the United States: The Effects of Education and Public Finance Policies: Edward P. St. John, Tina J. Tuttle, and Glenda D. Musoba. SECTION IV: ILLUSTRATIVE AND SPECIAL CASES: 21. From Exclusion to Participation in English Higher Education: John Storan. 22. African School Curriculum as a Front on which to Widen Access to Education: Pai Obanya. 23. Educational Access for Girls: The Case of Kano State of Nigeria: Sabo A. Indabawa. 24. Widening Access to University Education in Nigeria: The Open University Option: Clement Imhabekhai. 25. Mature Age Entry and Widening Access to University Education: A Southern African Perspective: Stanley Mpofu. 26. Access to Basic Education for Girls: The Nigerian Experience: Deborah Egunyom. SECTION V: FUTURE DIRECTIONS: 27. Widening Access to Education in the Era of Globalization: Future Policy Thrusts: Augustus A. Adeyinka. 28. Widening Access to Education in the Era of Globalization: Future Research Thrusts: Akpovire Oduaran. List of Contributors. Index.

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Universal access to education, a gage of social justice, is much more than a right-it is an open door to freedom: the freedom to initiate, to act and to take one's own destiny in hand. True, access to education has progressed considerably in recent years, notably to the benefit of women who, nonetheless, still represent two-thirds of illiterate adults. But the strides made conceal widening disparities, with some countries still suffering from a combination of backwardness and inequality. This means that we must step up our efforts. This book, issued in honor of the President of the General Conference of UNESCO, Michael Abiola Omolewa, who has devoted his life to the cause of education, is a major contribution to helping women and men of goodwill, who must more than ever fight to secure for the have-nots of this world the right to education. Boutros Boutros-Ghali Chairperson of the International Panel on Democracy and Development, UNESCO Former Secretary-General of the United Nations

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