Utilising Adult Education against Diseases and Epidemics Through Behavioural Change among Community Members

Author(s): DARAMOLA, Emmanuel Tayo, Department of Adult and Non-Formal Education, University of Benin, Benin-City, Edo State; ABILAWON, Abidemi Awotunde, Department of Adult and Non-Formal Education, Federal College of Education, Omoku, Rivers State

Adult education is the best way to ensure messages reach every home and community, it assists in filling the knowledge gaps left by formal education systems, it provides support urgently necessary for effective healthcare during times of epidemics disaster. Adult education serves as a role leading to healthy living. For individuals to live a healthy life, there is a need to have a sufficient level of prior education to understand the risk level and to benefit from the dissemination of health information. To live in physically and mentally healthy life, there should be linked to having knowledge and skills about living a healthy life at every stage of life, because, having have access to health information; gives access to health care. Health literacy accommodates an individual approach by substituting the three domains of health “healthcare, disease prevention, and health promotion. Therefore, stakeholders have a key role to play in ensuring access to health education for everyone as health literacy is the first aid in preventing illness and taking care of one’s health. To emphasise the benefits of health education more strongly, more research related to health and adult education is needed that documents good practices and presents new theories.”

Keywords: Adult Education, Epidemics, Behavioural Change, Health Literacy