Open for submissions until February 28, 2021


Objectives of the Special Issue


The COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten the entire education community, both formal and non-formal. As predicted by the scientists, nations of the world must get ready to live with COVID-19. While the virus is considered a pandemic and a threat to human lives, its effects on older adults are more severe going by the statistics of COVID-19 mortality globally. Beside the emergencies brought by COVID-19, nations in Africa continue to battle with a high rate of adult illiteracy and out-of-school youths, violent extremism, and civil unrest, among others. Education is expected to play a major role in addressing these challenges.

The objective of this special issue would be to bring together current studies (both empirical and theoretical), debates and critical scholarship about Adult and Higher Education and its relevance to addressing critical challenges and emergencies in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The special issue aims to generate new knowledge and draw together the work of academics, practitioners, and policymakers to make available current thinking, debates and interventions relating to Adult and Higher Education in SSA. It is expected that this special issue will serve as a platform for scholars and researchers at universities, practitioners in international development organizations, civil society groups and faith-based organizations to offer significant insights on the subject matter.

Contributions are invited based on the following themes, within the context of adult and higher education in Sub-Saharan Africa:

  • Adult literacy education in the era of social distancing
  • Recurriculation of higher Education to address societal challenges such as domestic violence, rape and gangsterism
  • Adult and higher education and e-learning technologies
  • Tackling unemployment and unemployability of adult and higher education graduates
  • Internally displaced people (IDPs), barriers and access to literacy programmes
  • Tackling violent extremism through adult and higher education
  • Adult and higher education and the Indigenous Knowledge Systems
  • Climate change, global warming and adult higher education
  • Adult and higher education and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Submission & Peer Review

Abstracts for this special issue should be approximately 250 words and include the full names and affiliations of the authors.

Please submit abstracts and full papers by 28 February 2021 to editorial@pansaharan.com.

All submissions will be subjected to the peer-review process.

Authors will receive notification whether their abstracts have been accepted by 10th of March 2021.

Manuscripts for the special issue are due by 28 February 2021.

This special issue will be published towards the end of March 2021.


Further Information

If you would like to discuss your submission or have any questions related to the contents of the special issue, please contact the Editorial Office: editorial@pansaharan.com.