Master in Adult and Community Education

2 years


In the past five years however, the demand for a Master’s Degree in Adult and Community Education has been building from the BACE graduates and others who work in environments that require professional training in Adult and Community Education.

In this era of globalisation and liberalisation where lifelong learning is a global goal for all people there is a great need for high-level professionals in the field of Adult and Community education to guide this process. This is particularly so in Uganda where there is an acute scarcity of high-level professionals in the field of adult and community education despite the obvious context-based need (the context of poverty, illiteracy, and ill health).

At the level of global commitments, the need for the Master’s programme is prompted by the adoption of the Millennium Development Goals, the international commitments to which Uganda was a party at the Fifth International Conference on Adult Education (Hamburg 1997), the Dakar Education for All Goals and Framework for Action (2000) and the UN Literacy Decade (2002-2011).
At the national level, the master’s programme has a significant contribution to make in the strategies to realise the third Poverty Eradication Action Plan (PEAP III) through its pillars of

  • Economic management,
  • Production, competitiveness and incomes,
  • Security, conflict-resolution and disaster-management,
  • Good governance, and
  • Human development

The programme has specific contributions also for the Government’s Social Development Sector Investment Plan (SDSIP) and National Adult Literacy Strategic Investment Plan (NALSIP).

In addition, Adult and Community Education is an expanding field. More individuals and organisations are increasingly beginning to view and believe in lifelong learning as an integral aspect of life.  Adult and community educators are needed in many different arenas in the government, civil society and private sectors. As mentioned above, only a few people have been trained in the field and those have been trained mostly as frontline professionals tackling issues of a more practical and technical nature at community or departmental level. The positions occupied by many of these educators demand higher-level analytical skills, with more grounding in the philosophy and theory of development, management, mobilisation, training and education. In most cases, such skills lie beyond the scope of many undergraduate courses at Makerere, including the BACE.

The above factors thus justify a Master’s degree programme in Adult and Community Education (MACE) to enable many existing and desiring adult and community educators develop the necessary knowledge, practical skills and competencies to deal with Adult and Community Education issues at a higher level.