INCLUSION OF INTERNET SERVICES USAGE IN EXTENSION EDUCATION: A GENDER FRIENDLY METHOD FOR ACHIEVING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
This paper is based on a study conducted between July and December 2015 to investigate how the inclusion of Internet services' usage in extension education brings about sustainable development. Survey method was used for the study. Twenty adults of which 5 were females were selected amongst electrical/electronic appliances repairers and taught how to use Internet services especially the World Wide Web (www) for 3 months. The participants were instructed to search for modern troubleshooting equipment and how to use them on the Net. They were later given money to buy the modern equipment by the extension agents, and were asked to use them in repairing electrical/electronic appliances. The new ways the repairers carried out their repair work were studied and recorded for three months by the extension agents. The results show that the majority (13 out of 20) of the participants were more competent and faster in their repair work. It is recommended that extension education participants be taught how to use Internet services in addition to the designed extension programmes.
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