Department of Adult Basic Education

Prof A Arko-Achemfuor

College of Education
School of Educational Studies
Department: Adult Basic Education
Associate Professor
Tel: 012 481 2928
Fax: 012 4841059
E-mail: aachea@unisa.ac.za

Qualifications

  • Dtec
  • MBA
  • MEd
  • BA (Hons)
  • Dip. Ed

Currently teaching

  • ABT1517 and supervision of Masters and Doctoral Studies

Fields of academic interests

Research interest:

  • Adult education
  • Youth development
  • SMME promotion and development
  • Indigenous knowledge systems

Journal articles

Accredited publications

  • Arko-Achemfuor, A. 2016. Holistic development of the youth through public-private partnerships in education: The case of Tiger Kloof. Commonwealth Youth Development, 14(1): 1-14.
  • Arko-Achemfuor, A. 2016. Addressing the developmental challenges in rural areas in South Africa through Ubuntu philosophy: The case of Sedikong sa Lerato Cooperative. Indilinga. Volume 15 No 1 of 2016.
  • Arko-Achemfuor, A., and Quan-Baffour, K.P. 2015. Addressing the plastic shopping bag menace in Ghana through education: the role of FM radio stations. Environmental Economics, Vol. 6(4): 61-67.
  • Dzansi, D.Y., and Arko-Achemfuor, A. 2016. Understanding entrepreneurship in the South African context: Insights from entrepreneurial risk attitudes of four major ethnic groups in South Africa. African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, Vol. 8(2): 146-154.
  • Arko-Achemfuor, A., and Quan-Baffour, K.P. 2015. Addressing the plastic shopping bag menace in Ghana through education: the role of FM radio stations. Environmental Economics, Vol. 6(4): 61-67.
  • Arko-Achemfuor, A., and D.Y. Dzansi. 2015. Business doing well by doing good in the community: The case of Sedikong sa Lerato in South Africa.  The Journal of Commerce, Vol. 7(2): 53-68.
  • Arko-Achemfuor, A., and D.Y. Dzansi. 2015. The holistic management concept in rearing Nguni cattle: A way out for sustainable agriculture and minimizing rural poverty? Environmental Economics, Vol. 6(1): 206-214.
  • Arko-Achemfuor, A. 2015. Exploring Partnerships between Unisa and Education Stakeholders in Supporting Adult Learners at a Distance. International Journal of Educational Sciences, 8(3):619-627
  • Arko-Achemfuor, A., and Dzansi, D.Y. 2015. Triple bottom line. Journal of Economics.
  • Arko-Achemfuor, A. 2014.Revisiting entrepreneurship training for adults: Basic education for employability. Anthropologist, 17 (2): 433-440.
  • Arko-Achemfuor, A. 2013. Assuring Rural Youths Better Future through Partnerships: The Case of Tiger Kloof Educational Institution, Vryburg, South Africa. Anthropologist, 16(3): 721-724.
  • Arko-Achemfuor, A. 2013. Recognition of prior learning as a path way towards the professionalisation of youth work in South Africa. Commonwealth Youth and Development. Volume 11(2):  
  • Arko-Achemfuor, A. 2013. Teaching Moral Values to the Youth through Ananse Stories among the Akan in Ghana. Southern African Journal for Folklore Studies. Vol 23(1): 74-85.
  • Arko-Achemfuor, A. 2012. Financing SMMEs in Rural South Africa: An Exploratory Study of Stokvels in the Naledi Local Municipality, North West Province. Journal of Sociology and Social Anthropology, 3(2): 127-133. 
  • Arko-Achemfuor, A. 2012. Entrepreneurship education in Ghana through Akan Folksongs. Muziki: Journal of Music Research in Africa. Volume 9(2): 9-14.
  • Arko-Achemfuor, A. 2011. The Place of Songs in Akan Funeral Celebrations. Muziki: Journal of Music Research in Africa. Volume 8(2): 123-130.
  • Quan-Baffour, K.P., and Arko-Achemfuor, A. The effect of a lack of career paths on job satisfaction among South African teachers. The Anthropologist, 15(1): 25-32.

Non-Accredited publications

  • McIntyre-Mills, J., Mokoena, G.K., Arko-Achemfuor, A., Mabunda, P., and Njiro, E. 2014. Participatory approach to education: An action learning approach at the University of South Africa. Participatory Educational Research, Vol. (1): 106-132.
  • Arko-Achemfuor, A., and Dzansi, D.Y. 2014. Ethnicity and entrepreneurial motive differences: A South African case study. Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 5(14):228-239.
  • Quan-Baffour, K.P & Arko-Achemfuor, A. (2009). Environmental conditions and their impact on small businesses in South Africa. International Journal of Business and Emerging Markets (IJBEM), Vol. 1, No. 4, pp. 405-419.
  • Arko-Achemfuor, A. 2014. Teaching the youth and adults through education with production: The case of Tiger Kloof Educational Institution. Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, 5(1): 607-612.
  • Teaching Women to ‘Fish’: Basic Education to Empower Rural Women: The ‘Mantloane’ Programmes in Lesotho. Latin American Report, 2011(1): 174-180.
  • Quan-Baffour, K.P & Arko-Achemfuor, A. (2009). Bridging the content knowledge gap of teachers. An agenda to improve Business Studies teaching in South African countryside schools. Problems of Education in the 21st Century. Scientific Methodical Centre. “Scientia Educologica”/ Lithunia. Vol. 12, 2009.
  • Quan-Baffour, K.P & Arko-Achemfuor, A. (2009). Micro-reaching: A tool to ensure quality in teacher training at a distance. Problems of Education in the 21st Century. Scientific Methodical Centre. “Scientia Educologica”/ Lithunia. Vol. 15, 2009.

Paper presentations

Recent Conferences attended and papers presented:

  • Arko-Achemfuor, A. On-screen marking as a tool for addressing the challenges of feedback in an open distance learning context. Paper presented at the 2017 Education Association of South Africa (EASA) Conference at the Khaya iBhubesi Lodge, Parys, 8-11 January 2017.
  • Arko-Achemfuor, A. Opportunity identification and exploitation from systemic failure: The case of basic education in Ghana. Paper presented at the 39th African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific at the University of Western Australia, Perth, 5-7 December 2016.
  • Arko-Achemfuor, A. Naming of children and meaning of names among the Akan of Ghana: Defining identities? Paper presented at the 2016 Southern African Folklore Society at the Bolivia Lodge, Polokwane, Limpopo, 27-29 September 2016.
  • Arko-Achemfuor, A. Capacity building in small business and project management skills for new literates through action research. Paper presented at the 4th Annual Community Engagement Symposium at the Riverside Sun Lodge, Vanderbijlpark, 13-14 June 2016.
  • Mokoena, G.K., and Arko-Achemfuor, A. Vocational training programmes as an alternative career path for Kha Ri Gude graduates. Joint paper presented at the 4th Annual Community Engagement Symposium at the Riverside Sun Lodge, Vanderbijlpark, 13-14 June 2016.
  • Arko-Achemfuor, A., and Quan-Baffour, KP. Addressing the plastic shopping bag menace in Ghana through education: The role of FM radio stations. Joint paper presented at the 2nd International Conference of the Journal of Green Economy & Development at Makaranga Lodge, Durban, 8-10 July 2015.
  • Arko-Achemfuor, A. Adult literacy and entrepreneurship development: The case of Kha Ri Gude graduates in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Paper presented at the 9th Pan-African Literacy for All & 10th RASA National Literacy Conference at the University of Cape Town, 2-5 September 2015.
  • Quan-Baffour, KP, and Arko-Achemfuor, A.  The impact of adult illiteracy on the physical environment: A comparative study of two rural communities in Bono Ahafo, Ghana. Joint paper presented at the 2nd International Conference of the Journal of Green Economy & Development at Makaranga Lodge, Durban, 8-10 July 2015.
  • The holistic management concept in rearing Nguni cattle: A way out for sustainable development and minimizing rural poverty? Paper presented at the 2015 EASA Conference at the Legend Golf Safari Lodge, Mookgopong, South Africa, 11-14 January 2015.
  • Holistic development of the youth through public-private partnerships in education: The case of Tiger Kloof Educational Institution.  Paper presented at the 2015 EASA Conference at the Legend Golf Safari Lodge, Mookgopong, South Africa, 11-14 January 2015.
  • Broadening access to tertiary education through the student financial aid scheme: Lessons from Ghana and Lesotho. Paper presented at the Association of Educational Development in Africa (AEDA) 2015 Conference at Breakwater Lodge, Cape Town, 13-15 April 2015.
  • Understanding the access to learner support challenges of Unisa’s ABET students through the mixed methods approach. Paper presented at the Mixed Methods International Research Association Conference, Boston College, MA (USA), 27-29 June 2014.
  • Addressing the developmental challenges in rural South Africa through Ubuntu philosophy: The case of Sedikong sa Lerato Cooperative. Paper presented at the 2014 International Conference on Arts, Culture, Heritage Conference, Tshwane University of Technology, 1-3 October 2014.
  • Applying the triple bottom line principle in business through corporate social responsibility: The case of Sedikong sa Lerato in South Africa. Joint paper presented with Prof D.Y. Dzansi at 1st Journal of Green Economy and Development Conference at Makaranga Lodge, Durban, 17 – 19 December 2014.
  • Inculcating the Value of Community Engagement in the Youth at the School Level: The Case of Tiger Kloof. Paper presented at the 2nd Community Engagement Symposium, North West University, Vaal Triangle Campus, Vanderbijlpark, 10th 11th March 2014.
  • Unisa’s learner support services in the ODL context: The experiences of rural students. Paper presented at the 2014 Teacher Education at a Distance Conference, Kwa-Maritane Game Lodge, 8th -11th April 2014.
  • Exploring partnerships between Unisa and education stakeholders in supporting adult learners at a distance. SAERA Conference 2013, Klein-Kariba, 27-31 January 2013.
  • Teaching permaculture to ensure food security in rural South Africa: The case study of Tiger Kloof. Paper presented at the 11th SAAFECS Conference & 6th IFHE Regional Conference at St Georges Hotel, Pretoria, 27th -1st March 2013.
  • Towards the professionalisation of youth work in South Africa: An assessment of the educational background of youth workers in the Dr R.S. Mompati District in the North West Province. Paper presented at the 1st Commonwealth Youth Conference on Education and Training at Unisa, 18th – 20 March 2013.
  • Recognition of prior learning as a path way towards the professionalisation of youth work in South Africa. Paper presented at the 1st Commonwealth Youth Conference on Education and Training at Unisa, 18th – 20 March 2013. Addressing the challenges of food security and youth unemployment in South Africa through land reform policies. 2nd OSSREA Conference- South African Chapter, University of South Africa 18th  July 2013.
  • The response of the Assemblies of God Movement to the development of the youth: A case study of the North West District Committee, South Africa. Paper presented at the Transatlantic Roundtable Conference, GIMPA-Accra, 28th July – 1 August 2013.
  • Teaching the Youth and Adults through Education with Production. The Case of Tiger Kloof Educational Institution. Paper presented at the 2013 Global Conference on Education, Riverside University-California, USA, 9th – 10 August 2013.
  • Teaching the Youth through Akan Proverbs: The Social Media Platform as a Conduit.  Paper presented at the 13th Regional Conference of the Southern African Folklore Society, University of Cape Town, 4th-6th September 2013.
  • Indigenous Financing of SMMEs: A comparative Study of Susu and Stokvels among Adults in Ghana and South Africa. Paper presented at the Arts and Indigenous Knowledge Systems in a Modern[ing] Africa Conference, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, 25th-27 September 2013.

Financing SMMEs in rural South Africa: An exploratory study of Stokvels in the Naledi Local Municipality, North West Province. Presented at the 3rd Annual International Conference on Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development at the University of Johannesburg, 15-16 May 2012.

Projects

  • Leader of Adults and youth upliftment programme (North West) - 2015 to date
  • Leader of the Kha Ri Gude Evaluation (Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo) – 2014 to date
  • Leader of the Matric Outreach (Kwamhlanga) – 2014-2015
  • Team member of the 500 Schools project -2014-2015
  • Training School Governing Body Member for school improvement (Taung, NW) -2013