Department Adult Community and Continuing Education

Prof KP Quan-Baffour

College of Education
School of Educational Studies
Department: Adult Basic Education
Tel: 012 484 2808


  • Adult Education
  • Indigenous knowledge in Adult Ed
  • Non-formal Adult Education


  • D.Ed. Adult Educ. (UNISA, 2001)
  • M.Ed. Adult Educ. (UNISA, 1995)
  • MA Dev Studies (UFS, 2004)
  • M.Ed. Ed. Mgt. (UNISA, 2006)

Currently teaching

Courses taught (Honours & Masters)

  • Adult teaching and learning methodology [Methods of teaching adults]
  • Educational (school) leadership/ Management of the school as an organisation
  • Leadership in policy management of the school
  • Managing Adult Basic Education in Context for Development
  • Research Methods in Education
  • Curriculum development in [adult] education

Fields of academic interests

Research Interests:

  • Researching African Indigenous Knowledge Systems for Adult Education
  • Vocational Education/ NFE (skills training) for Job Creation
  • Basic Education & Training for Vulnerable People/Communities
  • Training School Governing Bodies in Rural Communities for School Improvement

Field of Specialisation

  • Adult Education ( NFE, Methods of Teaching Adults & Curriculum Development)
  • Educational Management (School Organisation & Leadership)
  • Development Studies ( Education & Development; Rural Tourism)


  • Quan-Baffour, K P. & Pipim Buaduo.  N A. 2011. Sankofaism: Reinventing Africa From Its Indigenous Philosophies. LAMBERT Academic Publications Ltd

Book Chapters

  • Quan-Baffour, KP.  2008. Rural Women and Sustainable Environmental Management in Developing Countries. In Environment and Health in Developing Countries: Managing Emergent Crisis. Owusu Y (Ed). Springler Publisher Ltd. Ottawa.
  •  Quan-Baffour, KP. 2009. Rural Tourism in South Africa: The Case of Damdoryn and Bufflespoort Dams. In A Handbook of Business Practice and Growth in Emerging Markets. World Scientific Publishing Co. Ltd.
  • Quan-Baffour, KP, 2015. Supporting the Post graduate Students at a distance: A Personal Encounter.  In Practical and Critical Issues in Open Distance Learning Ravhudzulo, A (Ed.) University of South Africa press.
  • Quan-Baffour, KP 2017. Indigenous Food Preservation and Management of Postharvest Losses Among the Akan of Ghana. Handbook of Research on Social, Cultural and Educational Considerations. Ngulube P. (Ed),. I G I Publication.
  •  Quan-Baffour, KP, (copy right 2018). A Systemic view of the Value of Environmental Conservation: The Case of Bono Takyiman, Ghana. Mclntyre, J.(Ed.). Balancing Individualism and Collectivism. Springer Publishing Ltd  

Journal articles

  • Quan-Baffour, KP. (2005). Enhancing Learning at a Distance Through Listening: Strategies of Student Support in Open Distance Learning.   Journal of Open & Distance Education Vol. 1 No 2,  Pages 57-72
  •  Quan-Baffour, KP. (2005). Partnerships: A New Paradigm for Fostering Enduring Parents’ Involvement in Children’s Education.  Journal of Special Education, University of Winneba Vol.  IV No 1 pages 121- 128
  •  Quan-Baffour, KP. (2005). Learner Profile and Characteristics: Values and Implications for Teaching Adults at a Distance.  The Social Educator: Journal of Social Studies Education. University of Education, Winneba. Vol. 2 No 1 Pages 149-157.
  • Quan-Baffour, KP. (2005). Managing a tutorial system: The University of South Africa ABET Experience.  PROGRESSIO: The South African Journal for Open & Distance Learning Practice Vol.27. Nos. 1&2 pp36-43
  •  Quan-Baffour, KP. (2006). Traditional/ Indigenous Education: Any Lessons for the Western Education System?  African Journal of Special Education Needs University of Education, Winneba. Vol.4 No 3 Pages 464-470.
  • Quan-Baffour, KP & Owusu-Mensah, J. (2006). Classroom Dynamics: Experience of an Innovative Tutoring. Excitement in the Classroom; Journal of Australian Teachers paper 33_06.htm
  • Klu, EK. & Quan-Baffour, KP. (2006). A Mismatch Between Policy Planning & Implementation: A Critique of South Africa’s Inclusive Education Policy. African Journal of Special Education Needs. University of Winneba Vol. IV No 2 Pages 285-291
  • Quan-Baffour, KP. (2006). Adult Basic Education & Training in the Ten Years of South African Democracy. Journal of Educational Research Vol. 9 Nos. 1&2 pp 40-44
  • Quan-Baffour, KP & Vambe, MT (2006). Multiculturalism and Learning Technologies in Adult Basic Education and Training Programmes at the University of South Africa. Journal of Research& Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning. World Scientific Publishing Company& Asian-Pacific Society for Computers in Education. Vol.1 No3 Pages297-308
  • Quan-Baffour, KP & Vambe, MT. (2006). The Challenges of Language Learning, Teaching & Training in Distance Adult Basic Education Programmes at the University of South Africa. Hellenist Journal of Open and Distance Education. Issue 4 Pages 157-168
  • Quan-Baffour, KP. (2007). Continuous Professional Development: A Strategy to Enhance Quality of Teaching at the School level. The International Journal of Learning Vol. 14. No 1 pp 183-189
  • Quan-Baffour, KP. (2007).The Power of Akan folk music in teaching adults about HIV/AIDS in Ghana. MUZIKI: Journal of Music in Africa, Special Issue. Vol. 4 N0 2 pp.209-223 Routledge. Taylor and Francis ISSN 1812-5980
  • Quan-Baffour, KP. (2008).The wisdom of our fore fathers: Sankofaism and its educational lessons for today.  Journal of Educational Studies, Special Issue 1 Vol .7 No 2 pp.22-31
  • Quan-Baffour, KP. (2008).Gender mainstreaming: A new Paradigm for sustainable environmental management in Ghana.  Africanus:  Journal of Development Studies, UNISA  ISSN 0304-615X Vol. 38 No 1 pp.54-63
  • Quan-Baffour, KP. (2008).Transformation & Acculturation in Ghanaian Christian songs.  MUZIKI. Journal of Music research in Africa.  Vol.5 N0 2 pp.165-178 Routledge, Taylor & Francis ISSN1812- 5980
  • Quan-Baffour, KP & Arko Achemfuor A (2008). Environmental conditions and their impact on small businesses in South Africa.  International Journal of Business & Emerging Markets, University of Wennipeg. Vol.1 No 4 ISSN 1753-6219 pp.405-419
  • Quan-Baffour, KP & Lebeloane, LDM (2008). ‘Letsema’: A way of inculcating and preserving African Indigenous Knowledge System in Youth Through Formal Education in the 21 Century [Joint paper].  Journal of Education Studies, University of Venda  Special Issue  Vol. 7 NO 2  pp. 43-49
  • Quan-Baffour, KP & Arko Achemfuor A (2008). Bridging the content knowledge gap of teachers: An agenda to improve Business Studies Teaching in South African Countryside Schools [Joint publication] Problems of education in 21 century Scientific Methodical Centre "Scientia Educologica",  Lithuanian Scientific Society and ICASE.  PEC 2009; 12(12)pp.108-116
  • Quan-Baffour, KP (2009). Integrating Indigenous Knowledge System into Bono Schools: Maintaining identity and shaping the future.  Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues. World Indigenous People’s Conference on Education Special Issue, Volume 12 University of Monash .Melbourne, Australia pp.46-52 ISSN1440-5202
  • Quan-Baffour, KP. (2009).The possible Contribution of Open Distance Learning to the New Partnership for Africa’s Development [NEPAD] (2010). Journal of Literacy and Adult Education Volume 4 No 1 Pp.210-223
  • Quan-Baffour, KP. (2009). In Praise of Mothers: Songs composed by Ghanaian Musicians as tribute to Motherhood. MUZIKI: Journal of Music Research in Africa. Volume 5.  No. 2 pp.165-178 Volume 5 No 2.pp165-178. Routledge. Taylor & Francis Ltd.
  • Quan-Baffour, KP. (2009). Mitigating Vulnerability: Non-formal Education for Refugee Youths in South Africa. Journal of Commonwealth Youth & Development.  UNISA Press, pp.11-20
  • Quan-Baffour, KP. (2009). Ritual Songs for Girls’ Nobility Rites at Bono Takyiman, Ghana. MUZIKI: Journal of Music Research in Africa. Volume 6.  No. 1 pp.26-35 Routledge. Taylor & Francis Ltd.
  • Quan-Baffour, KP & Bayaga, A. (2009).The African School Curriculum: Content and Relevance of Indigenous Knowledge to Africa’s Regeneration. Curriculum Issues in Higher Education, UNISA Press.pp61-69
  • Quan-Baffour, KP. & Arko-Achemfuor, A. (2010). Micro-teaching: A tool to ensure quality in Teacher Training at a Distance. Journal for Comparative & International Research in Education; Contemporary Issues. Scientific Methodological Centre No 1822-7864. Pp.125-131.
  • Quan-Baffour, KP, Bayaga A & Mtose, X. (2010). Social Influences on the studying of Mathematics by Black South African Learners. Journal of peculiarities of Contemporary Education. International Council of Associations for Science Education Volume 23, pp30-40
  • Quan-Baffour, KP. (2010). Non-formal Adult and Youth Education in Latin America: Lessons for South Africa. Journal of Latin American Report, Centre for Latin American Studies, Volume 24 No1
  • Quan-Baffour, KP, Obviebo, M O. &  Mohitlhi, KE. (2010). The Integration of HIV/AIDS Studies into the School Curriculum of Edo State, Nigeria: An Exploratory Investigation. Journal of peculiarities of Contemporary Education. International Council of Associations for Science Education Volume 23 pp.158-165
  • Quan-Baffour, KP. (2011). Singing to farmers: Non-formal Adult Education Through Folksongs for Food Production in Rural Ghana.  MUZIKI: Journal of Music Research in Africa Vol. 8 No 1 pp 30-42
  • Quan-Baffour, KP. (2011). The Wisdom of our Fathers: Akan Proverbs and their Educational Value for Today. Southern African Journal for Folklore Studies Volume 21 No 1 2011
  • Quan-Baffour, KP. (2011). Testing the Limits of Liberation Theology: Skills Training for Adult Women in the Techiman Diocese. Journal of Latin American Studies Vol. 24 No 2 pp35-41
  • Quan-Baffour, KP. (2011).Shifting the paradigm: Multiple mode assessment strategies in distance teacher training programme for inclusivity.  Mathematics Connection; Journal of Mathematics Association of Ghana. Volume 10.  pp .55-66. ISSN 0855-4706
  • Quan-Baffour, KP & Mohitlhi, K E. (2011). Oral performance and voice of wisdom: Batswana songs to educate young adults about community health problems. Journal of Music Research in Africa. Volume 8 No. 2 pp. 72-80
  • Quan- Baffour, KP. (2012). Partnership in Leadership: Exploring the emerging partnership between schools and communities in rural South Africa. The Beauty & The Beast; Towards Turning the Tide in Education.  EASA 2011 Conference Proceedings. Digital Print Solution, Cape Town.  Pp.296-312. ISBN 978-0-620-52297-7
  • Quan- Baffour, KP. (2012). Sankofa:Gazing Back’ to Indigenous Knowledge and Skills for Socio-Economic Development of Ghana.  Journal of Tribes and Tribals. ISSN 0972-639X 10(1): 1-5
  • Quan-Baffour,KP. (2013). Retraining the trainer: Exploring staff development needs to retrain adult educators in North West Province. Educational Research in South Africa. Conference Proceedings for South African Educational Research Association( SAERA).
  • Quan-Baffour, KP.& Zawada, B. (2013). Education Programmes for Prison Inmates: Reward for offences or Hope for a Better Life? Journal of Sociology & Social Anthropology Ref. JSSA-053
  • Quan-Baffour, KP. (2013). Unity in Diversity: Ubuntu in the classroom to Promote Learning among Adults from Diverse Backgrounds. Journal for Studies of Tribes & Tribals. Ref: T &T 11-13
  • Quan-Baffour, KP. (2013). The Liberative Power of Education: Adult Basic Education as Empowerment Tool for Rural Women in Taung.  Journal  for Studies of Tribes & Tribals. Ref: T &T 11-15
  • Quan-Baffour, KP (2013).  Indigenous  Akan Wise Sayings and their Relevance to School Leadership in Africa Today. Journal for Folklore Studies, 23 (2)
  • Quan-Baffour, KP  (2013). Demystifying the Technology Myth: Experience of ‘Techno-Phobians’ in Teaching Adults Through myUnisa.  Journal of Communication 4(1):1-8
  • Quan-Baffour, KP &  Arko-Achemfuor, A. (2014). The Effects of a Lack of Career Pathing on Job Satisfaction Among South African Teachers. African Education Review 11(1): 1-16
  • Quan-Baffour, KP & Arko-Achemfuor, A.  (2014). Training School Governing Body Members in Three Rural Schools in Taung: Empowerment for Good Governance. Studies of Tribes and Tribals  (S-T &T). 12(1)171-178
  • Quan-Baffour, KP. (2014). Tutor’s Comments and Feedback: Value in the Training of Adult Educators at a Distance. International  Journal of Educational Studies 103-13.
  • Quan-Baffour, KP  (2014). Unity in Diversity: Ubuntu in the Classroom to Promote Learning Among Adults from Diverse Backgrounds.   Studies in Tribes and Tribals
  • Quan-Baffour, KP (2015). Youth Empowerment: A Strategy to Mitigate Vulnerability to Human Trafficking in Ghana. Participatory Action Research 2(1):24-33
  • Quan-Baffour, KP & Romm, NRA. (2015). Ubuntu-Inspired Training of Adult Literacy Teachers as a Route to Generating ‘Community’ Enterprises. Journal of Literacy Research 1-20
  • Quan-Baffour, KP & Owusu- Mensah, J.  (2015). Demystifying the Myth of Mathematics learning at the Foundation Phase: The Role of Akan Indigenous Games in the Education System. International Journal of Education Sciences 8 (1): 1-8
  • Quan-Baffour, KP.  (2015).The Native has arrived: Life Orientation Lessons Through Akan idioms to Secure the Future and Maintain Identity. Southern African Journal for Folklore Studies 25 (1):1-9
  • Quan-Baffour, KP & Owusu- Mensah, J.  (2015). Integrating Akan Indigenous Knowledge into the Teaching of Intermediate Phase Mathematics: Prospects and Challenges. In Rethinking Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century. Proceedings for the South African International Conference on Education 21- 23 September, Manhattan Hotel, Pretoria.
  • Quan-Baffour, KP & Arko-Achemfuor, A.  (2015). Addressing the plastic shopping bag menace in Ghana through education: the Role of FM Radio Stations. Environmental Economics; International Research Journal 6(4):61-67
  • Quan-Baffour, KP & Addae, D.  (2015). Sustainable Rural Development in Northern Region of Ghana: Innovative Strategies for Enhancing Leadership Participation. Africanus; Journal of Development Studies 45(1):57-69
  • Quan-Baffour, KP & Addae, D. (2015). The Place of Mixed Methods Research in the Field of Adult Education: Design options, Prospects and Challenges. International Journal of Education & Research 3(7):151-162
  • Quan-Baffour, KP, (2015). A Systemic view of the Value of Environmental Conservation: The Case of Bono Takyiman, Ghana. Proceedings of the 59th Annual Meeting of the ISSS, Berlin, Germany August 13- 16.
  • Quan-Baffour, KP & TL Akpey-Mensah (2016). Talent Management as a Strategy for Organizational Renewal: A Study of University of Education, Winneba, Ghana. Towards Excellence in Educational Practices. Proceedings from the South African Conference on Education, Sept 19-21, Pretoria.

Papers accepted for publication in 2017

  • Quan-Baffour, KP, Addae, D.( 2017).The pedagogical value of the Lecture Method: The Case Study of a Non-Formal Education Programme in Ghana. Africa Education Review Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
  • Quan-Baffour, KP (2017).The School Governing Body in South Africa: An Innovation for Productive Parents’ Involvement in Education? Journal of Educational Studies, University of Venda, RSA.
  • Quan-Baffour, KP. (2017).Lessons From Akan Heritage: Rural Adults’ Ingenuity In Indigenous Food Preservation to Manage Post-Harvest Losses in Ghana. Indilinga: African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems, UKZN

Paper presentations

  • 2003 National Association for Distance Education, South Africa (NADEOSA). Presented a Paper at International Conference ON Distance Teaching Approaches. St. John’s College, Johannesburg
  • 2003 Attended a symposium on “Quality Assurance in Higher Education: Problems and Promise at  the University of  South Africa UNISA, Pretoria, Senate Hall, 12 August
  • 2003 OBE: Taxonomy of Learning Outcomes and Assessment Strategies by Roy Killian UNISA, Pretoria, Samuel Pauw  Building  23 September
  • 2004 Presented a paper on Quality control/Quality Assurance at FOTIM International Conference, Ormonde, Johannesburg    3-5 August
  • 2004 Co-presented a two day workshop on Curriculum Design in Relation to SAQA/ NQF Florida UNISA Campus for UNISA academics 15- 16 March 
  • 2004 Presented a paper to UNISA Academics on Quality Assurance and Assessment  in ODL Senate Hall, 2 April
  • 2004 Presented 1 day Workshop on ODL to 13 Academics from Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique, ICLD Conference Room, UNISA. 5 July
  • 2004 Organised and presented 5 days’ workshop for 12 Nigerian Academics from National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA) on ODL UNISA, ICLD Conference Room 3- 7 Sept
  • 2005 Presented a 2 day workshop for 10 Chinese Academics on Learner Profile and its relevance in ODL context at UNISA, ICLD Seminar Room. 17 June
  • 2005 Attended SASE International Conference  and presented a paper on the need for Partnership between school and community; Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique
  • 2006 SASE Conference & paper presentation Manhattan Hotel, Pretoria Sept 23-27
  • 2007 International conference on Africa & paper presentation. Feb 12 -15, North West University, Mahikeng Campus
  • 2007 Africa conference on environment & paper presentation, La Palm Beach Resort, Accra, Ghana
  • 2008 World Indigenous People’s Conference on Education & paper presentation, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Dec 13-17
  • 2009 International Society for the protection of child abuse and neglect& paper presentation, Perth, Australia Dec 15-20
  • 2009 Conference on Distance education & paper presentation, University of Mumbai, India 29 Dec- 2nd Jan  2010
  • 2010 Attended and presented a paper at South African Folklore Society Conference, UNISA Pretoria.  27-29 September.
  • 2010 International Conference on Education & paper presentation University of Turkey, Istanbul, June 13 – 18
  • 2011 Comperative International Education Society Conference * paper presentation, Montreal, Quebec, Canada 29 May – 3 June
  • 2011 Attended and presented a paper at the Association for Evaluation and Assessment in Southern Africa (ASEASA) Quest Conference Estate, Curie Boulevard, Vanderbijl Park 11-13 July
  • 2011 Read a paper at the Distance Education Teacher Training in Africa Conference, Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo 2- 5 August
  • 2011 Read paper at African Studies Association of Australia and Pacific 30 November - 5 December
  • 2011 Read a paper at the Education Association of South Africa Conference, Sun City, North West province. Title of paper: Partnership in Leadership: Exploring the emerging partnership between schools and communities in rural South Africa
  • 2012 Read a paper at the Education Association of South Africa Conference, Mpekweni Holiday Resort, Eastern Cape 18-21 January. Title of paper:  Adult Basic Education as an empowerment tool for rural women in Taung, North West Province
  • 2012 Attended OSSREA Conference and presented a paper on appropriate curriculum   that can ensure jobs for school leavers in South Africa. UNISA, O R Tambo, 19 July
  • 2012 Attended the international Conference on Teaching Practice at a distance and presented a paper on the need for ODL Institutional to collaborate with local education stakeholders for effective teaching practice, St George Hotel, Centurion August 6 – 8.
  • 2012 Presented a paper at the international conference  for African Association for Australia and Pacific ( AFSAAP) on Ubuntu in the classroom ( Nov 27-29)
  • 2013 Attended SAFOS Conference at Tswane University of Technology and presented a paper on Akan wise sayings and their relevance to school leadership in Africa today (19-21 Sept)
  • 2013 Attended SAAFEC Conference at St George Hotel, Pretoria and presented paper on  strategies to mitigate human trafficking in Ghana ( Feb 25-28)
  • 2013 Attended international conference on the history slave  trade at GIMPA, Accra, Ghana and presented paper on  Human trafficking as the modern day slavery  (July 29-31
  • 2013 Attended  the Global conference on Education at the University of Riverside, California  and presented paper on  learner-centred teaching in adult education  (August 29-31)
  • 2013 Presented a paper at Southern Africa Association for Folklore Studies( SAFOS) and delivered a paper on the use of Akan idioms in guiding and counselling students in Ghanaian high schools at the university of Cape Town (Sept 4-7)
  • 2013 Attending International conference on Indigenous Knowledge Systems in Modernised Africa at Tswane University of Technology to present a paper on the Socio-Religious significance of Apo festival at Bono Takyiman in Ghana  (25-27 Sept)
  • 2014 Education Association of South Africa Annual Conference; Golden Gate Hotel, Clarens.  Paper read ; Education and Training programmes for Young adults: A Comparative study of the University of South Africa and the University of Ghana Jan 12-15
  • 2014 Community Engagement Symposium, UNW Vaal Campus, Riverside Hotel, Vanderbijilpark, March 10-11. Paper read: Partnership in Engagement: Community and School Teaching Small-Scale Farming at St. Paul’s School, Taung
  • 2014 International Conference onTeacher Education at a Distance Conference, Kwa- Maritane Resort, Sun City, RSA, 10-12 April paper presented: Instructional Supervision and Divide and Rule Tactics: Agenda to Undermine Supervisory Hierarchy Within the Faculty?
  • 2014 African Studies Association for Australasia and Pacific (AFSAAP)  Dunedin ,New Zealand 26-28 November. Paper read: Lessons from Akan Heritage: Rural Adults’ Ingenuity in Indigenous Food Preservation to Manage Post-Harvest Losses in Ghana
  • 2014 Attended Annual Conference on Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Arts at Tswane University of Technology. Sept 17-19. Paper presented: Promoting Cultural Identity and Patriotism Among Ghanaian Youth Through Akan Folksongs
  • 2015 Attended Education Association of South Africa ( EASA) Conference at Legend  Golf Resort in Mokgopong 13- 15 January Peper presented: The School Governing Body in South Africa: An Innovation for Productive Parents’ Involvement in Education?
  • 2015 Attended Association for Education Development in Africa (AEDA) at Protea Hotel Cape Town 13-15 April. Paper presented: Soap and Gari Manufacturing: Formalising the Informal Indigenous Vocational Education for Socio-Economic Development  of Bono Takyiman, Ghana
  • 2015 Attended the South African International Conference on Educational Technologies( SAICET) at Manhattan Hotel, Pretoria: Paper presented- In Tandem with adult Learners: Mobile phone as Learner Support Gadget in Distance Teacher Training at Cape Varsity, Ghana

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Since 2007 Promoted/supervised 3 Masters and 9 Doctoral studies to completion
  • 2008- 2009 led  in transforming an Institute into a full academic department at UNISA
  • 2005. Organised and presented one week workshop/seminar on  writing materials for distance learners for 12 academics from National Institute for Educational Administration (NIEPA)  Ondo;  Nigeria
  • Between 2005- 2015 awarded more than 8 grants to attend international  research conferences overseas- Canada, Australia, Turkey, India, Ghana, USA, Mozambique, Botswana, Germany etc
  • 2006: Invited by SABC Africa to participate in life discussion on the Theme: The ‘African Curriculum’ [4 April].
  • 2007: Invited by SABC Africa for life TV discussions on the problem Human Trafficking in Africa. [7 September]
  • 2007: At International Conference on Africa, University of North West, Mahikeng Life interview by SABC Africa on Indigenous African Philosophy- Sankofa
  • 2008: Melbourne World Indigenous people’s conference; interviewed by an American Television Crew on African Indigenous People’s issues.
  • Awarded 3 Masters and 1 Doctoral Degrees between 1995 and 2007 at UNISA and University of the Free State.
  • Have published over 55 articles and 4 book chapters in National and International Peer Reviewed Journals since 2004
  • 2006 as Curriculum and Learning Designer contributed to the writing of a sampler to guide UNISA academics to write for students in ODL environment.
  • Since 2007 serve on a reviewing board for international Journals e.g. Scientific Journal International, Journal of Education [UKZN], Southern African Journal for Folklore Studies, Progressio: South African Journal of Open Distance Education, Kamla- Raj Enterprises(KRE).
  • 2009-2010 provided two sets of workshops on writing for publication for 13 academics at the Central University of Technology, Welkom Campus.
  • 2011 Organised two successful departmental seminars and invited two renowned African Scholars to present papers on youth/ adult development in South Africa
  • 2011  Appointed Associate Editor of Journal of Education, an open access Peer Reviewed Journal
  • 2009- 2012 Voluntary consultant to the National Prosecuting Authority on Human Trafficking in the African continent
  • Guest Editor 2011 Special issue; Journal of Latin American Studies, UNISA Vol. 1 No. 1 2011  ISBN 0256-6060
  • 2011- 2014 Invited by Radio UNISA to discuss Adult Education & Youth Development issues in South Africa & the continent
  • Visiting Professor for Masters an Doctoral in Educational Leadership and Management programme at the University of Education, Winneba, Ghana from 2013-
  • External examiner in Teacher Education for the following Universities- North West, Fort Hare, Central University of Technology, Free State  (all RSA), Cape Coast and Legon (Ghana)
  • Inuagural Lecture 11/11/ 2011 : Professor Kofi Poku Quan-Baffour
    Title of lecture: Education for development: Adult Basic Education as a tool for Socio-Economic Transformation.


Community Engagement  & Research Activities

  • Training School Governing Body Members for school improvement rural communities (South Africa).
  • Organising car attendants in Sunnyside for sustainable jobs
  •  Voluntary consultant for National Prosecuting Authority  on Human Trafficking
  • Vocational education for adults
  • Traditional Healers and Basic Education Project
  • Comparative study of African indigenous savings in Ghana and South Africa
  • Evaluation of Kha Ri Gude literacy project in KZN, EC & Limpopo
  • Researching African indigenous knowledge systems


Brief bio

Prof Kofi Poku Quan-Baffour holds a D.Ed, in Adult Education from Unisa. His doctoral research focused on the evaluation of adult learning (basic education) programmes. Quan-Baffour is a full Professor and Chair of the Department of Adult Basic Education. Kofi, as he prefers to be called, sees education as the most effective tool for development. He has taught in schools, colleges and universities in Ghana, Lesotho, Botswana and South Africa. Having obtained all three Master's and a Doctoral degree through distance learning he has the firsthand experience of the value of student support. As a researcher in Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Kofi believes that the African Philosophy of Ubuntu [love and support] must be practiced in ODL too. Prof Quan-Baffour has published over 35 articles in peer reviewed international and local accredited journals, co-authored one book on Indigenous Knowledge Systems, contributed chapters to 3 different books and successfully supervised a number of Master's and Doctoral research studies in his fields of study. He is a Christian and is married with three children.

Membership of Academic and Professional Associations:

  • Member of  UNISA Senate, School/ College Management Committee; Research and Higher Degrees Committees
  • African Studies Association of Australia and Pacific, Comparative International  Education Societies, World Indigenous Peoples’ Congress on Education, Education Association of Southern Africa, International  Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Reviewer for journals- African Education Review, The Anthropologist (Anth),  Muziki: Journal of Music Research in Africa, Educational Research and Reviews, Scientific Journal international, International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning.
  • Guest Editor 2012:  Journal of Latin American Report

External Examination:

External Examiner for Masters’ and Doctoral Dissertations/Theses for the following Universities: Fort Hare, Ghana, North West, Central University of Technology &Venda