Adult education, in the widest sense, is any form of learning adult's engage in beyond traditional schooling. In the narrowest sense, adult education is about literacy, about adults learning to read the most basic materials. So adult education encompasses everything from basic literacy to personal fulfillment as a lifelong learner, even the attainment of advanced degrees.
Educating adults differs from educating children in several ways. Namely,
1) Adults have accumulated knowledge and work experience which can add to learning experience.
2) Adult education is mostly voluntary, therefore, participants are generally self-motivated.
3) Adults frequently apply their knowledge in a practical fashion to learn effectively.
The major goal of adult education is a social upliftment by enabling the citizens to keep up with the societal change and improve its social structure.
There are several challenges in adult education:
1) Time balancing problem
2) Carrier and family demands
3) Financial situation
4) Fear, shyness or ego.
Adult education is a boon for those who are deprived of normal education and who are willing to update themselves to meet the demands of the contemporary world.