ERIC Number: ED029730
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Organization of Educational Programs in Sparsely Settled Areas of the World.
Edington, Everett D.
Only one-third of the world's population presently lives in countries where as much as a complete primary education is provided for children in rural areas. While the number of one-teacher schools in the United States has decreased from 148,711 in 1930 to 15,018 in 1961, a similar trend is not taking place as rapidly in other areas of the world, resulting in a continuation of already inadequate educational programs at both the primary and secondary levels. Innovative programs in rural education are, however, beginning to emerge throughout the world. For a number of years in New South Wales, for instance, there have been Mobil Instructional Units which serve remote areas. A recent study in Alaska recommends the building of 6 regional boarding high schools in remote Alaskan regions by 1975, with 8 additional boarding schools planned for 1980. Goals developed during a recent Conference of African States for the Development of Education in Africa include universal primary education in this century, with provisions for at least 20% of all children leaving primary schools to enroll in secondary schools. The total emphasis worldwide appears to be on pre-vocational and vocational education, and organization and administration of education, in addition to increasing primary and secondary schooling opportunities. (EV)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Las Cruces, NM.
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on Arid Lands in a Changing World (University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, June 3-13, 1969)