ERIC Number: ED170880
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
African Education: New Strategies in Curriculum Development. 1979 World Education Monograph Series, Number One.
Panyako, David E. M.
Africa's educational systems were developed by colonial and missionary authorities as a means to create a trained labor force with respect for European social and moral superiority. With independence, African nations were faced with selecting new objectives for their educational systems. Among the educational aims emerging are fostering national unity, preserving traditional culture, and, most importantly, developing the national economy. The attempt to meet these goals brings curriculum planners face to face with several specific problems: high drop-out rates, low employment, a conditioned bias against agricultural and technical education, a lack of qualified teachers, limited educational facilities, unequal educational opportunities for women, adult educational needs, inadequate pre-primary programs, the lack of an adequate language of instruction, and unstable economic conditions. (Author/PGD)
Descriptors: Cultural Differences, Curriculum Development, Developing Nations, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Non Western Civilization, Relevance (Education), Socioeconomic Influences
World Education Project, Box U-32, School of Education, The University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut 06268 ($1.50 plus $0.50 postage)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Connecticut Univ., Storrs. World Education Project.