ERIC Number: ED190302
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May-5
Reference Count: 0
U.S. Efforts to Educate and Train the Poor in Developing Countries. Report to the Congress of the United States by the Comptroller General.
Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
Agency for International Development (AID) education and training assistance to developing countries is herein reviewed by the General Accounting Office (GAO), with particular attention paid to the changes in emphasis since the 1973 New Directions Mandate by Congress and to the nature of recurring problems in improving education of the poor. One major problem for instance, is that even though primary school enrollment tripled during the 1950's and 1960's, the number of uneducated people in developing countries has soared due to spiraling population growth. The GAO recommends in this report that AID focus attention on three issues: (1) there should be increased involvement of the host governments in the planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of U.S. sponsored projects with greater emphasis on host-country ability to carry out implementation and sustain recurring costs; (2) more effective use of AID's 20 years of experience in planning, designing, and carrying out education development projects is needed to help develop relevant learning opportunities for the poor majority in these nations; (3) closer coordination and cooperation of external donors among themselves and with recipient governments is necessary to ascertain the most essential education development needs and to best use all available resources in meeting those needs. (AN)
Descriptors: Adult Vocational Education, Agency Cooperation, Agency Role, Basic Skills, Developing Nations, Educational Finance, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Information Needs, International Programs, Leadership Training, Nonformal Education, Organizational Effectiveness, Postsecondary Education, Program Evaluation, Rural Development, Rural Education, Technical Assistance
U.S. General Accounting Office, Distribution Section, Room 1518, 441 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20548 (single copies free, additional copies $1.00 each).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Agency for International Development