ERIC Number: ED202660
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar-23
Reference Count: 0
On the Development of Rural Youth in the GDR.
Rural youth have been active in the development of the German Democratic Republic's agricultural production program. Although those who reside in rural areas and commute to work in urban areas are also classified as "rural youth," the core of rural youth are those who work in agricultural primary production. Of the 778,639 permanent working people, 86,950 young people (11.2% of the working population) were employed in agricultural enterprises in 1978. From 1971 to 1978, the number of apprentices for agriculture, forestry, and foodstuffs economy has increased from 9.7% to 11.7% of all available pupils. Presently, about 60,000 apprentices are undergoing a 2-year training and about 5,000 are taking a 3-year training with Abitur ("A" level). There have been large increases in skilled workers in crop farming and stock breeding. The quality and quantity of vocational training and professional training have improved since 1971. Training curricula have been reorganized, the major occupations and their underlying preconceptions have been revised and clarified, and the concentration of training sites has advanced through the building of new enterprise vocational schools and respective hostels for apprentices. Political organization of co-operative farmers has also become the characteristic feature of the socialist mode of life. (CM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Commuting Workers; East Germany
Note: Paper copy not available due to poor print quality. Paper presented to the "Youth Sociology" Research Committee of the International Sociological Association (Fredeburg, Federal Republic of Germany, March 23-27, 1981).