ERIC Number: ED227086
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar-19
Reference Count: 0
Teachers Abroad Program: A Model of Rural Primary Education in Bolivia.
Lehman, Harold D.
The Teachers Abroad Program (TAP) was developed as a project of the Mennonite Central Committee to meet the educational needs of developing nations. Its activities in Bolivia involve North American volunteer teachers committed to starting a school in a rural community in 2 years and, following this period, assisting the community in obtaining a government teacher to continue the program. TAP schools provide primary curriculum in reading, writing, arithmetic, science, and Bolivian history, all taught in Spanish. Community and parent involvement are encouraged. Since 1974, program priorities have included community development, nonformal adult education, inservice training for government teachers, and diversification to meet community and educational needs beyond the initial 2 years. A goal of these priorities is to improve Bolivia's national system of rural education, which is oriented toward preparing children to function in an agrarian setting and does little to prepare students for secondary or university education. Another TAP goal is to improve the sometimes inadequate teacher preparation in Bolivia. Future TAP goals involve the provision of educational opportunities, integration of school and community, meeting of short- and long-range educational needs, creative and dynamic instruction, and elimination of prejudice. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Bolivia; Teachers Abroad Program
Note: Paper presented at a Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society (New York, NY, March 18-21, 1982).