ERIC Number: ED250138
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
Reference Count: 0
U.S. Aid to Education in Paraguay: The Rural Education Development Project. A.I.D. Project Impact Evaluation Report No. 46.
Nicholson, Ronald; And Others
Between 1970 and 1976, with continued funding and personnel support from the Agency for International Development (AID), Paraguay instituted major rural educational reforms encompassing curriculum revision, teacher training and retraining, training of administrators and supervisors, new school construction, and provision of teaching materials and textbooks. Additional Regional Education Centers (RECs) were established to serve 120 primary schools enrolling approximately 160,000 students (1/3 of the total school population), two teacher training schools were planned, and 480,000 textbooks were provided to 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students. Curriculum revision at the primary level was accompanied by additional teacher training to facilitate a multisensory approach through individualized and practical learning activities. The new secondary curricula emphasized relevance, group learning, library usage, and development of critical thinking ability. Program impacts have included increased student access and retention and improved achievement. Lack of support from the government of Paraguay and dependence on donor funding continue to characterize the educational system. Six appendices present AID program features, list U.S. and Paraguayan personnel and facilities, and provide supporting tabular data. (MM)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Administrative Change, Change Strategies, Community Control, Curriculum Development, Developing Nations, Education Service Centers, Educational Change, Educational Facilities Planning, Educational Objectives, Elementary Education, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, International Programs, Policy Formation, Program Evaluation, Public Schools, Regional Schools, Rural Education, School Community Relationship, Secondary Education, Systems Approach, Teacher Education, Technical Assistance
Editor of ARDA, S&T/DIU/DI, Bureau for Science and Technology, Agency for International Development, Washington, D.C. 20523. Identification No. PN-AAL-017.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Agency for International Development (IDCA), Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Agency for International Development; Impact Studies; Paraguay; Rural Education Development Project (Paraguay)