ERIC Number: ED347313
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
West African Consultation Meeting (Banjul, The Gambia, July 24-28, 1990).
Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver (British Columbia).
The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) met with West African Commonwealth countries to furnish participants with information about the reasons for establishment of COL, its objectives, functions, and structure. Participants for the meeting came from The Gambia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria. Opening sessions focused on COL and distance education as the main vehicle for achieving COL's purpose of creation of educational access. Concerns about inadequacy of communications and contacts between African countries were expressed in response to a discussion of COL's use of technology. Participants from Nigeria outlined experiences in distance education, including the Network of Distance Education Institutions; National Teachers Institute, a major provider of distance education; and the University of Abuja with its mandate to provide distance education components for each conventional subject. Participants from The Gambia reported on the new national policy of education, identified teacher training as the most crucial element for its success, and made a strong case for distance education as a support to the literacy campaigns. The Sierra Leone delegation identified problems with teacher education and reported no distance education programs. Conclusions were that COL should assist the countries, there was widespread need for teacher training, and an association of distance education institutions should be established. (Appendixes include minutes of a meeting with the Vice President of The Gambia and the agenda.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, Adult Literacy, Developing Nations, Distance Education, Educational History, Educational Media, Educational Needs, Educational Policy, Educational Technology, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Illiteracy, Institutional Cooperation, International Cooperation, International Educational Exchange, International Relations, Literacy Education, National Programs, Public Policy, Teacher Education, Teleconferencing
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver (British Columbia).
Identifiers: Africa (West); Gambia; Nigeria; Sierra Leone