ERIC Number: ED368646
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
The Contribution of Education to Cultural Development in the Arab States.
El Atrash, A. K.
The Arab states with their rich background of Islamic and Arab civilizations are continuing their efforts to enhance cultural development either through different forms and levels of education or other activities. Attaining better interaction with other nations is the goal of these efforts. The process of coordinating educational and cultural strategies in Arab states evolves in the contexts of overall development plans that range from 3 to 9 years in duration. The focus for most countries in the region is the promotion of literacy and basic education. Funds for financing educational and cultural activities derive mainly from the government. The centrally designed curricula in each country reflect the incorporation of elements of national cultural heritage and traditional indigenous culture. The Arab states develop understanding and respect of individuals for national as well as other cultures by using Arabic, promoting linguistic and cultural exchanges, and organizing cultural activities. Implications for future development focus on the curriculum consisting of values, ideals, and life goals to achieve a better future for all and not on various disciplines to be learned. (CK)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France).
Identifiers: Middle East
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on Education (43rd, Geneva, Switzerland, September 14-19, 1992).