ERIC Number: ED464871
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
A Transnational View of Basic Education: Issues of Access, Quality, and Community Participation in West and Central Africa.
Academy for Educational Development, Washington, DC.
Most African countries have devoted considerable attention to educating the generations of people born since the independence era. Despite their efforts, however, African governments continue to face rising illiteracy, grade-repetition, and drop-out rates, as well as growing numbers of expulsions. This report presents a synthesis of the main findings of transnational studies produced between 1995 and 1999 regarding basic education in West and Central Africa. The report states that researchers gathered information concerning the opinions, experience, and achievements of the main actors and beneficiaries of education, addressing the following themes in two sections: (1) the factors associated with access to schooling and the retention of students within the primary sector (Cote d'Ivoire and Gambia); and (2) the relationships between community participation and access to and quality of education (Benin, Cameroon, Ghana, Mali, and Togo). Following an introduction, each chapter of the report is devoted to statistics and opinions (with references) regarding these seven African countries. Recommendations for improving educational access, retention, and quality are included in the report. (BT)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Community Involvement, Comparative Education, Educational Quality, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Geographic Regions, Literature Reviews, School Holding Power
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Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Agency for International Development (IDCA), Washington, DC. Bureau for Africa.
Authoring Institution: Academy for Educational Development, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Africa (Central); Africa (West); Basic Education; Development Education; Educational Issues; Research Synthesis
Note: Prepared by Support for Analysis and Research in Africa project with subcontractors Tulane University, JHPIEGO, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Population Reference Bureau. This document is a synthesis of studies by Educational Research Network for West and Central Africa.