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ERIC Number: ED075710
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-May-14
Pages: 9
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National Development and Non-Formal Education.
Harbison, Frederick
Nonformal education, though unsystematized, is of at least equal importance with formal schooling in developing countries. Nonformal education can be classified as follows: (1) activities oriented primarily to development of the employed manpower; (2) activities designed to facilitate access to employment; and (3) activities not specifically related to labor force participation. Their contribution to national development is far-reaching. In some cases, non-formal education is the only practical means of skill and knowledge development; in others, it offers an alternative, and often a more effective one, to education and training than formal schooling; in most cases, it can supplement, extend, and improve the processes of formal education. The formulation of a strategy for development of non-formal education is no easy task. An initial step would be to identify the principal target groups, to specify the actual and possible roles of both formal and non-formal education in their development, to evaluate alternatives, and to select "leverage points" where more concentrated efforts would have the highest payoffs. The costeffectiveness of these efforts should be objectively analyzed by systematic tracing of the employment and career pathways of persons who have participated in the various programs. (Author/KM)
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Note: Paper presented at the Seminar on Non-Formal Education of the Southeast Asia Development Assistance Group, May 13-14, 1971