ERIC Number: ED094242
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: N/A
Functional Literacy in Mali: Training for Development. Educational Studies and Documents: No. 10.
With a view to making literacy an integral part of the economic and social development program of Mali, the study represents the third project of the Experimental World Literacy Program which began with functional literacy pilot projects in Tanzania and Iran. A critical report of the implementation of the pilot project in Mali, it contains a description of the events, in their actual sequence, and an assessment of what was achieved under the project and of the way in which the activities were planned and executed. An evaluation of the project was undertaken based on three surveys--before, during, and after the project--collecting data in four categories: (1) educational, (2) psychological, (3) socioeconomic, and, most importantly, (4) economic. Significant results of the project were: (1) the establishment of functional literacy centers, (2) the strengthening of Malian functional literacy services, (3) increased popular support of literacy training, (4) evidence that education can be geared to development, and (5) the renewal of cultural life through literacy activities. Of interest to development specialists, educators, and Africanists, the report concludes that functional literacy teaching provides the Malian authorities with a practical method for training the illiterate in rural and urban areas, and so promoting the economic, social, and cultural development of the country. (MW)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, African Culture, Basic Skills, Developing Nations, Developmental Programs, Disadvantaged, Economic Development, Educational Development, Educationally Disadvantaged, Field Studies, Functional Literacy, Human Development, Illiteracy, National Programs, Poverty, Program Development, Rural Education, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France).
Identifiers - Location: Mali