ERIC Number: ED189267
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: N/A
Development and Adult Education in the Arab States: An Analysis of Some Issues.
Saber, Mohi El-Dine
Contemporary cultural and educational changes in the Arab States are reviewed with respect to the effort to liberate Arab countries from illiteracy. The stated objective is to establish common intellectual ground between Arab adult educators (policy-makers, planners, or executive officers) through understanding the social, political, economic, and educational situation. Three separate sections deal with cultural change and education, an Arab strategy for literacy and adult education, and education and the role of women in integrated development. A major theme is a strategy of integrated literacy throughout the Arab homeland: a strategy which combines an attack on "cultural illiteracy" (reflected in social and economic underdevelopment of developing countries) and illiteracy of the individual (ignorance in reading, writing, and numerical skills), which is seen as an inevitable consequence of cultural illiteracy. The author emphasizes the necessity of bringing formal and adult educational systems into an integrated plan at all levels--general, vocational, and university. He further proposes a "nationality of knowledge" through a common Arab fund in which states with the greatest financial resources should be the main contributors so that primary education for both sexes could be made universal in the Arab region. Specific suggestions are addressed to correcting the "cultural lag in understanding women's role." The analyses and proposals are illustrated with reference to the author's experience as professor, researcher, and Minister of Education in Sudan, 1969-1972. (JT)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Continuing Education, Cultural Context, Cultural Influences, Developing Nations, Economic Development, Educational Development, Females, Global Approach, Illiteracy, Literacy Education, Sex Role, Social Change, Socioeconomic Influences
International Council for Adult Education, 29 Prince Arthur Ave., Toronto, Canada M5R IB2 ($6.00)
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Council for Adult Education, Toronto (Ontario).; Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization, Dokki, Cairo (Egypt).