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ERIC Number: ED256960
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 15
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Trends and Issues in Vocational Technical Education in Francophone West Africa.
Kogoe, Akrima
Francophone West Africa has committed itself to the goal of universal formal education as the most effective method of insuring rapid economic and national development. (Francophone West Africa is composed of Senegal, Mauritania, Guinea, Mali, Ivory Coast, Togo, Benin, Niger, and Burkina-Faso.) The costly investments of limited fiscal resources in these countries' educational systems have resulted in the accumulation of redundant educated labor and incommensurate progress in economic and social development. These failings have been brought on mainly by the value orientation of school curricula that led students to become job seekers rather than enabling them to undertake self-employment or entrepreneurial ventures that would create employment opportunities. Vocational-technical education has been stressed as an alternative that would ensure development by alleviating unemployment, reorienting student attitudes towards rural society, halting urban migration, and transmitting skills and values useful in employment. Vocational technical education is important in socioeconomic growth and development in Francophone West Africa states because development must start at the bottom, that is, in rural areas. Also, vocational-technical education provides those advanced technology skills that cannot be learned through on-the-job training in a developing country. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Africa