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ERIC Number: ED310994
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Building an Indigenous Elementary Social Studies Curriculum: A Look at What's Happening in Liberia, West Africa.
Adesiyan, H. Rose
Prior to the advancement of western education, Liberia had a system of indigenous education, taught by chiefs and respected village elders, and designed to perpetuate the Liberian culture. Formal or western education was introduced in 1830 when the Board of Managers of the American Colonization Society passed a resolution and later passed a public school law which mandated compulsory education for children 2 to 12 years of age. As schools were built, many children attended an indigenous school and a western school on an alternate basis. The challenge facing education today in Liberia is the reconciliation of the needs and wants of the people with the needs and wants of the country. Approximately 52 percent of the school age population attends school. Two critical problems are the almost total lack of appropriate instructional materials for the classroom and a shortage of qualified teachers. An innovative curriculum program, the Improved Efficiency of Learning Project (IEL) consists of specially designed programmed instructional materials which have an indigenous focus. Texts were written to reflect the cultural background of the Liberian people. The IEL system has produced superior academic achievement, increased enrollment, and cost savings. Indigenization of the social studies curriculum is a direct result of the IEL project. Curricular content and instructional materials were written by Liberians for Liberians. A list of ten references is included. (PPB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Liberia