ERIC Number: ED342958
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
The Tanzania Literacy Programme: A View from Below. Report of an IIEP Research Review Workshop (Morogoro, Tanzania, October 10-12, 1990).
United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France). International Inst. for Educational Planning.
Research conducted in Tanzania had two purposes: to describe the literacy program and literacy learners and to determine the literacy skill levels of participants and to what use they are putting those skills. Researchers spent a month in each of four villages gaining information about the socioeconomic system, communication, development, the role of literacy, local literacy classes, and the effects of literacy upon the learners and upon the local community . At the same time, 270 of 416 learners were interviewed and tested, and a control group of 59 was interviewed. Some of the findings of the study were the following: (1) the majority of the learners in the literacy programs were middle-aged women; (2) three-fifths had attended school, most for more than 4 years; (3) most of the learners were from the poorer groups of society, and more than 90 percent of them listened to the radio; (4) the literacy program had declined substantially in enrollment since the enthusiasm of the 1970s; (5) about half of the teachers had adequate supplies of reading materials; (6) the results of national literacy examinations showed that several million people achieved literacy over 10-15 years; (7) the literate group scored much higher than the illiterates in terms of functional knowledge; and (8) only one-third of newly literate people perceived any functional reasons for literacy. The findings of the study were reviewed at a workshop at Morogoro, Tanzania, with 37 participants attending, and policy implications were formulated. (Appendixes include a list of workshop participants and the workshop program.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Programs, Developing Nations, Educational Needs, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries, Literacy Education, Outcomes of Education, Participant Characteristics, Policy Formation, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Public Policy, Workshops
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France). International Inst. for Educational Planning.
Identifiers - Location: Tanzania