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ERIC Number: ED342972
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-May-21
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Women in Development.
Cassara, Beverly Benner
Women in development refers to the needs and problems of women in developing countries and the responsibility of industrialized countries to ensure that aid programs serve the best interests of these women. A concern of adult educators is the relationship between adult education and the challenges facing women in the development of their countries. In addition, men and women in the United States must be educated as to ways in which they can be of optimal assistance. Illiteracy and lack of education and training of women contribute to a vicious cycle of underdevelopment, low productivity, and poor conditions of health and welfare. Girls get less schooling than boys; adult women have some opportunities to go to literacy classes, but have difficulty finding the time and energy. Current international activity relating to literacy promotion puts pressure on governments. Some of the most effective literacy work is done by women in nongovernmental organizations. The literacy movement has progressed from its beginnings as a skill taught in nonformal situations to a phase in which learning was connected to carrying out women's responsibilities. Now women require training for productivity. One obvious training opportunity could be provided by agricultural extension workers. Education of women is also the key factor in the area of family health. The only successful way to help women is to help them work toward their own empowerment. (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at a meeting of the Adult Education Alumnae Association (Gorham, ME, May 21, 1990).