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ERIC Number: ED355403
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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Whose Development, Whose Needs? Distance Education Practice and Politics in the South Pacific.
Matthewson, Claire
The education that is being provided in the South Pacific, at a distance or in the classroom, reinforces a model of development in terms of which this region will never achieve fully "developed" status. This developing region has characteristics that render it unique. No member country shares its profile of economy, population, language, education, or colonial history with any other, and within each country diversity is also apparent. Distance education has not developed the region's major and still growing resource--people--for a number of reasons: the best of the region's human resources are being educated and trained outside the region; aid assistance to the region often comes under conditions that support development needs in the donor country rather than in the recipient; and political decisions and changing economic circumstances in the developed world always affect the region, but the reverse is never true. Distance education provides extended access and strengthens other institutions. In the Pacific region, the development and needs of these groups are being met: men, urban communities, those wishing to emigrate, donor countries, and the orthodox model of development. Overseas scholarship funding should be redirected out of the secondary school sector, out of all programs available in Pacific institutions, into programs that would be viable if students stayed in country, and into more awards that may be locally held. (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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