ERIC Number: ED369704
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Education and Cultural Development: Policies and Practices in the Africa Region.
Obanya, P. A. J.
This paper is an attempt to summarize the responses provided by African member states to a questionnaire that was part of the preparation activities for a conference on education. The questionnaire dealt with: (1) education, culture, and development policies; (2) taking the cultural dimension into account in educational programs; (3) the role of education in the cultural and artistic development of the individual; (4) cultural development through interaction between education, the community, and the society at large; and (5) cultural and intercultural aspects of education, as a new responsibility for teachers. The following 21 countries responded to the questionnaire: Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Republique Centrafricaine, Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritania, Namibia, Nigeria, and Senegal. All of the 21 responding member states have national development plans. The stated objectives for education fall under three major categories: (1) reinforcement of basic education; (2) building on the qualitative gains of the past; and (3) improved educational management. In the area of culture, four major categories of national objectives are easily discernible: (1) preservation of cultural heritage; (2) taking care of the cultural dimension in national development programs; (3) wielding the nation together through respect for the culture of all nationalities; and (4) the promotion of creativity among the citizenry. The link between education and culture policies is not clear. There is a general assumption that these are implicitly linked through the inclusion of practical subjects in education. (DK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Bureau of Education, Geneva (Switzerland).
Identifiers - Location: Africa