ERIC Number: ED374925
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Working with Rural Communities in Nepal: Some Principles of Non-Formal Education Intervention. Action Research in Family and Early Childhood. Monograph No. 1.
Reinhold, Amy Jo
This monograph describes Save The Children's Non-Formal Education (NFE) Program implemented in rural Nepal. Since the formal education of females is not a cultural priority, NFE targets women and girls. Currently, 90-95 percent of participants are female, including adult women and out-of-school girls. Enhancing and increasing literacy is the primary goal of NFE, a community-based program that couples literacy with community development. Program features include materials that are relevant to women's daily lives, and the organization of women's groups for collective action. Such groups have undertaken economic development activities; devised a system of home-based rotating child care; empowered local women economically, socially, and politically; and begun activities focused on the needs of children. Program implementation has demonstrated several principles of nonformal education intervention: (1) literacy curriculum relevant to learners' lives energizes the process of learning to read; (2) program sustainability is directly connected to community initiative and program ownership; (3) effectively reaching isolated rural areas depends on local program management, training, and monitoring; (4) an integrated approach addresses community needs more effectively and holistically; (5) raising awareness and meeting raised demands should be organizational responsibilities; and (6) child care issues must be addressed. Contains 15 references. (MNL)
Descriptors: Action Research, Adult Basic Education, Community Development, Community Education, Females, Foreign Countries, Literacy Education, Nonschool Educational Programs, Rural Education, Rural Women, Sex Role, Womens Education
Information/Documentation Services, The Young Child and the Family Environment Project, UNESCO, 7 Place de Fontenoy, 75352 Paris 07 SP, France.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Paris (France). Div. of Unesco Information Services.
Authoring Institution: Save the Children, Westport, CT.
Identifiers - Location: Nepal