ERIC Number: ED425888
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
A Case Study of the Basic Education Project for the Children of Seasonal Agricultural Workers in the Cukurova Region in Turkey. Mid-Decade Review of Progress towards Education for All.
Guner, Barbaros; Simsek, Hasan; Yildirim, Ali
In 1995, the International Consultative Forum on Education for All commissioned case studies in developing countries as part of a mid-decade review of progress in expanding access to basic education. This paper examines a project in Turkey that provided basic education and health services to the children of seasonal agricultural workers. Between March and October, agricultural workers in southeastern Turkey migrate to the Cukurova region to help with the harvest. Migrant families live in tents without utilities and have little access to educational or health services. Funded by the Ministry of Turkish National Education and the United Nations International Children's Fund, the project provided basic education to a total of 1,136 children between 1991 and 1995. However, the number of children served declined drastically in 1994 and 1995. Interviews with participants, observations in project schools and workers' tents, and a review of project documents examined the initial needs analysis, program structure, curriculum, teacher selection, in-service education, and organizational collaboration. The decline in program effectiveness stemmed from implementation difficulties related to staff turnover, lack of teacher incentives, bureaucratic constraints, lack of follow-up, and the centralized style of government policy. Nevertheless, the program had important impacts on participants: changes in parents' and children's educational and health attitudes, subsequent enrollment of many children in regular school, improved professional skills for teachers, and increased awareness among high-level officials of educational delivery problems among diverse populations. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France). Education for All Forum Secretariat.
Identifiers - Location: Turkey