ERIC Number: ED426232
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
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A University for the Rural Poor in the Third World.
Gow, Kathryn M.
One possible way of educating residents of developing countries is through a "university for the poor" based on shared village Internet posts and village technology learning centers. Western colleges and universities could donate their courses, and multinational organizations could subsidize the program's administration. Academics could assess students' assignments without charge by e-mail or reply-paid mail. All the ingredients for a "university for the rural poor" are available now. Before international aid money is invested in tertiary education for the rural poor, however, the international community must ensure that such villagers have moved out of the poverty cycle. This means addressing the matter of helping the villagers in question become viable income generators. The Grameen Bank is one initiative that appears to provide the solution to the dilemma of poverty and lack of educational opportunities in developing nations, and it has been replicated in numerous countries throughout the world. To make the "university for the poor" work, a "user pays" concept, whereby countries pay what they can afford, must be adopted. Appended is information about the Grameen Bank, adapted from "The Price of a Dream," a book by David Bornstein. (Contains 15 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Developing Nations, Educational Cooperation, Educational Finance, Educational Needs, Educational Technology, Foreign Countries, Global Approach, Higher Education, International Cooperation, International Educational Exchange, Internet, Needs Assessment, Partnerships in Education, Poverty, Rural Areas, Rural Education, Shared Resources and Services, Voluntary Agencies
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Australia