ERIC Number: ED432554
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jun-30
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An Examination of Early Childhood Teacher Education in Four West African Nations: Ghana, Mali, Senegal, and the Gambia.
Pagano, Alicia I.
This paper examines opportunities and challenges in early childhood teacher education in Ghana, Mali, Senegal, and the Gambia. It reviews socioeconomic and political issues, current and emerging policies for early childhood and primary education, teacher preparation strategies, and examples of successful programs. Information was collected during a 1997 sabbatical in the four countries. The researcher observed various urban and rural early childhood programs and met with government officials, directors of nongovernmental organizations, program directors, teachers, community leaders, and parents working in the field. Three sections examine: changing national contexts for early childhood education, a new global vision for early childhood education, and selected programs in the four countries. The four countries are each at crucial, pivotal moments in their national history. Challenges they face to provide care and education for their children are monumental at a time when new levels of education are essential for individual and national survival in the global society. They are faced with young, rapidly growing populations that need care and education to be productive future citizens. Rapid communication has brought information from other parts of the world, changing people's perspectives. This is all occurring at a time when poverty is increasing and finances for education and social services are inadequate. Despite this, opportunities for success are apparent in all four countries. (Contains 18 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Gambia; Ghana; Mali; Senegal