ERIC Number: ED439000
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Climbing the Ladder: A Case Study of the Women's Secondary Education Programme of Allama Iqbal Open University, Pakistan. Innodata Monographs 4.
Haque, Riffat; Batool, Syeda Najeeba
The Allama Iqbal Open University of Pakistan started the Women's Secondary Education Project through distance learning in 1986. It was designed to meet the educational needs of rural women who are denied access to the formal education system because of social and economic constraints. The distance education method suited these women because by studying at home they were able to combine their education with domestic duties. The course consists of self-study course books, supplemented with audiocassette materials, a study guide, and radio and television courses. Once a week, students go to a local study center for tutoring. Many of the courses are of a functional nature and include various vocational skills. The certificate awarded is equivalent to those awarded by the Boards of Intermediate and Secondary Education in Pakistan. The program has been very popular; 3,000 students have completed the program, and approximately 6,000 are foreseen for upcoming enrollment. This group of women will have tremendous impact on the development of society as a whole. Graduates have become teachers, health workers, social workers, and skilled women able to contribute financially to their families. They have gained confidence, self-esteem, and financial independence. Parents, husbands, brothers, in-laws, local communities, and religious leaders have all recognized the quality of the program. The program was expanded first to include urban women and most recently to include males. An appendix lists courses offered. Six data tables outline distance-education advantages and program outcomes. (Contains 10 references.) (TD)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Distance Education, Educational Change, Educational Practices, Empowerment, Foreign Countries, Outcomes of Education, Relevance (Education), Rural Education, Rural Women, Secondary Education, Single Sex Classes, Vocational Education, Womens Education
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