ERIC Number: ED472756
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Successful Experiences in Non-Formal Education and Alternative Approaches to Basic Education in Africa.
Thompson, Ekundayo J. D.
This document profiles 10 successful experiences in nonformal education (NFE) programs across Africa. Common features of the programs profiled are as follows: (1) provide educational opportunities for those who have missed out on formal education; (2) show evidence of learners' acquisition of competencies for work and survival; (3) demonstrate capacity for innovation in facilitative learning; (4) provide space for community involvement in provision and management of learning opportunities and educational resources; (5) establish functional links between school and community; (6) emphasize the relationship between learning and capacity for earning; (7) contribute to achievement of the goals of education for all; (8) show evidence of collaborative partnership; (9) facilitate fulfillment of learners' basic needs and rights; and (10) demonstrate potential for replication. Key characteristics of the nine case study programs are as follows: (1) diversity of objectives; (2) demand orientation; (3) formal-nonformal nexus; (4) official recognition; and (5) innovation. The following critical issues are discussed: the concept of mainstreaming; NFE in the image of the formal education community; and integrating formal education and NFE. The following ways forward for NFE are proposed: (1) advocating a legal and policy framework for NFE; (2) constructing an institutional framework; (3) developing NFE in its own image; and (4) capacitating the NFE teaching force. (MN)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adjustment (to Environment), Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Programs, Case Studies, Citizenship Education, Community Education, Conservation Education, Conservation (Environment), Cooperative Planning, Curriculum Development, Delivery Systems, Demonstration Programs, Developing Nations, Educational Environment, Educational Opportunities, Educational Planning, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Educational Principles, Equal Education, Foreign Countries, Instructional Materials, Literacy Education, Mainstreaming, Material Development, Models, Nonformal Education, Nontraditional Education, Partnerships in Education, Policy Formation, Poverty, Research and Development, School Community Relationship, Teamwork, Urban Areas, Urban Education
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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Sponsor: Association for the Development of Education in Africa, Paris (France).
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Africa