ERIC Number: ED473886
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Targeting the Rural Poor: The Role of Education and Training.
Gasperini, Lavinia; Maguire, Charles
Over 70 percent of the world's poor live in rural areas, and most of these people are illiterate and undernourished. This paper calls for the international donor community and developing nations to combine for an all-out assault on rural poverty, and presents a proposal for education for sustainable rural development. Education for rural development must be placed at the core of the global and national development agenda with a focus on basic learning needs of rural livelihoods and on Education for All. Strategies must focus on expanding access to education, improving school attendance in rural areas, and improving the quality and relevance of education. Other essential actions and strategies include (1) strengthening institutional capacity to plan and manage education for rural development by supporting new partnerships at the national and international levels; (2) addressing education for rural development systemically across all levels of education; (3) helping traditional agricultural education adjust to changing labor market needs; and (4) inviting and involving new stakeholders. The role of international agencies and donors in this initiative is outlined, followed by reasons why the initiative is needed now and next steps in its development. (SV)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Developing Nations, Disadvantaged, Educational Needs, Educational Strategies, Foreign Countries, Institutional Cooperation, International Cooperation, Poverty, Rural Areas, Rural Development, Rural Education, Rural Population
For full text: http://www.fao.org/sd/2002/KN0301a_en.htm.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome (Italy).
Note: Paper presented at the International Working Group on Education (Lisbon, Portugal, November 19-21, 2001).