Education in Rural Areas

Report of the Commonwealth Conference on Education in Rural Areas held at the University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana, 23 March to 2 April 1970

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Education in Rural Areas: An Overview

It is now recognised that comprehensive policies and programmes are necessary to raise the level of skills of rural communities and to develop attitudes of sympathetic understanding towards the complex social and economic changes which make up the development process. The selection of rural communities for special attention at the end of the first United Nations development decade reflects the disappointment with the results of concentration on modern industrial production, large-scale mechanised agriculture and the education and training of highlevel manpower. Experience has revealed unforeseen difficulties and the high cost of creating job opportunities in the modernised sectors of the economies of low-income countries.


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