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Participation, Learning and Change

Commonwealth Approaches to Non-formal Education

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What is attempted here is a distillation of the collective wisdom of the New Delhi Conference on Non-Formal Education (January 1979) into a readable narrative. Some of the Conference papers are quoted in full: others are used as the basis for a discussion of the major current themes of non-formal education for development. Without the papers and the hard thinking that went into them, no book would have been possible. Without the Conference, their interpretation might well have been different. With the help of both, it is hoped that this book will provide both stimulation and guidance to non-formal educators in the important tasks which lie ahead.

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Operational Problems

It has already been noted that one of the widely perceived advantages of non-formal education is flexibility. In part this stems from the fact that programmes have frequently been conceived in isolation by separate governmental and non-governmental organizations: each has responded swiftly to a particular need at a particular time and at a particular place. But if particularity and isolation have given rise to virtue, then this has been largely a matter of accident.

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