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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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Foreword

Success in the promotion of new ideas in education is often a factor of timing. When the Commonwealth Ministers of Education met in 1977, ‘non-formal’ alternatives to formal schooling were already a subject of growing importance. There was also a need to understand those alternatives and to assess their place in the whole process of national development.

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