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Title Some reflections on rural education with Norway as a case
Abstract In developing countries the majority of people still live in rural areas and agriculture is their main occupation and source of income. They are typically among the poorest people in the society. Any education system that does not take this into account will not answer to the main problem of poverty reduction. On this background it is important to argue that education for rural people must come very high on the agenda when post-primary education in developing countries is discussed. Some reflections around the Norwegian experience the last 150 years could serve as “lessons learnt” and contribute to these discussions. Good examples can be found in many African countries of agricultural education. But very few are more than examples of limited impact reaching out to only a small group of people. These examples therefore have only limited relevance for improvement of the situation for the rural population. This can be seen in the fact that the rural population in general is among the poorest in society, with the lowest literacy rate. The agricultural output is low and with low growth rates compared to other sectors in society. This was also the case in Norway a hundred years ago. The situation in the country gradually changed, and, as we know, Norway is no longer a poor country. There are of course many reasons for this change and history cannot be replicated. But some parallels can be drawn from the situation in Norway at the beginning of the 19th century to the situation in African countries today that could be worth looking into, concerning rural education and the impact it had on poverty reduction and improvement in the standards of living for the rural population.
Year 2007
Format Other
Infotype Case Study;
Subject Improved food security and better nutrition
Region Europe;
Country Norway;