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Belize's Rural Education and Agriculture Programme [microform] : Some Factors that Have Contributed to Its Success / Zellynne D. Jennings and Daniel Edmond
Bib ID 5478135
Format MicroformMicroform, BookBook
Jennings, Zellynne D
Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1986 
45 p. 

Belize (formerly British Honduras) has achieved a good deal of success with its Rural Education and Agriculture Programme (REAP). REAP was initiated in 1976 to create the attitudes and provide the skills necessary for rural youth to make meaningful contributions to the country's agricultural development. Initiated by an intraministerial and international agency group, REAP was conceived in three phases extending over a 10-year period. During the pilot phase (1976 to 1979) the program was tested in eight primary schools in three of the country's six districts and in one secondary school. A special program was developed to train teachers for the REAP program, and outdoor education centers were constructed in each pilot school to give students an opportunity to apply their learning in an agricultural setting. The main thrust of the district level phase (1979 to 1982) was the expansion of REAP to all six districts in Belize with the gradual transfer of much of the technical and material assistance received from foreign agencies to the government ministries, district-level officials, and community groups and service organizations. REAP's national-level phase began in 1982. REAP has received favorable evaluations from students and teachers alike, and 80 percent of the program's graduates have remained in rural Belize in some form of agriculture. The program is not without shortcomings, including perhaps too much stress on gardening at the expense of academic training. Despite these, there is little evidence to suggest that the program's goal of becoming a real force in Belize's socioeconomic development is overly ambitious. (MN)


ERIC Note: Paper presented at the Vocationalising Education Conference (London, England, May 7-9, 1986).

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18:

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Agricultural Education.  |  Developing Nations.  |  Educational History.  |  Program Content.  |  Program Development.  |  Program Effectiveness.  |  Rural Development.  |  Rural Education.  |  Rural Youth.  |  Secondary Education.  |  Vocational Education.  |  Youth Programs.  |  Belize Rural Education and Agriculture Program (Belize)
Form/genre Speeches/Meeting Papers.  |  Reports, Descriptive.
Other authors/contributors Edmond, Daniel, author  |  London Univ. (England). Inst. of Education
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