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An Assessment of The Contributions of Alternative Basic Education to Primary Education(Grade 1-8) In Afar Region

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dc.contributor.advisor Zeleke, Befekadu (Associate Professor)
dc.contributor.author Ahmed, Anwar
dc.date.accessioned 2018-06-22T08:13:06Z
dc.date.available 2018-06-22T08:13:06Z
dc.date.issued 2010-06
dc.identifier.uri http://localhost:80/xmlui/handle/123456789/2919
dc.description.abstract The main purpose of this research was assessing the contributions of ABE to primary education in terms of access, equity, efficiency, relevance and quality. The method employed to conduct this study was descriptive survey. Regional Education Bureau and Woreda Education Office officials and concerned experts, facilitators, the parents around the ABEs and 2 MOE experts were used as sources of data. To this end. the main contributions of ABE in terms of access to education, improvement in equity and internal efficiency were assessed. In addition, relevancy of ABE curriculum to the pastoralists and the level of quality of ABEs were also examined. The necessary data for the study was collected through questionnaires, interview, focus group discussions, observation and dacument review. The study was conducted in six randomly selected Woredas of Afar region. A total of 90 respondents, namely 2 MOE, 6 REB, 23 WEO, 20 facilitators and 39 community members have participated. The data analysis method used in the study was textual analysis and statistical tools. The findings of the study revealed that: Although ABE has a positive impact and helped to reach more pastoralists than the formal schools, illness of students and mobility of the pastoralists during dry season in search of water and pasture increased dropout rate, especially girls; parents also showed preference towards Quranic teachings for their daughters, ABE was considered as an inferior education by the parents and their reasons were the contents of the text book and the length of time spent by children in schools; inadequate educational inputs, facilitator's motivation and absenteeism, low qualification of facilitators were identified as quality problems. The major conclusions drawn from the study were: ABE played a very important role in ensuring education to the pastoralists; although ABEs are established nearer to the communities, mobility makes it difficultfor most parents to send their children, especially girls, to school; the drop out is found to be very high due to drought and illness of children, Inadequate educational inputs and low educational qualification of facilitators. Finally, the study recommended: launching feeding programme, providing incentives for female students, recroiting more female role model facilitators and applying flexible school calendar to increase access, improve equity and reduce dropouts. Revisiting the curriculum will ensure relevance and increase competitiveness of ABE students in grade 5. In order to improve the quality of ABEs; increasing the frequency of supervision, providing the necessary educational inputs, increasing the salary and minimum qualification and more training to the facilitators to make teaching career attractive to the natives en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Addis Ababa University en_US
dc.subject Education en_US
dc.title An Assessment of The Contributions of Alternative Basic Education to Primary Education(Grade 1-8) In Afar Region en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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