Puryose of Scnooana and concern over curricular 'relevance among 'rural .afar communities

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Addis Ababa Universty


The main intent of this study was to look into the purposes rural Afar communities attach to schooling and their concern over curricular relevance. For this purposes, case study design was employed based on which one zone, two woredas and six kebeles were selected as source of information. Data were gathered from 23 rural Afar communities, 10 teachers and 12 woreda education experts. In selecting the sample zone and Woredas simple random sampling techniques were employed and purposive and availability sampling techniques were employed in selecting sample Kebeles and rural communities, teachers and education experts. Interview and focu s group discussion were the data collection instruments used in the study. The result of the study showed that, job opportunity; regretted by their poor educational background; high value given to education, low demand of child labor and short distance between school and home were identified as factors that makes members of the community to educate their children. Moreover, the result of the study identified that there was no sex preference in attending schooling and job opportunity for their children. But still labor demand identified as factors that makes some community sex preference specially their daughters. On the other hand little child labor; economic problem and mobility of the community makes some members of the community not educate their children. Based on the findings constructing of semi-sedentary schools, mobile schools and boarding schools, development program such as settlement of the people, rangeland development program and extension and package program, the establishment of grinding mills, water walls around the village; equitable distribution of feeding program in all kebeles, non-formal education program and recruiting females into the profession were recommended.