Rural teachers in Africa: a report for ILO

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Lack of access to education in rural areas is one of the main development challenges in education. Evidence shows that primary school enrolment rates in rural areas lag behind urban rates in most developing countries. In rural areas, learning outcomes are lower, and completion rates for girls lag behind those in urban areas. Teacher quality is lower, pupil-to-teacher ratios are higher, and teacher retention and teacher absenteeism are larger problems. This paper examines African responses to the rural teacher challenge, and highlights good practices and approaches aimed at fostering...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Providers of education and training; Demographics; Employment; Policy; Workforce development; Governance; Quality

Keywords: Teachers; Rural; Working conditions; Development policy; Recruitment; Professional development; Capacity building

Geographic subjects: Africa

Published: Geneva, Switzerland: ILO, 2017

Physical description: vii, 64 p.

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Also called: Rural teachers in Africa: a report for International Labour Office

ISBN: 9789221285090 (web pdf)

On title page: Prepared by the Centre for International Teacher Education

Resource type: Working paper

Rights: Publications of the International Labour Office enjoy copyright under Protocol 2 of the Universal Copyright Convention. Nevertheless, short excerpts from them may be reproduced without authorization, on condition that the source is indicated.

Call number: TD/TNC 128.140

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