The Journal of Technology Transfer

, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 40–44 | Cite as

Adaptating American adult-education methods in lesotho

  • John T. Masten
  • Donald W. Richard
Technology Transfer in LDCs


This article deals with a project sponsored by the US Agency for International Development that was designed to transfer American adult-education techniques to the developing nation of Lesotho in southern Africa. The goal of the transfer was to improve the quality of education in Lesotho at the primary-school level by creating a nation-wide program to improve teacher skills. Intensive, after-hours, in-country, college-level training was offered to the country's teachers. Although this approach is common in developed countries, it was a first-time innovative technique for Lesotho. More than 400 primary school teachers participated in the program. The transfer was initially difficult to implement because of a lack of institutional and governmental interest and a “gap” between project implementation requirements and the Ministry of Education's management capacity. A contingency approach was developed that partially bypassed local institutions. In the short term, the project has succeeded in producing 334 “graduates” and in raising the level of local interest.


Economic Growth Develop Country Primary School International Development School Teacher 
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© Technology Transfer Society 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • John T. Masten
    • 1
  • Donald W. Richard
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Business at Tennessee State UniversityNashville

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