Open and Distance Non-formal Education in Developing Countries

  • Colin Latchem

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Education book series (BRIEFSEDUCAT)

Also part of the SpringerBriefs in Open and Distance Education book sub series (BRIEFSODE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Background to the Study

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      Pages 1-1
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  3. Technology and Media for Open and Distance Non-formal Education

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      Pages 19-19
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  4. Cases of Open and Distance Non-formal Education

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      Pages 61-61
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  5. Conclusion

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About this book


This book is the first comprehensive account of developments in open and distance non-formal education in developing countries for over more than 20 years. It includes many instructive and inspiring examples of how international agencies such as UNESCO, FAO, WHO, UNICEF, USAID and the Commonwealth of Learning and national providers are using radio, TV, online and mobile learning, telecentres and other means to achieve the Education for All, Millennium Development and Sustainable Development Goals. 

It describes the educational needs of the world’s most disadvantaged, vulnerable and least formally educated children, youth and adult populations, including the disabled, refugees and prisoners. It also reports on the successes, outcomes, constraints and shortcomings of using open and distance methods and technology to deliver literacy and numeracy programmes, equivalency, ‘second chance’ or alternative schooling, life skills and rural community development programmes and income generation and vocational training outside the framework of the formal education system. It concludes with suggestions for the extension and improvement of such lifelong learning. 

Designed to encourage further research and development in these capacity-building practices outside the established formal system, this is a must-read for all policy-makers, managers, educators, students and researchers interested in non-formal education for individuals, families and communities in the developing world.


Open learning distance education online learning mobile learning international education development sustainable development goals learning design nonformal education access and equity developing countries education

Authors and affiliations

  • Colin Latchem
    • 1
  1. 1.PerthAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-6740-2
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-6741-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-1921
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-193X
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