EDUCATIONAL AIMS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE HUMAN POTENTIAL OF THE POOR
Kok, J.C. and Pauw, J.G., Rand Afrikaans University, South Africa
The development of the human potential of the poor could contribute significantly to the alleviation of poverty. In a study to find such relevant aims, qualitative empirical data as well as literature and electronically broadcasted programmes were analyzed. The internet was extensively used to gather data and to verify them nationally and internationally. Experts in South Africa and in comparable countries in South America took part in the study. From the analyzed data four categories of educational needs of the poor could be established: 1)Educational needs that are relevant to daily existence and survival; 2)Educational needs that stem from the fact that modern day life requires from human beings to assert themselves in, and to continuously adapt to their rapidly changing environment; 3)Educational needs linked to human cognition; 4)Educational needs linked to spiritual, psychological and social needs. A number of specific educational needs will be listed in each category. Likewise a number of specific educational goals will be linked to each need. These will be part of the proposed poster. In addition recommendations will be made with regard to the health levels of such communities, the self concept of such learners, the nature of civil society, literacy, proficiency in English, computer skills, the training of teachers and outcomes based education.