Planning for successful alternative schooling: a possible route to Education for All

Planning for successful alternative schooling: a possible route to Education for All

Proposing and examining new alternative school programmes

This document proposes new, alternative programmes to traditional schooling in order to facilitate the achievement of Education for All (EFA).

The document states that even though there exists a lack of resources, the more fundamental problem is that the traditional model of education, the so-called ‘forms of formal schooling’, does not fit with what is understood to be the best way for people to learn. These existing school systems serve very poorly the learning needs of vast number of youngsters, particularly those in marginalised circumstances.

The alternative programmes considered in this document give hope that a different type of schooling might indeed be possible. This radically alternative form of pedagogy is achieving remarkable learning results, even among the poorest in the world. However the document states that these alternative programmes are part of a wider, long-term international research programme which is still at its beginning stages.

According to the document there are still three major questions that need to be addressed before these alternative programmes can be implemented successfully. The first question is that of institutionalisation. In other words, how to plan and implement these programmes effectively. The second question is that of pedagogy, examining exactly how these young people learn. Lastly the question of teacher learning needs to be addressed in order to find out how these adults can learn to successfully implement this radically alternative form of pedagogy.

Overall the document states that the most important lesson for educational planners to learn is that it can be done. There is no single lesson or one best practice available but there is one vast resource, the people around the world who have made these systems happen. These people have tailored new and long standing ideas about schooling and learning in their own places.