Out of School Education
From the Botswana Federation of Trade Unions
10.1 Education should not be conceived only as schooling, but as a lifelong learning process for all, both young and old. The goal is to create a learning society in which every individual is acquiring new knowledge. It is therefore necessary to provide access to learning opportunities outside formal education to benefit those who would wish to further their education.
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10.2 Out-of-School education is a complex area in view of the wide variety of client groups it caters for. The current situation reveals that the various providers of out-of-school education operate parallel to each other and the quality of the programmes is uneven. This sector lacks the status and recognition it usually enjoys in developed and some developing countries. The sector also lacks a comprehensive policy as it was left out of the Government Paper No. 1 of 1977 with a view to prepare a separate policy which was never done.
10.3 Government recognises the need to create learning opportunities outside the formal education system at all levels for those who would want to avail themselves to the pursuit of further learning. An institutional framework will be created for the delivery and co-ordination of all types of out-of-school education.