Education in newly independent countries. Problematic models and the significance of the Cuban alternative

Hickling-Hudson, Anne R., Corona Gonzalez, Jorge, & Martin Sabina, Elvira (2006) Education in newly independent countries. Problematic models and the significance of the Cuban alternative. Journal für Entwicklungspolitik (Austrian Journal of Development Studies), 22(4), pp. 97-126.

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Across the globe, education systems have not yet fully rid themselves of the aftermath of colonialism. Neo-colonial education is characterized by multiple crises that stem from entrenched inequality and socio-economic disparities. These serve to perpetuate the global division of labour whereby large, poorly-educated populations in the new nations still provide cheap and low-skilled labour for the globalised industries of the wealthy. Against this background, this paper considers the Cuban model of education and its current reforms as an alternative way of conceptualizing education and its role in national and global development. Since the neo-liberal world economic order does not support the equitable development of education, alternatives such as the Cuban model of education are increasingly important to demonstrate that a low-income country can achieve its vision of high-quality education with equity, and at the same time share the benefits of this education with other countries committed to serious educational reform.

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ID Code: 7753
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Disparity crisis in global education, neoliberalism, neo, colonialism, postcolonialism, Cuban education and change, high, quality education, international cooperation
ISSN: 0258-2384
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education (130302)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Mandelbaum, Edition Sudwind
Deposited On: 17 May 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 23:55

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