Education cycle


[A] continuous period of education such as those of primary, secondary and higher education.

example of use

A cluster of schools in Namibia consists of five to seven schools on average. Most schools are basic education schools, but some also contain upper grades. The school with the most resources and complete education cycle serves as the cluster centre. The cluster centre should be central and accessible to its satellite schools and ideally have access to other commercial services. Cluster centres are the focal point of contact and coordination between cluster schools. They act as meeting places and sites for in-service training, since they contain materials such as audio-visual aids and duplicating facilities (Giordano, 2008: 52). , At the World Conference on Education for All in 1990, most developing countries reaffirmed their commitment to providing universal access to a first cycle of education to their school-age children. As a result, primary enrolments throughout the developing world have grown, fuelled by grants, expanded lending and by substantial domestic allocations of resources. Little attention was paid at the conference to the consequences of enrolment expansion in relation to the resources needed for secondary-schools. However, it was clear then that in many developing countries secondary school participation rates could not grow rapidly without changes in the structure and nature of their financing (Lewin and Caillods, 2001: 1).

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