A design for regional cooperation

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Bernard Van Leer Foundation


This paper reviews the various factors hampering regional cooperation in the Caribbean and lists specific areas in which interinstitutional cooperation might be developed. The Caribbean people live in a variety of cultural backgrounds, which is often the result of a naive imitation of structures, situations, and conditions prevailing in the ancient metropoles. Language problems are very serious. Attempts to develop collaboration since 1945 have not been successful, but universities are already cooperating efficiently. As possible areas of useful collaboration, the paper lists: preprimary education, stressing its importance and exemplifying specific collaborative tasks for various organizations; fundamental research for the study of the factors affecting child development; and evaluative research, for example, testing, training techniques, and methodologies. The activities of the Centre for Early Childhood Education (CECE) could be extended so that it would serve as coordinator and collaborator for various government agencies


Caribbean Regional Seminar on Early Childhood Education, 2nd, Willemstad, Curacao, 6-11 May, 1974
Bernard Van Leer Foundation

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