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|Title: ||Continuing Education for Agricultural Agents in Ghana Using Open and Distance Learning Methods and Materials|
|Authors: ||Aggor, R. A|
|Issue Date: ||12-Jul-2002|
|Abstract: ||A pilot project is being conducted in Ghana to provide continuing agricultural education
for Agricultural Extension Agents (AEAs) using open and distance learning methods and
materials. The project is a collaboratory one involving the following agencies:
! The Commonwealth of Learning
! The Distance Education Programme of the Ghana Ministry of Education
! The Crops Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
! Information Support Unit of the Ghana Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA).
The aim of the project is to enhance the professional capacity of the AEAs so that they
are better equipped to assist farmers to produce more and healthier crops, and minimize
the abuse of agro-chemicals. The ultimate goal of the project, however, is to contribute
to the national effort to reduce food imports and also ensure food security in Ghana.
* Ministry of Education/University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana
** CSIR-Crops Research Institute, Box 3785, Kumasi, Ghana
*** Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Vancouver, Canada
The paper highlights what has been done so far under the project, what we intend to do.
It starts with a summary of the preparatory activities. It then discusses the results of a
survey carried out in the project area to determine the immediate learning needs of
agricultural extension agents (AEAS) who are the target group. The final part of the
paper provides some details of the work plan and how ODL is to be used.|
|Description: ||Paper presented at the Second Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open and Distance
Learning at Durban, South Africa, July 29- August 2, 2002.|
|Appears in Collections:||Institute of Distance Learning|
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