A Report of USAID Activities
In Collaboration with the
Venezuelan Ministry of Education
for the Per iod 1961 - 1966
..... c r':'80-(. these needs. It is planned that this type of organization ".Iil::"
t.nen t;j?read to the local level.
American homes and working in ll.merican shools t.o give first-hand
practical e:> .... perience in putting theory into action and IDgeting real
si tua tions tha t need solutions.
'rlhe grm.;th and development of the EDUPLAN Curriculum
Commission as described earlier in this paper evidences the Implementation
of these recommendations.
Other recoTInnenda tions made in the S8.me report which have ser.red
as a basis for UHM cooperation and have result.ed in assisting change in
Venezuelan education are:
+ Close cooperation and a harmonious relationship should pre
vail amopg USAID, U1-lM and ME. Perhaps the most immediate
area of study for these groups should be the designing of
a program of mutua.l assiDtance whorein the combined resources
could ,.,ork to assist the basic educational reform Hhich is
certain to develop in the immediate or near future. The
total scope of such assistance lies beyond the resources of
any single university or organizat.ion; hm·rever, it \-,ould be
very advantegeous to utilize the resources of a single
university (in this ·case, UHM:) to the fullest. He must
continue to plan participant programs·to the United States
and other countries and local programs to develop Venezuelan
training and research centers.
+ A tripartite, university-type contract among USAID, mM
and ME should receive immediate and careful consideration
by all parties concerned. An integral part of such a con
tract "muld be the careful selection of personnel to study
abroad, clear statements of purpose and e)..'""Pectations to be
derived from such study and plans for the effective utili
zation of' the participants upon their return to Venezuela.
conferences with offici;qls from the Ministry of Education haye also
been held concerning program development, volunteer placement, etc.
Several days of joint consul tatiol1 "Jere held in May 1966
"Ii 1,h r epresentatives of the I .sti tut o Lingul stico Color.1bo-flJnericano who
had been invited by USIS to present and nemonstrate their unique programs
for teachillg English to high school students and for teacher training.
These prograllS in Colombia are being supervised by Peace Corps yolunteers
and are under consideration for modificotioY) and adoption b;\r t.he EDUPL.A.1IJ
sub-commission on foreign language instruction.
The USJUD education officer is also called on for briefing
sessions with ne", Pence Corps groups as part of their regular orierltation
programs in Vens·zuela.
Such cooperatio!1 in education is in line with the general
working relationship that exists beh'ee" the Peace Corps and other
divisions of USAID as \olell.