19 November 2015

Workers' Faculties in the Developing World

"Worker’s Faculties" were widespread in the Soviet Union until 1941. They had two main goals--preparing adult workers and peasants for university entrance through the provision of general education and creating a new socialist intelligentsia from among these groups. At the conclusion of World War II similar Faculties were established in countries across post-colonial Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Based on case studies in Vietnam, Cuba, and Mozambique, authors Tim Kaiser, Tobias Kriele, Ingrid Miethe, and Alexandra Piepiorka of the University of Giessen argue that corresponding transfer processes were largely driven by local actors in the respective countries and that these institutions were regarded as suitable instruments in solving problems particular to postcolonial contexts. If you would like to read this entire paper, "Educational Transfers in Postcolonial Contexts: Preliminary Results From Comparative Research on Workers’ Faculties in Vietnam, Cuba, and Mozambique," or any other content from our journal, you can find out more about subscriptions at this page.