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Strengthening Communities: Non-formal Education

The Peace Corps not only educated students in school classrooms, but used the wider community as a platform for spreading information to local citizens.  Although many volunteers worked in formal education, others were assigned to community development projects.   Non-formal education sought to establish community programming and workshops based on areas of need.  While some focused on a specifically on health care or sanitation, others were encouraged to assess the local community’s greatest needs before developing projects on-site.  Community outreach included youth and business development, in addition to environmental and health education.

In Colombia, Christine Hager sought to educate young girls and women about cooking and sewing.  Serving in Dagua Valle, Colombia (1968-1970), Hager organized clubs for mothers and young girls to provide support.  The community development also included experiential learning on raising chickens, planting seed beds, and gardening.

Brian Adler and Cynthia Elliot also worked with non-formal rural community education in Marshall Creek, Suriname.  Instead of formally teaching students in a classroom, Brian and Cynthia organized community libraries, after-school programs for youth, and workshops to teach English to adults in the community.

The collections documenting the variety of community development reinforce the Peace Corps’ commitment to educating communities and improving people’s lives.

Peggy Gleeson Wyllie in Colombia

Peggy Gleeson Wyllie

Country of Service: Colombia
Place of Service: Fusagasuga and Guapi
Service Type: Nursing and Nursing Education
Dates in Service: 1963-1965
Keywords: Education, Health, Nursing

Accession Date: February 2011; Friends of Colombia Archive
Access: No restrictions
Collection Size: 3 folders

Document Types

  • Correspondence
  • Photographs
  • Publications
  • Slides

David Wessel in Colombia

David Wessel

Country of Service: Colombia
Place of Service: Rivere, Huila and Antioguia
Service Project Title: CARE Program
Dates in Service: 1962-1964
Keywords: Education, Health, Nutrition, Sanitation

Accession Date: July 2000; Friends of Colombia Archive
Access: No restrictions
Collection Size: 0.75 linear feet

Document Types

  • Correspondence
  • Photographs
  • Publications

Terry Kennedy in Colombia

Terry Kennedy

Country of Service: Colombia
Place of Service: Tangua, Narino
Service Project Title: Educational TV Project (ETV)
Dates in Service: 1964-1966
Keywords: Education, Information Technology, Youth

Accession Date: June 1999; Friends of Colombia Archive
Access: No restrictions
Collection Size: 1 linear foot

Document Types

  • Correspondence
  • Notebooks
  • Photographs
  • Publications
  • Slides

Christine Hager in Colombia

Christine Hager

Country of Service: Colombia
Place of Service: Dagua, Valle
Service Type: Nutrition Education; Integrated Plan for Applied Nutrition (PINA)
Dates in Service: 1968-1970
Keywords: Education, Health

Accession Date: January 2006; Friends of Colombia Archive
Access: No restrictions
Collection Size: 1 linear foot

Document Types

  • Correspondence
  • Photographs
  • Publications
  • Slides

Tom Mullin in Colombia

Tom Mullin

Country of Service: Colombia
Place of Service: Cundinamarca
Service Project Title: CARE Project
Dates in Service: 1961-1963
Keywords: Community Development

Accession Date: February 2007; Friends of Colombia Archive
Access: No restrictions
Collection Size: 0.25 linear feet

Document Types

  • Reports
  • Publications

Nancy Ann McClintock in Colombia

Nancy Ann McClintock

Country of Service: Colombia
Place of Service: Pereira and Bogota
Service Type: Education and Conservation
Dates in Service: 1972-1974
Keywords: Agriculture, Education, Environment, Youth

Accession Date: July 2001; Friends of Colombia Archive
Access: No restrictions
Collection Size: 3 folders

Document Types

  • Correspondence
  • Publications
  • Sound

Joel Lazinger in Colombia

Joel Lazinger

Country of Service: Colombia
Place of Service: Acacias
Service Project Title: Co-op Development Program
Dates in Service: 1964-1966
Keywords: Community Development

Accession Date: July 2003; Friends of Colombia Archive
Access: No restrictions
Collection Size: 2 folders

Document Types

  • Diary
  • Photographs

Digital Surrogates

  • Diary (disc)
  • Photographs (disc)

James Kolb in Colombia

James Kolb

Country of Service: Colombia
Place of Service: Cajica
Service Project Title: Educational Television, Colombian Ministry of Education
Dates in Service: 1963-1965
Keywords: Education, Technology, Youth

Accession Date: November 2004, March 2012, January 2013; Friends of Colombia Archive
Access: No restrictions
Collection Size: 1 folder

Document Types

  • Correspondence
  • Photographs
  • Publications

Digital Surrogates

  • Correspondence and Educational TV documents (disc)

Jennifer Frum in Colombia

Jennifer Belt Frum

Country of Service: Colombia
Place of Service: Quibdo, Choco
Service Project Title: CARE Project
Dates in Service: 1965-1967
Keywords: Community Development, Education, Environment, Health

Accession Date: March 2008; Friends of Colombia Archive
Access: No restrictions
Collection Size: 0.25 linear feet

Document Types

  • Correspondence
  • Reports
  • Publications