In addition to knowledge and skills, effective rural schooling provides a firm base for further education and career choice. The role of schools in rural communities cannot be detached from rural development efforts by both the public and the private sectors in developing countries. That is why, when Robert Chambers delves into prolonged professional conditioning that has built bias into the perceptions of many of those concerned with rural development, this should include educationalists and curriculum planners, with specific reference to the challenges of the 21st century. For many families in rural locations, accessing quality education in the local area is becoming increasingly difficult. There are many reasons for this, including major changes to the demographics of rural areas, ongoing school consolidations and closures, and ...

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