Accession Number : AD1020312


Title :   Combating Stability Concerns and Promoting Development Through Literacy and Education


Descriptive Note : Technical Report,10 Aug 2015,10 Jun 2016


Corporate Author : US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States


Personal Author(s) : McWilliams, Megan A


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1020312.pdf


Report Date : 10 Jun 2016


Pagination or Media Count : 78


Abstract : The United Nations declared education as a fundamental right that should be free, compulsory, and afforded to everyone under The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Education and literacy are crucial for not only human development but also societal development. Literacy promotes democratic institutions, economic security, job opportunities, and general health awareness. Instability plagues countries with poor literacy rates. This is the case for West Africa. It contains the largest number of illiterate adults and greatest security implications on the continent. This thesis examines three case studies of states that experienced tragic wars and low rates of literacy: Republic of Korea, Afghanistan, and Liberia. It will then evaluate if the education programs are efficient, effective, and acceptable. This will then help to answer the main research question; should U.S. African Command place greater emphasis on educational programs as part of the theater engagement plan in West Africa to enhance regional stability.


Descriptors :   case studies , education , human rights , united nations , national security , societies , Literacy , stability , Strategy , Afghanistan , Liberia , South Korea , Culture , united states africa command , national security , West Africa


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE