The relative isolation of the individual from major changes in his own country and the world restricts automatic exposure to new experiences. There are few sources of outside news, nor do new visitors pass through often. Although there is an increasing number of people in formal or trade education, educational systems are mainly limited to formal primary curriculum, apprenticeships, and some educational broadcasts on the radio. A large number of adults are illiterate, having been forced to leave school by their families in order to work; often the formal education they have received is inappropriate. Adults and children alike find the time between starting school and leaving to get a job too long if home responsibilities must also be fulfilled.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
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