News that Pearson intends to invest in low-cost private education in Africa and Asia is a reason for cautious optimism, not cynical derision. Justin Sandefur, a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD), recently addressed three myths about education in the developing world, making a strong case that low-cost private providers can play an important and complementary role.
From Lahore to rural Balochistan, and Nairobi to the farthest reaches of the Rift Valley, parents are no longer waiting for superman. They have accepted that neither the public sector nor the aid industry is going to sweep in and save their children from broken schools, so they’re taking matters into their own hands. Hats off to DFID and Pearson for trying to figure out a way to help them.
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