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Community Schools in Africa

Reaching the Unreached

Community Schools in Africa
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Over the past decade, community schools similar to those supported by Save the Children have been established in many developing countries, and especially in sub-Saharan Africa. As large numbers of children attend schools started and managed by their own communities and/or by nongovernmental organizations. Questions have come up about the impact of such schools at large scale: "Can village-based or community schools have a national impact on access to education, spur improved long-term development strategies and education policy, or achieve or influence Education for All? This book explores these and related questions, drawing on Save the Children's experience with community-based schooling in four countries: Ethiopia, Malawi, Mali, and Uganda. The literature on community schools in Africa tends to be sparse, repetitive and highly descriptive with little or no sustained critique of practice. This book fills a big gap in the education literature and is particularly timely, given the current emphasis on decentralization and community involvement in education.
Springer-Verlag New York Inc; April 2007
221 pages; ISBN 9780387451060
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