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Struggles for Education in Africa and Asia: Dreams Vs Reality

Joanna Härmä

This book tells the real story of education in low-income countries and shows why ordinary people are making extreme sacrifices to reject free public schools in favor of low quality private schools, both legal and illegal. Based on the author's experience of working in the UN system, for a child rights NGO in New Delhi; and working on aid projects and with private foundations in Africa and South Asia, Joanna Harma reveals how public education systems got to their current state of dysfunction. She argues that the international aid community and United Nations bodies such as UNESCO and UNICEF have facilitated the decline in public education and argues that young children are being let down by education systems and policy from the local to the international. Harma looks at this issue from the perspectives of various stakeholders including international human rights workers, parents, the companies who set up the schools, policy makers and NGO workers. The book includes a preface from Ben Phillips, Director of Communications at The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

Book Details

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publish Date: Jan 23rd, 2025
  • Pages: 256
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.21in - 6.14in - 1.00in - 1.00lb
  • EAN: 9781350469211
  • Categories: ComparativeEducational Policy & Reform

About the Author

Härmä, Joanna: - Joanna Härmä is Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for International Education, University of Sussex, UK; Honorary Fellow at the Centre of African Studies, and Teaching Fellow at Moray House School of Education and Sport, University of Edinburgh, UK.

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