An on-the-field researcher has written an informative report about the growth of humble private schooling in Africa and, in the process, takes a shot at the United Nations. (Spoiler Alert: UN is gaga over government-sponsored Free Primary Education.)
James Tooley met with several innovative educators, like Jane Yavetsi who runs the Makima Primary School. It's located in a slum in Kenya and the orphans who attend are generously given a free education, private-sector style, by Proprietor Jane (although she is struggling financially). Note the photo of one of the schools - a prototype - located in Nigeria.
Tooley is a true believer when it comes to the schools housed in the rickety tin structures. As he memorably puts it: "... private is better than public but no one suspected that private slum schools would be better."
And this zinger: "The remarkable reality [is] that the poor in Africa have not been waiting, helplessly, for the munificence of pop stars and western chancellors to ensure that their children get a decent education."
Maybe it's impolitic or impolite to ask, but what do those many dollars that U.S. taxpayers 'donate' to statist education in Africa produce?