Words from Kenya

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Why is it acceptable for schools to be so bad in developing countries?

The photograph is of a well equipped classroom in one of the best government schools in northern Kenya. Every time I visit such a school I always wonder why it is that everybody accepts such ridiculously low standards for education here. Or indeed in most countries across the African continent. The prevailing ideology of development agencies seems to be that if you build a classroom you have a school. Yet we all know that a building is not a school. A building only becomes a school when it houses a collection of things that enable people to learn. Often the most important element in a school are teachers. A teacher is someone who facilitates learning, other things that facilitate ... Continue Reading