Private Schooling in Less Economically Developed Countries: Asian and African Perspectives

| April 12, 2011

Title: Private Schooling in Less Economically Developed Countries: Asian and African Perspectives

Editors: Prachi Srivastava and Geoffrey Walford

Publisher: Didcot : Symposium Books, 2007

Call Number: LC57.5 .P75 2007

From the Publisher:

“The increased marketisation and privatisation of schooling in economically developing countries struggling to achieve Education for All and Millennium Development Goals warrants a focused examination of the phenomenon. However, there is little work on the nature and extent of private provision in countries that, on the one hand, are striving to meet international commitments of universal schooling provision and, on the other, face such challenges as constrained public budgets, low levels of quality, and persistent schooling gaps. This volume brings together new research evidence from academics and policy makers on the nature and extent of private provision in a range of countries across Asia and Africa. As South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa account for the majority of the world’s population of children out of school, this book sheds new light on the changing context of schooling provision in some of the most vulnerable regions. Of particular interest is the nature and potential impact of private provision on the educational opportunities of economically and socially disadvantaged children.”

About the Editors:

Dr Prachi Srivastava is currently Assistant Professor at the School for International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa, Canada. She obtained her doctorate from the University of Oxford in 2005, and was awarded the prestigious ESRC Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship which she held at the Department of Educational Studies, University of Oxford. She joined the Centre for International Education, Sussex School of Education as Lecturer in Education in September 2006, where she also led the MA in International Education and Development (2007-2008). Her previous experience includes developing and implementing psycho-social education programmes for Kosovar refugee children in Albania and Bosnia-Herzegovina. She also spent a year and a half in Kosovo, first working for an international NGO where she developed a minority education integration programme for Roma and Ashkalia children; and later serving with the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo as Regional Education Officer where she was jointly responsible for the administration of the newly developing education system in the seven municipalities of Pristina Region.

Geoffrey Walford is Emeritus Professor of Education Policy and an Emeritus Fellow of Green Templeton College at the University of Oxford. He was previously Reader in Education Policy at Oxford, and Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Education Policy at Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham. He has academic degrees from Oxford, Kent, London and the Open Universities, and is author of more than 150 academic articles and book chapters. He was Joint Editor of the British Journal of Educational Studies from 1999 to 2002, and is Editor of the annual volume, Studies in Educational Ethnography. He has been Editor of the Oxford Review of Education since 2004.

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