Education Reforms In Sub-Saharan Africa

Education Reforms In Sub-Saharan Africa

by Jeanne Moulton, James Williams, Karen Mundy, Michel Welmond
     
 

Although many countries in sub-Saharan Africa have proclaimed it their goal to achieve free universal primary schooling to all children, few have come close to achieving it. The authors of this study describe the implementation of a major primary school reform in five countries (Benin, Ethiopia, Guinea, Malawi, and Uganda).

The authors of this volume describe the

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Overview

Although many countries in sub-Saharan Africa have proclaimed it their goal to achieve free universal primary schooling to all children, few have come close to achieving it. The authors of this study describe the implementation of a major primary school reform in five countries (Benin, Ethiopia, Guinea, Malawi, and Uganda).

The authors of this volume describe the efforts made in the last decade of the 20th century to reform African education, the goal of which was to achieve education for all. In a series of five case studies, the politics surrounding the planning and implementation of these reforms are considered, and their outcomes analyzed. The countries considered are Benin, Ethiopia, Guinea, Malawi, and Uganda. Although the reforms are still underway, the book covers at least their first five years, bringing together facts and judgments into coherent stories.

The authors present some conclusions about the implementation of basic education reforms that deserve serious consideration by policymakers, planners, and program managers. Have our assumptions about the process of reform been correct? Have we selected the policy instruments most suitable for use in implementing various policies and programs? What should we do to change the course of reform as we continue?

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313317774
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/05/2000
Series:
Contributions to the Study of Education Series
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

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Meet the Author

JEANNE MOULTON is a consultant in international education in Palo Alto, California.

KAREN MUNDY is Assistant Professor, Social Sciences, Policy, and Educational Practice, Stanford University School of Education.

MICHEL WELMOND is Research Educational Analyst, Center for International Development, Research Triangle Institute in North Carolina.

JAMES H. WILLIAMS is Assistant Professor of International Education, Department of Educational Leadership, George Washington University.

Table of Contents

List of Tables
Abbreviations and Acronyms
Acknowledgments
1Introduction: Implementation Research and Educational Reform in Sub-Saharan Africa1
2Malawi: Externally Driven Reforms and Their Adoption during Democratic Transition13
3Uganda: External and Domestic Efforts to Revive a Derelict Primary School System53
4Benin: Systemic Education Reform during Democratic Transition, 1991-9787
5Guinea: To Projectize or Not to Projectize? Two Different Donor Responses to Education Reform119
6Ethiopia: "Ownership" and the Implementation of Systemic Educational Reform, 1991-98149
7Conclusion: Paradigm Lost? Synthesis and Discussion179
Bibliography213
Index225
About the Contributors233

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