Community Schools in Africa:

Reaching the Unreached

  • Editors
  • Kristin Helmore
  • Deborah Glassman
  • Jordan Naidoo
  • Fred Wood
  • Chloe O'Gara

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Deborah Glassman, Mamadou Millogo
    Pages 9-35
  3. Amy Jo Dowd, Lester Namathaka
    Pages 37-74
  4. Fred Wood, Mengistu Edo Koricha
    Pages 75-100
  5. Bonita Birungi, Mengistu Hadijah Nandyose, Mengistu Fred Wood, Mengistu Catherine Kennedy
    Pages 101-132
  6. Jordan Naidoo
    Pages 171-193
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 195-198

About this book


Over the past decade, community schools similar to those supported by Save the Children have been established in many developing countries, and especially in sub-Saharan Africa. As large numbers of children attend schools started and managed by their own communities and/or by nongovernmental organizations, questions have come up about the impact of such schools at large scale: "Can village-based or community schools have a national impact on access to education, spur improved long-term development strategies and education policy, or achieve or influence Education for All? This book explores these and related questions, drawing on Save the Children’s experience with community-based schooling in four countries: Ethiopia, Malawi, Mali, and Uganda.

The literature on community schools in Africa tends to be sparse, repetitive and highly descriptive with little or no sustained critique of practice. This book fills a substantial gap in the education literature and is particularly timely, given the current emphasis on decentralization and community involvement in education.

Save the Children has been a pioneer in the community school movement, particularly in Africa. Community schools are created in areas where access to education is limited or non-existent. The community school approach has been recognized for its easy replicability, cost-effectiveness and dramatic improvements in basic education for children in need.


Africa Community Glassman Reaching Save the Children Schools Unreached education education policy

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-45106-0
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-45107-7
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