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Why do British charities want to shut down private schools in Africa?

Why would anyone who claims to care about the world’s poorest children try to shut down their schools? It’s strange and sad, but several British charities, in cahoots with some British unions, are making a concerted effort to close down hundreds of schools in Africa. They are doing this because they dislike private education, seeming not to care that this will destroy the life chances of thousands of desperate children, forcing them, at best, into state schools where the teachers are often absent, drunk or incapable.

Source: The Star, Kenya

Will African education be further privatized by private equity?

Will African education be further privatized by private equity? Morné van der Merwe, managing partner at Baker McKenzie’s Johannesburg office, “says an interesting development has been the emergence of Dubai as a hub for specific multinationals seeking investments into Africa. He sees privatization, which has been off the radar for some time, becoming more prominent and could provide a boost for future mergers and acquisitions. Education is another area to watch, as the creation of a growing middle class will increase demand for private education and could see local companies move cross border into this deal-making space.”


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What do we really know about Bridge International Academies?

Education International’s African leaders have released a statement today calling on their Heads of States to reject privatisation and to invest in quality public education for all. The statement warns against foreign multinational corporations who are seeking market opportunities and are targeting major African cities. These companies are attacking and undermining public education across the continent according to EI. The special attention was paid to Bridge International Academies which is emblematic of what is wrong with privatisation. The presented research paper "What do we really know about Bridge International Academies?" reviews seven studies conducted in local communities where it operates (in Liberia, Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda).

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