The Guardian\’s Katine Project

I\’m very impressed with their basic idea. Can a group sponsor a small region onto a better development path?

Absolutely fascinating to find out if it is indeed possible.

However, in detail I\’m not sure.

A considerable number of pupils in the majority of primary schools in Katine still study in poor conditions, making it harder for them to perform well, it has emerged.

Amref\’s six-month report, published earlier this month, states that, as a result of the Katine project, the number of pupils sharing a desk had been considerably reduced, from a ratio of one desk to 10 pupils (1:10) to the required national ratio of 1:3.

However, a field survey conducted by the Guardian found that the desk:pupil ratio in some schools still stands at 1:8, and in others pupils still had to sit on a dirty floor.

Desks? These are hardly a high tech good. Amazon, as we\’ve been endlessly told, was founded on a door across two trestles.

Surely it\’s hardly beyond the wit of man to hire some labour with a chain saw and a few machetes and bodge up a few desks? Even if the chain saw has to be supplied by the project?

2 comments on “The Guardian\’s Katine Project

  1. Seems like the usual broken understanding of society and economics. Ask Proggies to develop somewhere and they sink money into schools and hospitals, instead of trying to develop commerce, so you just end up with well educated, healthier, poverty stricken subsistence farmers.

    They haven’t got a fucking clue, basically. People who don’t understand markets can’t create development, because development is markets. Proggies think markets are, as Ritchie put it, mere “froth”.

  2. Quality of teaching has nothing to do with the blimmin furniture. There are plenty of classrooms in rural parts of China with children sitting on the floor with an exercise book and pencil, and maybe one bare lightbulb in the ceiling, and a leaky roof. But they have a culture of respect for authority, and a superb work ethic.

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