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?