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Improving education in two extremely poor regions: triumph and tragedy


For the past few years, CEP research associate Peter Boone and his colleagues at Effective Intervention have been running primary school education projects in the rural villages of Andhra Pradesh and Guinea-Bissau. Their initial survey of literacy and numeracy in Guinea-Bissau showed that very few children were learning anything anywhere – and their efforts to change that have to date encountered insurmountable obstacles. In contrast, children in Indian villages benefitting from the two years of extra education that the project provides have scored significantly higher on tests.


Peter Boone

3 October 2014     Paper Number CEPCP427

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