On what was intended to be a shortish wander, but turned out to be five hours after I got a bit(!) lost, I passed through this small Gambian village (twice!) where I was greeted by a teacher and some of his pupils, all of whom were keen to get their photos taken.
What is immediately noticeable in The Gambia, and probably in other places too, is that many things, schools and education amongst them, are basically reliant upon private individuals, charitable organisations, foundations and NGO’s for funding or sponsorship.
This outside, invariably private funding is used for construction of buildings, school materials and, in many cases, the sponsorship of individual pupils. The sponsorship can be general, covering all schooling costs for x number of years, or for specific items such as uniforms, meals or materials.
My first thought when encountering this situation for the first time was: ‘where on earth do all those billions in ‘foreign aid’ actually go?’. Certainly not to where it seems to be needed most, although India does now have a space programme!.