A new policy paper released to coincide with the World Economic Forum in Davos shows that cutting through debates about the quality of textbooks is a fundamental problem: millions of children simply do not have access to such materials at all. The GEM Report shows how the private sector could turn the textbook market around.
According to the paper, Every Child Should Have a Textbook, centralized financing mechanisms could allow for a US$3 reduction in the price of each textbook and save almost US$1 billion a year from the cost of learning materials in sub-Saharan Africa alone. Kenya, for example, could save $US64 million from its textbook bill, Malawi nearly US$33 million.
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The proposed model, could more than triple the number of textbooks available in the region, GEM Report says.