The single-track Uganda railway line cuts through Kibera (photo: Pauline Dixon)

Special Report: Education free for all - the Kenya case

Governments aspiring to meet global education targets could do with looking at the children living in the slums of Kenya, many of whom who are outsmarting their middle class peers, says GIS expert Dr Pauline Dixon.

AFRICAN countries have taken advantage of billion-dollar education aid packages to offer all young children free schooling.

And Kenya, which introduced this initiative in 2003 has been hailed as an example showing the virtues of free basic education.

But this ‘quick win’ initiative may not be as successful as was first thought.

Even children living in the slums ...

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Dr. Pauline Dixon
Many children from Kibera were found to be back studying in either their original or a new private school. Private schools now totalled 116, a growth of 53 per cent
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