Where Have All the Textbooks Gone?

Toward Sustainable Provision of Teaching and Learning Materials in Sub-Saharan Africa: a report by Tony Read

 

An extract from the foreword by Peter Nicolas Materu, Practice Manager, Education Global Practice, World Bank (GEDDR), is given below. 

This study was commissioned as part of the World Bank’s effort to support universal availability of textbooks in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). It examines the cost and financing barriers to universal textbook provision in the region, and
is a compilation of the author’s rich and multifaceted experience, across several decades working in the education sector in Africa. It covers a wide range of education issues including curriculum development and review, teaching and learning materials (TLM) provision, literacy and numeracy, language of instruc- tion policy, procurement systems, distribution challenges, print manufacturing, materials development and design, and TLM management and usage in schools. Recent issues raised by attempts to embed information and communications technology (ICT) and other educational technologies within national education systems are also covered, as is the growing recognition that improved TLM system management is a critical component in achieving affordable and sustain- able TLM provision
to all students.

The study will be particularly useful for policy makers, development partners, and other stakeholders attempting to understand the wide range of issues surrounding the complexity of textbook provision in SSA (Sub-Saharan Africa).

The complete report on ‘Where Have All the Textbooks Gone? Toward Sustainable Provision of Teaching and Learning Materials in Sub-Saharan Africa’ is available at the link below.

Where Have All the Textbooks Gone?