Private Schools for the Poor

All across the developing world, from Ghana to Pakistan to China, poor parents are turning away from public schools and investing their meager incomes in low-cost private education for their children—and seeing positive results.

The Omega School in Kasoa, Ghana, is a U-shaped two-story cinder block building with cement floors, bathrooms, and clean water. The outside wall has been covered in plaster and painted with a rainbow of animals and letters. In the cramped courtyard, girls in pale yellow blouses and brown skirts and boys with button-down short-sleeve shirts and brown trousers produce a chaos of noise. Soon, recess is over and the voices dissipate as the students scurry into their classrooms for a meal of...

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