Int Rev Educ (2017) 63:945–948 https://doi.org/10.1007/s11159-017-9680-z BOOK REVIEW Achieving education for all: Dilemmas in system-wide reforms and learning outcomes in Africa Edited by Ishmael I. Munene (2016), Lexington Books, Lanham, MD, 2016, 243 pp. ISBN 978-1-4985-1524-5 (hbk), ISBN 978-1-4985-1525-2 (eBook) Fred Gennings Wanyavinkhumbo Msiska Published online: 23 October 2017 Springer Science+Business Media B.V. and UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning 2017 This is a timely reader comprising nine chapters discussing challenges of Universal Primary Education (UPE) in Africa, exempliﬁed by East African case studies from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, and West African cases of Mali and Senegal. It is a must-have book for researchers, educationists, educators, parents, activists, planners, policy makers and politicians. Chapter 1, the Introduction by Ishmael Munene, presents the evolution and status of UPE in Africa, emphasising that the uncoordinated implementation, spearheaded by international agencies and donors, accounts for challenges of access, equity and quality confronting the primary education sector. Interrogating the tenability of lofty UPE/EFA goals within a deﬁned time frame, Munene contends that although the value of primary education is widely acknowledged and African governments have committed substantial resources towards UPE/EFA in the past few decades, their achievements remain a pipe dream for most countries.
International Review of Education – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 23, 2017
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