The global education challenge: making the grade in Mali

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In 2000, world leaders promised all the world’s children would have a primary school education. We visited a school in Bamako to get a snapshot of progress

Sabalibougou district school is set back from the main road, a block away from the right bank of the river Niger in Bamako. Next door is the daily sheep market. The broad open area between the school and the road, which appears at first the perfect area for a boisterous game of football, is in fact land recently cleared of informal housing. The local authority has plans to develop here.

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