What Cuba has achieved is nothing short of a miracle.
From the literacy campaign of 1960-61, which eradicated illiteracy in under 18 months to being rated the best education system in Latin America and one of the best in the world by the World Bank just two years ago, Cuba continues to defy the logic that privatisation and marketisation lead to the holy grail of improved educational outcomes.
Of course, at 13%, Cuba allocates a greater share of its national budget to education than any other country in the world. But for a developing country with a per-capita GDP one seventh that of the UK, it is still a relatively small amount in cash terms.
Over the next week, we wil be finding out what lessons we can learn from the country which achieved the Millenium Development Goals for education many years before they were set. In particular, we will be looking for alternatives to the Department for International Development's failed model of spending UK aid money of private school places, esentially subsidising the profits of British and US edu-businesses.
I am excited about what we will find.
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