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The Holy GrailIndia's Quest for Universal Elementary Education$
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R.V. Vaidyanatha Ayyar

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199463473

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199463473.001.0001

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Good Intentions Not Enough

Good Intentions Not Enough

(p.190) VIII Good Intentions Not Enough
The Holy Grail

R.V. Vaidyanatha Ayyar

Oxford University Press

This chapter narrates the history of assistance to education by UNICEF, the leadership role played by Jim Grant, UNICEF Executive Director in organising the Jomtien Conference and critiques UNICEF support to basic education after the Jomtien Conference. It outlines the genesis of the UNICEF-supported Bihar Education Project (BEP), the irrationally exuberant expectations aroused by the grandiose outline document, the disjunction between rhetoric and reality, and the reasons why BEP conceived as UNICEF’s and India’s flagship programme floundered. It also compares and contrasts BEP and SIDA-funded Lok Jumbish to explain why the former fared better than BEP. It also describes how, failure being a great teacher, BEP offered valuable lessons for India’s quest for universal elementary education.

Keywords:   UNICEF in Education, Bihar Education Project, Lok Jumbish, BEP’s lessons for India’s Quest for Universal Elementary Education

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