Access to Education in Rural Areas of Mali: Shortening the Distance to Education for All (EFA)

As nations around the world redouble efforts to achieve education for all by 2015, one of the greatest remaining needs is providing access to education in rural areas. This paper explores how the Government of Mali, with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development and Education Development Center, Inc., used innovative tools and methods (including georeferencing, mapping, and school/village surveys) to better understand the twin challenges posed by home-school distance and inefficient teacher distribution in rural communities and why Mali chose an old-school solution: one-room, multi-grade schools equipped with trained teachers and appropriate materials.

Author(s): 
Education Development Center
Publication Date: 
2013
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