n Latin American Report - Editorial




Perhaps the greatest challenge to developing countries is how to create a more equitable society and, in so doing, to improve living conditions and create opportunities for advancement for all its citizens. Poverty alleviation programmes which do not include full community participation and their responsible involvement are doomed to fail. However, poverty alleviation has another, far broader dimension - namely giving all the people the right education and thereby increasing opportunities for economic and social advancement. A good education does not entail only what is done in the classroom. Schools which are badly run will sooner or later have maladministration reflected in poor pass rates and other major problems. The article on total quality management in education aptly addresses this issue with specific reference to rural Peru.


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