‘Philanthropic’ billionaires privatise education

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British teachers, parents and pupils protest against the academisation of Copland School by the Ark charityFrom daily News Line in Britain:

Wednesday, 20 March 2019


‘[In sheep’s clothing]: Philanthropy [and] the privatisation of the ‘democratic’ state: who needs a Ministry of Education?’ ironically ask the authors of a new report which sheds light on the unprecedented role of ‘philanthropic’ actors in education policy-making.

The report, launched by Education International (EI), the global education union confederation, lifts the lid on the activities of so-called philanthropic organisations involved in promoting the commercialisation, marketisation and privatisation of education systems around the world.

A growing number of philanthropic organisations are self-assuming roles, bypassing the scrutiny and accountability that governments and elected officials are subject to. These roles range from the direct provision of education services to the involvement in policy design, as well as network building in order to promote and implement specific policy ideas.

The report, In…

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