I just read a very interesting article on a joint attempt by the Anambra state and UNICEF to help improve nursery school enrollment rates. They selected 806 women from 38 communities which had higher school drop-out rates and , here is the funny part, gave them tv’s, dvd players, generators, popcorn machines, baking ovens and equipment for making soap. Basically all you need to watch tv all day long. Well in fairness you might make the soap to wash up afterwards.
The real question is how this intervention is expected to increase nursery school enrollment rates. If anything it should be expected to reduce enrollment rates and maybe increase drop-out rates too. Nothing like 6-hour Nigerian movies to distract you from school right? It would be interesting to see what happens to these selected communities over a couple of years and compare them to communities that do not recieve any tv’s.
You can read the original news item Here.