This article from today's New Straits Times describes a project initiated by The Centre for British Teachers (an organisation I used to work for, by the way): pupils in schools in rural areas will be receiving books contributed by schools in Britain to encourage the learning of english.
I applaud anyone who puts books in the hands of kids and encourages them to read.
But is it necessary for an overseas agency to do what the government here should really be doing by itself? Is this country so impoverished that it cannot afford to equip its schools adequately to cater for growing minds? Surely books for schools should be among a country's first priorities?
Wouldn't it be nice if the CfBT project could shame the Ministry into releasing adequate funds for every school to have a decent library?