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Profiting from the Poor: Global Philanthropy and Education Markets in India

Sharon Jacquet Education Commons, Huntington Hall

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Sangeeta Kamat

Professor, Comparative and International Education

University of Massachusetts Amherst

The privatization and commercialization of education has entered a new and dangerous phase in India. India is considered a prime emerging market for for-profit schools for the poor and multinational companies, corporate philanthropy, private equity firms and wealthy investors are leading the financing and managing of school education on a scale hitherto unimaginable. Professor Kamat’s research in Hyderabad maps the ‘ecosystem’ of tech companies, investors, consultants and researchers that are engaged in developing the edu-solutions sector for the world’s poor and asks: How are global corporate actors involved in K-12 education? How are these powerful actors changing education and the teaching profession in fundamental ways and what should we do about it? 

A Voices in Global Education Speaker.
Co-Sponsored by: Syracuse University School of Education and the Cornell-Syracuse South Asia Consortium

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