Many schools lack basic facilities in Pakistan’s rural Sindh province. Students cram half a dozen to a bench, there’s no electricity or running water, and teachers often don’t show up. The local government has tried to help by revitalizing a program that gives annual grants to school management committees to use to improve education.
School management committees, made up of community members and teachers, aren’t always effective. Many committees don’t hold regular meetings, while others are dominated by a few people who don’t use the grant money in an open and transparent way. A World Bank pilot aims to make a difference by helping community members get more involved.