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Radhika Viruru

In: The SAGE Handbook of Early Childhood Literacy

Chapter 2: Postcolonial Perspectives on Early Childhood Literacy

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Postcolonial Perspectives on Early Childhood Literacy
Postcolonial perspectives on early childhood literacy
RadhikaViruru

Since the last edition of this handbook was published, I have had the opportunity to live and teach at a university in the tiny Persian Gulf nation of Qatar. The government of Qatar has recently embarked upon a massive set of educational and social reforms, designed to transform its economy, which is now dependent upon its considerable natural resources, into a knowledge-based economy, which draws upon the resources and knowledge of its own people. The reform efforts in the field of education have been spearheaded by the RAND Corporation, who provide a brief history of the reforms:

The leadership of the Arabian Gulf nation of Qatar sees education as the key to Qatar's economic and ...

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