The Beautiful Tree’ by James Tooley. The Eighteenth Annual IEA Hayek Memorial Lecture


  • 11/06/2009

The Institute of Economic Affairs and CQS invite you to attend the Eighteenth Annual IEA Hayek Memorial Lecture by:

Professor James Tooley

Professor of Education Policy, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

‘The Beautiful Tree: A Personal Journey Into How the World’s Poorest People are Educating Themselves.’

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‘The Beautiful Tree’

Everyone from Bono to UNESCO is looking for a silver bullet to bring schooling within reach of the poorest children on Earth. James Tooley may have found one.

While researching private schools in India for the World Bank, and worrying that he was doing little to help the poor, Professor Tooley wandered into the slums of Hyderabad’s Old City. Shocked to find it overflowing with small, parent-funded schools, he set out to discover if they could help achieve universal education. So began the adventure lyrically told in ‘The Beautiful Tree’, the story of Tooley’s travels from the largest shanty town in Africa to the mountains of Gansu, China, and of the children, parents, teachers and entrepreneurs who taught him that the poor are not waiting for educational handouts. They are building their own schools and learning to save themselves.

Named after Mahatma Gandhi’s phrase for the schools of pre-colonial India, ‘The Beautiful Tree’ is not another book lamenting what has gone wrong in the Third World. It is a book about what is going right, and it offers a simple lesson: both the entrepreneurial spirit and the love of parents for their children can be found in every corner of the globe.


Thursday 11th June 2009

Book Signing: 6.30pm-7.00pm

Lecture: 7.00pm-8.00pm

Reception: 8.00pm-8.45pm


One Great George Street


London SW1P 3AA

RSVP (acceptances only):

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