Join us when the expert on global education Dr. Prachi Srivastava from the University of Western Ontario, Canada visits Denmark for a public lecture at DPU.
Globally, we see a growing number of non-state actors engaging in education in response to many educational challenges.
Dr. Prachi Srivastava has studied non-state actors and engagement in education and their potential impacts, including privatization and commercialization, with a focus on non-high-income countries. These are trends we see worldwide. She will provide an understanding of these global trends, which include introducing privatization measures in public education and increasing numbers of private schooling, some described as ‘low-fee’, and sometimes run by for-profit providers. These may benefit some but leave others, typically the most disadvantaged, behind.
She will seek to answer the question: ‘What is the commercialization of education and why should we care?’
Prachi Srivastava is tenured Associate Professor specializing in education and international development at the University of Western Ontario. She is also a Member of the World Bank Expert Advisory Council on Citizen Engagement. Dr. Srivastava is recognized for coining the term, ‘low-fee private schooling’, and was one of the first researchers of the field. Her research interests include: private sector engagement in education in the Global South; global philanthropy and impact investment; private schooling and education privatization; and global education policy and the right to education. She has provided research evidence to the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Education for All, DFID, European Commission, Global Affairs Canada, JICA, UNESCO, and the World Bank, and has been commissioned by DFID, the European Commission, and UNESCO. She holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford.