I was shocked when I visited one of the main sources for text books in a Congo provincial capital. I guess I was expecting my neighborhood bookstore.
Books is key to the education process. Most of us would agree. BUT imagine a school with less than one book per child. That's the norm in the Congo. It is even worst in rural Congo.
The book problem seems to be an easy fix. Just get books into the schools. However, the problem is not that simple.
Remember the law of supply and demand. Enough reasonably priced books are not available. Multiple and varied languages make the supply and demand even more loop-sided. Distribution and storage are also problematic.
Finally, paper books are becoming passe. Alternate forms of books in digital format are the next wave. In the end, books are still need to perfect the education system.