Getting schooled

Book Story / Review

About The Rainbow Troops: A Novel,
and was originally published in The Economist,
Feb 09, 2013


IKAL and his ten classmates, who call themselves “the rainbow troops”, attend the only free school in the poorest part of Belitong Island in Indonesia. They learn their times tables with twigs; there is no toilet and when rain leaks through the roof they study under umbrellas at their desks. But these resourceful kids know that education is the key to breaking the cycle of illiteracy and hard labour that runs through their families.

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