Education: Africa (Contd.)

As starkly proved by the Congo crisis, Africans need education before independence. What should the U.S. do?

Because colonial powers are highly sensitive on the subject, the U.S. government has walked a policy tightrope. The State Department spends less on African education ($2,000,000 this year) than it does in any other area. U.S. scholarships for Africans have been few and far between.

One result was the recent Nixon-Kennedy flap over who should pay air fares for 250 U.S.-bound East African students. A more useful result was the Government's post-independence offer of scholarships for 150 Guinea students and 300 from the Congo.

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