PEAS has a unique approach to school management which is integral to our SmartAid model.
The way we manage our schools allows them to be sustainable, transparent and provide a high quality education. We also maximise the opportunities for networking between the eight PEAS schools to ensure the best ideas and successes from one are transferred to the others.
A split Head Teacher role
In PEAS schools, the traditional Head Teacher role has been split into two. A Director of Finance and Development financially manages the school, ensuring that fees are kept low and that the government subsidy is received and managed properly. A Deputy Director of Education manages teaching staff and maintains high educational standards.
Audits and inspections
The PEAS Uganda team supports each school. Our Director of Finance audits every school’s accounts each term to ensure efficiency. The accounts are then posted on the wall of the school, allowing the local community to see how money is spent, which increases transparency and trust. Our Director of Educational Excellence inspects every school in the PEAS network, every year, in order to maintain and improve teaching standards.
Our teachers benefit from continuous professional development, with training days and skill-share conferences. Teacher salaries are also paid in full, on time, every month. Although this is common practice in the UK, it is still rare in Uganda. This commitment has greatly lowered teacher absenteeism and has also boosted morale and enthusiasm amongst our teachers.
An environment for learning
PEAS is committed to building our schools to high infrastructure standards, providing light, well-aerated buildings. Environmental sustainability of the buildings is ensured through the use of rain-water harvesting tanks, fuel-efficient stoves and low carbon blocks instead of kiln-fired bricks.
All PEAS schools provide lunch, which for some students is the only meal they get each day. PEAS schools also provide basic medical care, with all girls undertaking health clinic visits at least once in each academic year.
Many schools offer activities such as debating, sports and music, dance and drama competitions. Students also learn how to run a business by participating in the school's Income Generating Activity, which include bee-keeping and brick-making.