20 million children across Africa are missing out on secondary education. Over half of these are girls. We aim to change this by developing a network of quality, sustainable secondary schools and catalysing systemic change across the continent.
In Uganda and Zambia, three in four children, and two in three children, respectively, are missing out on a secondary education. A lack of secondary school places is a pan-African problem, and more affordable secondary schools need to be built now to break the poverty cycle. With over 50% of Uganda’s population under the age of 15, time is running out to give these children a positive future.
This is why PEAS is developing a growing network of high quality, affordable schools across Uganda and Zambia, with expansion to new countries on the horizon. PEAS UK fundraises to launch a secondary school, allowing it to open debt free. Then, a combination of subsidies from pioneering public-pivate partnerships (PPPs) with the Ugandan and Zambian government, boarding school fees and school farms, mean that within two years, the school itself will generate enough revenue to cover its running costs, including teacher salaries, indefinitely.We launch these schools in the areas that need them most, and then run them to not only become sustainable, but also financially transparent, and most importantly, high quality.
We aim to enrol over 35,000 children in a life-changing secondary education in PEAS schools by 2017, and to make our entire PEAS Uganda operation fully sustainable by 2012.
Our vision for the future:
Create 100,000 sustainably financed secondary school places in Uganda by 2017
Building a network of schools which provides 100,000 places will provide education for up to half a million students over the next twenty years. 100 sustainable secondary schools will also generate enough revenue to make the central team fully independent of UK funding by 2021.
Make PEAS schools the best free/low fee secondary schools in Uganda
Each of our schools will provide: a curriculum that equips students with the academic and vocational skills needed to pursue further study or rewarding work; citizenship classes that teach about human rights, health and well-being; and regular teacher training to ensure teachers have the skills to help each student achieve his or her potential.
Create 10,000 places across five new countries in sub Saharan Africa by 2017
We will identify those countries in great need of secondary education, which will benefit from the PEAS model and where PEAS staff will be able to work safely and effectively. Learning from our experience in Uganda, we will launch and develop networks in five new countries over the next six years.
To ensure that we make the most out of our successes, failures and learnings, we also have two secondary visions: to demonstrate and communicate the success of PEAS, and to build a strong organisation capable of responsibly delivering PEAS goals. Meet the team that will be responsible for achieving these goals.