PEAS operates using an innovative public private partnership model in Uganda, which we are in the process of replicating in Zambia. Under this partnership, PEAS funds the construction of new secondary schools in underserved locations and manages the schools as part of the wider PEAS network. The local government provides a per pupil “capitation grant” to cover school running costs and holds PEAS to account for meeting agreed education outcomes.

This partnership is a win all round- for PEAS, the government, other schools and, most importantly, the students.

  • The government are able to expand access to quality secondary education through a lower per-pupil investment in infrastructure and operations.
  • Communities and students can access more affordable and equitable access to quality secondary education in the areas that need it most.
  • PEAS schools can secure their future for the long term, ensuring they can continue to deliver quality secondary education for generations to come.
  • PEAS schools are non-competitive and seek to develop system wide improvements. This partnership enables the development of a sustainable network for PEAS schools in a position to share best practice with others.

The future of the partnership:

In both countries where we operate, PEAS and the local government are in discussions about the potential of this PPP model to enable free access to quality secondary education though adjusting the per pupil capitation grant amount. This would enable PEAS to provide free education whilst maintaining the core principle of financial sustainability.

This partnership model could potentially be extended to include other 3rd party education providers. PEAS would support this in the case that government was partnering with not-for profit providers within an robust regulatory environment. We seek to support the development of this regulatory and accountability framework to pave the way for others in the future.