Our SmartAid model means we raise funds for the buildings and start-up costs of a school. The school is able to open debt-free because it merely needs to cover the running costs of the school.

Government subsidies, lunch fees, income generating activities such as agriculture and boarding fees underpin the sustainability of our schools and is what makes the PEAS model scalable and innovative.

Under the PEAS SmartAid model, our schools are not dependent on external funders to continue. This means that funds raised in the internationally can be spent on creating even more new schools allowing PEAS to provide thousands and thousands of new secondary school places for young people. Our SmartAid model also ensures that PEAS interventions avoid dependency or market distortions.

Our innovative approach means our schools are Level 1 sustainable within two years and no longer rely on donations to operate.

Financial sustainability

Unlike many other charities, PEAS school running costs are covered by local revenues. This includes a capitation grant from the local government via a Public Private Partnership (PPP), very low fees to cover the cost of lunch (and for some, boarding facilities) and school-run Income Generating Activities (IGAs), such as maize and poultry farms. When schools are large enough and generating enough revenue, they pay a small remittance back to the PEAS in-country team for the education and finance services they provide. We are also supporting schools to save money in order to pay for future repairs to buildings, so that the whole national network can be truly financially sustainable.

Local ownership

All PEAS schools and PEAS in-country operations have local leadership, management and staffing capacity and systems in order to operate sustainably.

Financial Transparency

PEAS conducts termly audits of the schools, to help guarantee accountability and to deter corruption. PEAS is also independently audited to ensure transparency.