Access

PEAS aspiration is that all children have equitable access to education no matter their background circumstance.

To do this PEAS focuses on:

  1. providing new school places
  2. ensuring school affordability
  3. challenging cultural barriers which exclude marginalised groups from education.

Firstly, we build schools in areas where previously children could not access secondary education due to distance, cost or lack of available places.

In Uganda 4 in 10 of our students come from households living below the extreme poverty line ($1.25 per day). 9 in 10 of our students come from households living on below $2.50 per day. 51% of our students are girls.

To make sure we distribute these places effectively we have a non-selective admissions policy. Secondly, we strive to ensure that our schools are as affordable as possible whilst financially self-sustainable. We are constantly working to drive down school fees to zero, but whilst they still exist (the average monthly tuition fee for PEAS student is $3.50), we develop flexible payment plans to help children and their families manage the costs. Lastly, we implement a range of community engagement programmes which challenge negative cultural attitudes towards education of marginalised groups such as girls and children with special educational needs or low prior attainment.

As a result of this work we are expanding access to education to some of Uganda and Zambia’s poorest communities.


Quality

PEAS believes that children's education can only unlock a child’s full potential if it is high quality. At PEAS we ensure that our school leavers are well prepared to lead fulfilling and socially responsible lives.

PEAS has a team of Uganda and Zambian education experts who oversee the management of the school networks ensure that the schools deliver high quality.  Our in-country Education and Programmes Teams support schools and deliver a number of interventions to drive up school quality including:

  • On-going teacher and school leader training
  • Curriculum development projects
  • Constructive school inspections and audits
  • Community engagement interventions
  • Child protection and gender inclusion interventions

As a result of this work, PEAS achieves high quality educational outcomes for boys and girls from some of the poorest communities in Uganda and Zambia. In 2015, our schools in Uganda achieved 4% above national average for the top 3 grades in the final O-level examinations in spite of our non-selective admissions process and the demographic make-up of our student body.

In terms of pupil progress, PEAS students achieve ¼ grade better than their starting primary school leavers examination grades would predict.

On this important “value-addition” measure of progress, we can see that pupils make significantly more progress in PEAS school than in your average Ugandan school.


Sustainability

PEAS also believes that universal access to quality education should be secured for the long-term.

Financial sustainability is at the heart of the PEAS model. Due to our “SmartAid” approach, we ensure that all of our schools are financially self-sufficient which enables them to run, dependency free, for the long-term.



PEAS fundraises to cover the costs of building schools and some start-up costs. Unlike many other charities, however, PEAS schools cover their own running costs through 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.