In 2016, a ground-breaking non-profit Public Private Partnership agreement with the Ministry of General Education of Zambia (MoGE) was reached, and COINS Foundation contributed to the launch of the first PPP PEAS school in Zambia, PEAS Kampinda. The partnership assists in the overall goal of ensuring that quality and affordable secondary education is available and is a key element in enabling them to increase the network of PEAS schools throughout Zambia.
PEAS Kampinda opened in January for the start of the 2018 school year and, at the end of term one, already had 320 students enrolled, 49% of which are girls. 75% of students are also living below the £1.90 per day poverty line, which demonstrates how the zero-fee for day students opens access to even the most marginalised children in the community.
Following the successful launch of PEAS Kampinda, COINS Foundation is delighted to help to continue the momentum with a donation of £100,000 to support the construction and opening of the next PPP school in the Mungwi District. The PEAS model is consistent with COINS Foundation’s values and the ability of schools to operate independently following the launch is a key element that allows PEAS to continue to expand their network. To achieve this, whilst providing a quality level of education at an affordable price is what makes PEAS network of schools so successful and as such, appealing to investors.
The Mungwi District is largely rural with a thinly spread population that mainly relies on agriculture as a source of income. Access to secondary education is extremely limited, as the larger secondary schools are highly selective with fees that are unaffordable to the majority of the district’s population. In addition, there are also no boarding facilities for girls, which adds further restrictions on to who could attend. Despite the smaller schools being over-enrolled and under-resourced, a high number of students are dropping out; with 7,200 students enrolled in the first grade of primary school and only 696 attending the last year of high school. The high drop-out rate for students finishing secondary, of which only 141 of whom are girls, is in keeping with the high fees that many residents can’t afford, therefore demonstrating a need for the provision of affordable education in the area.
The new school in Mungwi will open with all structures needed for a functional secondary school educating 300 students and will then gradually expand over time. Given PEAS schools are built to last for 50 years, these initial structures will enable PEAS to provide an affordable, quality and sustainable education to approximately 3,000 students over the lifetime of the buildings. PEAS aim to develop a cluster of PPP schools in the surrounding area so that this number can continue to grow to help to educate the next generation so that they can build a better future for themselves and their families.