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Social Finance is supporting the Liberian Ministry of Education and philanthropic funders to manage the Partnership for Schools programme 

Background

Social Finance is supporting the Liberian Ministry of Education and philanthropic funders to manage the Partnership Schools for Liberia (PSL) programme. PSL aims to improve educational attainment in Liberia’s schools through a unique multi-operator public-private partnership (PPP). The intention is to transition PSL to results-based funding from Year 3. This would create clear and sustained incentives for school operators to focus on inclusion and quality.

Why are we doing this?

  • 52% of primary school-age children in Liberia were not enrolled in 2015
  • 80% of primary school students in Liberia are over age, many significantly
  • 25% of 15-24 year olds are illiterate

What are we doing?

In an effort to improve educational attainment in Liberia, Social Finance is supporting the Government of Liberia, and several funding partners, to manage and finance the Partnership School for Liberia (PSL) programme. PSL aims to bring free, quality education to Liberian children through a ‘marketplace’ of government-regulated, high-performing school operators.

This partnership structure is the first of its kind anywhere in the world, and it aims to bring the best of the private sector into the public system, so that operators not only deliver quality education in their own schools but also act as a catalyst for reform across the entire school system. The long term intention is to transition PSL to a results-based funding model, whereby operators are financially accountable for delivering quality, and funders pay only on the basis of outcomes achieved. This would create clear and sustained incentives for school operators to focus on inclusion and quality, whilst also ensuring accountability to government and funders.

 

Partners

Government of Liberia