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Social Finance is supporting the Liberian Ministry of Education and philanthropic funders to manage the Liberian Educational Advancement Program (LEAP)

Background

Social Finance is supporting the Liberian Ministry of Education and philanthropic funders to manage the Liberian Educational Advancement Program (LEAP). LEAP aims to improve educational attainment in Liberia’s schools through a unique multi-operator public-private partnership model. The ultimate intention is to transition LEAP to a results-based funding model. 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 overage, 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 seven educational providers to manage and finance this innovative education program. LEAP 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. It aims to bring the best of the private sector into the public system, strengthening the government’s ability to deliver quality education so that operators not only deliver quality education in their own schools but also act as a catalyst for reform across the wider sector. The long-term intention is to transition LEAP to a results-based funding model, whereby operators are financially accountable for delivering quality, and funders pay only on the basis of outcomes being 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.

 

“We are seeing a lot of improvement in our children; they can now read, write and do their own homework”

Parent, Cecilia Dunbar School, Montserrado County

Partners

Government of Liberia