In January 2016, the Government of Liberia announced an innovative public-private partnership in education, designed to raise the quality of public education by partnering with private sector operators.
As we work to create a strong foundation for education, the Ministry of Education invites all media institutions to participate in a conference which will provide an update regarding progress, challenges, and lessons learned from the Partnership Schools for Liberia pilot program, to date.
Her Excellency, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and the Honorable George K. Werner, Minister of Education, will provide remarks, and school operators will present details on their individual models at the event.
DATE: Monday, February 20, 2017
TIME: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Jackie’s Guest House, Ganta, Nimba
Partnership Schools for Liberia (PSL) is a pilot program run by the Liberian Ministry of Education and selected non-state school operators, including international NGOs, private school operators, and Liberian organizations. PSL has one overriding mission: to provide every child, regardless of family background or income, access to high-quality education at no cost.
“We know that education is a long-term endeavor and more rapid results can only be achieved by departing from traditional structures. For that reason, we adopted the Partnership School system, with direct support from private partners, domestic and international,” said President Sirleaf of PSL, during her annual address to the nation on January 23, 2017.
The program is working collaboratively with experienced operators to establish schools that are hubs for innovation and educational excellence. If proven effective, PSL could unleash longterm change across Liberia’s education system.
As part of the program, 94 Liberian schools have been selected to be managed by non-state operators, in a randomized control trial. The schools will remain within the public sector, owned, financed, regulated and quality assured by the government, with support from external donors, and free to all students.
Ultimately, if the data is compelling, PSL will serve as a cornerstone of the Ministry of Education going forward, focusing on providing inclusive, quality education, improving the management of schools, increasing training for teachers, and fully implementing the Liberian National Curriculum, all while ensuring needed improvements to infrastructure are addressed, and that teachers and students are equipped with the materials they need to succeed.
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