Three in four children in Uganda, and two in three children in Zambia are unable to get a secondary education, largely due to a severe lack of places in affordable, quality secondary schools. PEAS was founded in 2008 and has established 30 secondary schools (28 in Uganda and 2 in Zambia). PEAS schools are all not-for-profit and operate a school management public private partnership model.
At the second Global Schools Forum webinar, John Rendel and Laura Brown reflected on the evolution of PEAS’ organisational design and structure. They discussed what PEAS has chosen to hold close and what has been decentralised to school level.
About the Speakers
John Rendel is the founder and CEO of PEAS. A trip to Uganda during a university vacation led John to found a low-fee, not-for-profit secondary school in Uganda. The success of that school led to the development of PEAS, one of the first low-cost secondary school chains in Africa.
Laura Brown is PEAS’ Chief Technical Officer. Laura joined PEAS in its early days and since then has taken on a number of roles including the developing the PEAS’ education approach and overseeing PEAS’ expansion of PEAS to Zambia. She now oversees advocacy, impact and government relations.
About the Global Schools Forum Webinar Series
The Global Schools Forum produces a monthly webinar where we engage with interesting people from across the sector to share their knowledge and lessons learnt to a wider audience.
We take a closer look at scaling up a school network, including organisational design and school management and centralisation vs decentralisation, and visit the people that are the heart of your operations – how to recruit, develop and retain teachers, school leaders and other important staff you need to run quality schools. We will also look at the issues of data and measurement as well as how we can strengthen what happens inside classrooms – pedagogy, use of technology and differentiation.
What are the opportunities and challenges of decentralising when scaling up a school network? Listen to Laura Brown and John Rendel from PEAS present their experiences in the second GSF Webinar.