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LFPS expand access to education in many low-income communities.
The number of LFPS in low and middle-income countries has steadily increased. The International Finance Corporation estimates that 40% of Ghana’s basic education schools are private, of which 40% are low-fee.
According to the Ghana Education Sector Annual Review, during the 2017/2018 academic year, out of 75,740 Schools, 34,123 were privately owned (45.1%). These privately-owned educational institutions are educating over 8 million students and providing employment to over 400,000 employees across Ghana. Out of the 34,123 private schools, nearly 50% are providing basic education to children from low-income communities.
Available state-owned public schools are inadequate to enrol all children of school going age and therefore proprietors/owners of LFPS in Ghana – who are largely local social entrepreneurs who have established and run a school within their communities in response to local education needs - are vital contributors to the education of an important cohort of the population.
According to International Finance Corporation (IFC), private schools are limited in their ability to provide quality education services due to their lack of access to appropriate advisory services to help them improve their operations. The situation is even more critical for low-fee private schools, who are often located in and serve low-income populations. These schools are unable to receive needed advisory services enjoyed by the well-resourced middle and upper-income schools.
Creating Pathways to Success
Think Education's program provides the supports low-fee private schools need to overcome the barriers they face in putting up the right systems and structures in management, administration and operations, which ensure that learning happens. These supports include:
Advisory and school improvement program
Rethinking education workshops
Communities of practice
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The average lifespan of low-fee private schools in Ghana is 14 years.
Private schools employ over 400,000 employees across Ghana and educate over 8 million students. Low-fee private schools make up 40% of this number. These schools not only serve children from Ghana’s lowest-income households but also provide decent employment to local communities.
Together let's support all schoolchildren to have access to a school environment that builds the foundation for their future success
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