Public-Private Partnerships

Program Spotlight

Secondary School Improvement Programme (SSIP)

Since 2010, the Secondary School Improvement Programme (SSIP) has been serving priority schools in the South African province of Gauteng with help from the hands-on Sci-Bono Discovery Center, which houses several classrooms, a 240-student-capacity auditorium, two fully-equipped science laboratories, and an ICT laboratory to facilitate high-quality mathematics, science, and technology education. Priority schools are defined as those attaining lower than an 80% Matric pass rate (the Grade 12 final examination

Background on Public-Private Partnerships

Persistently inadequate levels of access and quality in education are leading many low and middle-income countries’ governments to seek partnerships with the private sector. Students around the world need improvements that their countries’ governments do not have the capacity alone to provide. These needs include more effective teachers, school infrastructure and supporting resources, as well as relevant curricula or job skills training that will enable children to learn and become productive participants in their economies. Governments and non-state entities have responded to these education challenges by making greater use of public- private partnerships (PPPs) as a way of improving the quality, provision, and accountability to education. But how are these partnerships taking shape?

The Center for Education Innovations (CEI) has profiled over 120 programs that work to leverage the public and private sectors. This number includes instances where organizations are contracted by the government to provide a service, but also emerging models where the private sector involves itself directly in services more traditionally provided by the state.

Database At-A-Glance

Click below to read our Database-at-a-Glance report and find highlights from five common approaches & characteristics across ECD models. Learn about programs focusing on:

1) Building schools’ management capacity through training and community engagement
2) Skills that labor markets demand
3) Recruiting recent graduates as teachers
4) Providing critical auxiliary services
5) Splitting funding roles and responsibilities


Public-private partnerships bridge the gap between the innovation that the private sector can experiment with and the scale and reach that the public sector provides.

Public-Private Partnerships Programs in the CEI Database

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