The rapid growth in enrollment in non-state schools, particularly low-fee private schools, is one of the most interesting phenomena in the education sector. Affordable non-state schools — including not-for-profit, for-profit, faith-based, and community schools — can play an important role in education provision, especially in conflict and crisis contexts. Growth in this sector is concentrated in low and lower-middle income countries and is often driven by a variety of challenges, including demographic trends, governments’ constrained fiscal space, and conflict and crisis situations. Not engaging with non-state schools would mean missing out on a tremendous opportunity, and would result in not reaching large swaths of school-age populations in partner countries.
This panel discussion will bring together practitioners and researchers to explore opportunities and challenges around non-state education. Panelists will discuss lessons from their work with non-state schools, government partners, and communities, as well as findings from their research.
This event is part of the Global Education Learning Series.