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Public Private Partnerships in Education: The Namibian Example

Mr. Muhammed Liman*


The Academy for Educational Development (AED) currently implements the USAID funded Basic Education project, phase 3 in Namibia. The program objective is “Increased capacity of the basic education system to give learners the foundations for health and livelihood.”
Under this goal, are three objectives:

1.   Increased resilience of the basic education system to cope with the HIV and AIDS epidemic
2.   Improved effectiveness of decentralized education management
3.   Improved quality of language, math, and science education delivered by primary schools

           As part of our support to help the Ministry of Education (MOE) to monitor the project’s impact as well as satisfy donor reporting criteria, the project in collaboration with MOE developed an assessment tool that is used annually to assess what learners in fourth grade can do. Data from this assessment is also being used to identify training needs for teachers in the subjects of Mathematics, Science and English language. Now in its third year of implementation, this Learner Performance Assessment Instrument (LPAI) has so far provided a way to help teachers improve and measure the impact of such interventions.

            At the same time, the project initiated a writing exercise for a children’s activity that involved teachers writing stories for learners in primary schools. These materials have been printed and distributed to schools as well as training materials on how to use them to improve the teaching of English. Early this year, the project solicited for and obtained funding from Shell Namibia to support the expansion of the concept to include learners from fourth grade writing their stories in the form of journals which will then be published for use by teachers to help improve their fluency and writing skills. Teachers have received training on how to implement these activities in their school and the pilot has already begun in 12 schools in the six target regions. The materials are expected to be ready for publication by the end of July 2007.

            In measuring the impact and or effectiveness of this support, the project intends to collect LPAI data from those 12 schools and compare it with a random sample of schools that were not part of the pilot in order to show the impact of this public private partnership. Such an intervention we believe will lead to commendable improvements in English Language scores of learners from the pilot schools. We then hope to use the empirical evidence base to leverage some more funding from private corporations so that we can take the pilot to scale.

*Author: Mr. Muhammed Liman, Chief of Party
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