Project information

Expanding existing PEAS schools in Uganda

To expand existing PEAS secondary schools which provide a high quality, sustainable education for over 8000 children who would not otherwise go to school. We would like to add facilities and classrooms in several schools to help achieve our target for 2014 of educating 13,000 children.

February 2014 - July 2014

Charity information

Promoting Equality in African Schools (PEAS)

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  • Need


    Just one in four children enrol in secondary education in Uganda due to a lack of affordable places. Those schools that exist are often poor quality with large class sizes and high teacher absenteeism. The lack of secondary schools is also negatively affecting primary completion rates. As a Ugandan earns on average 28% more when they have completed secondary education, the lack of secondary schools is damaging both the life prospects of individuals and the future of an entire country.


    PEAS will expand its existing schools, which will experience high demand for places at the beginning of the next academic year in February 2014. We will build extra classrooms and facilities and the schools will continue to run entirely from local revenues (low fees, government subsidy and income generating activities). PEAS will use its SmartAid model, including financial auditing and education inspections, to ensure high education quality and financial transparency in each school

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Create around 400 new permanent secondary school places by June 2014 and strength education quality.


    » Build extra classrooms at 4 existing PEAS schools creating 400 extra permanent places, educating around 1,600 children over the next 20 years

    Success will be the creation of 400 extra places in existing schools and the maintenance of high quality education and effective learning environments.

  • Impact


    Long term, these 400 permanent new secondary school places will educate children for years to come. Education quality will be partly assessed by analysing each school’s exam results against regional and national norms. In Uganda, PEAS schools will be the best free and low fee schools in the country. We will also catalyse systemic change in the Ugandan education system by exporting our SmartAid model to other secondary education providers.


    A risk is that Uganda could be become politically unstable once more, which PEAS is mitigating by expansion to other countries, including Zambia. Also, most of the schools to be expanded receive government subsidies making tuition free and there is a risk this subsidy will not be paid, which might affect the number of children able to attend the schools. However, thus far the government is regularly paying subsidies and we have no reason to believe this will change.


    Donors to this project who share their details with us will receive a regular email reporting on the expansion works and the progress of the schools once the new students have joined. PEAS also report on the constant improvements to education quality and how our schools measure up to our targets.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £53,704

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      Amount Heading Description
      £26,852 3 classroom block 3 new classrooms at a PEAS school in Uganda - up to 200 more children go to secondary school
      £26,852 3 classroom block 3 new classrooms at a PEAS school in Uganda - up to 200 more children go to secondary school
  • Background


    All schools benefitting from these expansion projects are in Uganda, in the central, south west and eastern regions. The sub-counties are poor with a severe lack of secondary schools, which is why PEAS schools are located there. Most of the schools are in rural locations where children would have to walk long distances to school, did the PEAS school not exist. These schools have been chosen for expansion because they are all currently turning away students due to a lack of space and facilities.


    Initially 400 children will benefit from the new places created. Because PEAS schools run sustainably, all places are permament and around 3,200 children will be educated in these new places over the next 20 years. This has a huge impact on wealth - a Ugandan earns on average 28% more if they have finished education. 48.5% of PEAS students are girls, which will remain the case in the new places and this has a huge effect on that girl's health and prospects and those of of her future family.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    PEAS has founded 21 secondary schools in Uganda and one in Zambia, with four more planned in Uganda and one more in Zambia to open in February 2014. We have an experienced team who manage new build and expansion projects. We run schools using proven systems which include termly financial auditing, professional development and an inspection programme to ensure high educational standards. Each school is sustainable and doesn't depend on UK funding after the first year for running/maintenance costs

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    John Rendel (CEO)

    John is a social entrepreneur who founded PEAS in 2002 and the architect of the sustainable PEAS model. He monitors all work in Uganda from the UK

    Susan Opok (Managing Director, Uganda)

    Originally from Northern Uganda with extensive experience of running education projects in the region.

    John Byaruhanga (Director Of Finance, Uganda)

    Manages PEAS-Uganda finances and financially audits our schools ensuring transparency and value for money

    Frank Waibale (Chief Engineer, Uganda)

    Experienced engineer who manages school building projects and supervises contractors

PEAS explains its work in Uganda

I am very proud to come to this school. Everyone in the community knows it is the best school in the district.

Jennifer, student at Forest High School, Uganda