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Existing School Support Program (ESSP)

The Existing School Support Program (ESSP) has been launched for supporting the existing schools of the private sector in the province.

The ESSP proposes to reach out to the “Existing low cost private schools" already functioning in the rural, semi urban and urban areas of the province that are serving the marginalized communities and are either running on the philanthropic model i.e. not charging any fees from the students at all or are charging a very nominal fee of PKR 200 per child per month or even lower.

Objective

The aim of this program is to regulate and strengthen the existing private schools and to bring these low-cost private schools under the Foundation’s overall regulatory and financial support regime including monitoring and technical support with a view to ensure sustainability of these schools.

Overview

The private education sector in Sindh has grown over the years to meet the increasing demand and address the resulting shortfalls in the public supply. It has been trying to meet the basic education needs of a significant portion of the population since long, yet there exists a large number of those vulnerable schools whose sustainability has always remained a huge question mark. Such schools are hardly able to cover their operational costs and even if they do a majority of these remain unable to add on quality inputs to improve their outputs. Even a significant percentage of these schools unfortunately shuts down subject to non-availability of funds.

The partnership model of ESSP brings together diverse individuals/ organizations to expand opportunities for children of vulnerable existing schools in Sindh and is aiming at strengthening the provision of educational facilities to them.

Under ESSP, as per the envisaged targets; the Foundation plans to encourage and promote quality education through financial and technical support to its Partner Schools in rural, urban and semi-urban areas of Sindh. Foundation expects to support approximately 300,000 students under this program in next 5 years. These schools are planned to be quality schools which would be student centered and would use innovative learning and teaching methodologies for strengthening learning outcomes.

Under this initiative, the regulatory and quality assurance regime of the Foundation aims at ensuring improvement in educational environment and overall school viability that in turn leads to greater retention of the existing students. It is also helping the Foundation to reach out to a larger cohort of the out- of- school children in the vicinity of these schools, thus facilitating the overarching goals of the Sustainable Development and the constitutional obligations under Article 25-A.

Salient Features

  • The existing private schools (in Sindh) charging fee less than or equal to PKR 200 are eligible to apply.
  • Per child per month subsidy from Katchi to Secondary level of schooling.
  • Provision of school Establishment/ Rehabilitation Cost
  • Continuous Professional Development of teachers
  • Provision of textbooks and learning materials
  • Mandatory for the selected partners to hire a qualified and experienced Management Team and to recruit a subject specific faculty that adds value to the academic unit’s overall processes.
  • The Partner shall not charge any fee from enrolled student(s) in whatsoever form, be in cash or in kind.
  • The Partner must derive a plan to address the issue of other out-of-school children within the vicinity
  • Subsidy is linked with annual assessments of students. In cases where a school does not fulfill the minimum standards of educational attainment, SEF reserves the right to withdraw or limit the financial support, or to terminate the contract after adequate warnings as determined under the contract.
  • Re-enrollment of students is prohibited.