Guiding Principles on Engaging Non-State Schools
The 2018 Education Policy encourages systems strengthening and local ownership through engagement with both state and non-state education providers. The Center for Education has developed six guiding principles based on best practices on how to engage with non-state institutions. These principles align with the agency’s framework for engagement in education financing which highlights why both public and private financing are essential to education systems. This document serves as an add-on to the ‘How-To Note on Education Finance’ to support actors in operationalizing the framework.
This brief presents an overview of non-state schools (primarily in basic education) and describes why there is a need for engagement. The document outlines the six guiding principles and proposes specific recommendations for USAID stakeholders on how to integrate non-state institutions into programming. The brief also highlights previous USAID activities related to non-state schools and presents lessons learned from the field. The annexes include applicable tools that can be used to inform decision-making on non-state schools at the country level, the program and activity levels, and for monitoring and evaluation.