Public-Private Partnership in Education
By Ramon T. Ayco, Sr.March 2007
Project Development Institute (PDI) is deeply committed to poverty alleviation in thecountryside and to
rural development. PDI’s goal i
s geared towards the democratization of assetsspecifically the distribution of agricultural lands for the landless peasants through theimplementation of Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) and the recognition of therights of the indigenous peoples (IPs) in their ancestral domain claim through the implementationof Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA).But success in CARP and in IPRA per se is not a guarantee for continuous development towardspoverty alleviation for the peasants and IPs. For one, because of intense hardship in living andlack of knowledge and skills in managing their resources, many peasant and IP beneficiaries endup selling their newly acquired property or property rights and remain poor.PDI helps peasants and IPs in their economic production and livelihood by providing themeconomic support services. But this is not enough. PDI believes the people need education if only to acquire knowledge and skills in order for them to become effective managers of theirown economic resources and become self-reliant in their endeavour for continuous development.
The Need for Public-PrivatePartnership in Education
The Philippines faces overwhelming problems in education. We cannot depend on thegovernment alone to shoulder the task of educating people especially the poor. On the contrary,the government itself is one of the problems in education by putting it in the least priority andgiving it a very low budget. Any private entities interested in helping the poor people througheducation must implement its own program for education.But any program for education to be implemented by private sector, commercial or non-commercial, needs to conform to the national education system being implemented by thegovernment. Especially those education programs intended for the poor people must be inaccordance with the national education system if only to become legitimate and beacknowledged by the society.
Conforming to the national education system is the first level of public-private partnership in education.
PDI’s education programmes do not only conform to the education system of the country.
In theimplementation of its education programmes especially its non-formal education program, PDIalso partners two government agencies
The Department of Education (DepEd) and theNational Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP); and one private institution -- The AngpingDevelopment Foundation for Education (ADFE).
Partnering with government agencies and private entity for education, like DepEd and ADFE, in implementing private sector education program is a higher form of public-private partnership in education.