Public Private Partnerships in Education: A brief overview of the literature
By Sharlene Swartz, Jaqueline Harvey, Unathi Beku and Catherine Nomone
This paper was presented at the Philanthropy in Education in South Africa: A space for learning and collaboration Roundtable Discussion held at Mount Grace Country Hotel and Spa, Magaliesburg on 31 January – 1 February 2019.
Following the end of Apartheid in 1994, a crucial aim was to achieve education for all. This was later joined by the goal of ensuring quality education for all. Although gains have been made, the realisation of these aims requires urgent support. One such source has been public private partnerships (PPP) which have the potential to provide much needed educational delivery, accountability and transparency.
The paper addresses the education system in South Africa. The purpose of this paper is to offer a brief overview of public private philanthropic partnerships in education as described in current academic literature. It further aims to begin the process of deriving principles from this literature to stimulate discussion on how these collaborations might best mitigate social inequalities in education and operate to the advantage of all stakeholders.