Creating 40,000 new pre-schools and 20,000 new daycare centers in Rio de Janeiro by 2020 with a combination of public and private entities working together sounds like an insurmountable task. This is exactly what was announced by Felipe Montoro Jens as the model for the future expansion of Rio de Janeiro’s education system.
How would that be accomplished? Through a Public-Private Partnership as worked in Brazil in 2012. As detailed by the Rio government, “The private partner is responsible for the construction and administrative maintenance of the new Infant Education Units and the City Hall is responsible by the pedagogical part and by the school lunch (due to the demands of the Ministry of Education to transfer funds from the lunch), according to the model of Belo Horizonte”.
This is a win-win for both the children of Rio and citizens who will see less direct cost to their tax dollars while simultaneously increasing the quality and availability of education.
The International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, has already been hired and will be responsible for consulting on modeling the project. This could be seen as the future of public projects, combining the resources of the private sector with the needs of the public sector.
According to Felipe Montoro Jens, the contracts would be in the form of an administrative concession contract. For those of you not familiar with that, it is a contract signed between entities of the public administration and private companies that are responsible for the development and operation of public goods or services. In this case, the private enterprises would only be responsible for the construction of the schools with the public sector responsible for the facilities’ day to day operations and expenses. This is seen as a boon to the local governments or municipalities that may not have the resources at their disposal to accomplish what’s in the best interests of the citizens.