omegaschools_logo Omega Schools was founded by Ken and Lisa Donkoh and James Tooley as a social benefit for families in Ghana. It improves the quality of and extends access to education to needy families at the lowest cost.
omegaschools_5 The Omega Schools chain has grown to 20 schools and 11,000 students in three years, creating a “school-in-a-box” model that is widely replicable.
omegaschools_6  Within 10 days of opening, a new Omega School is typically at capacity, with 500 students.
omegaschools_7 Girls make up 52 percent of enrollment in Ghana. All pupils are from the lowest two income quintiles. A partner hardship fund extends access to orphans.


The model in action

omegaschools_1 An all-inclusive, daily fee payment system with no hidden costs.
omegaschools_2 A microinsurance policy that ensures every child can complete their schooling.
omegaschools_3 Fifteen free school days per year.
omegaschools_4 A nutritious hot lunch each day and attention to health issues.

Source: Omega Schools

“One father, living in the Kenyan slum of Kibera, summarized it like this: ‘If you go to a market and are offered free fruit and vegetables, you know they’ll be rotten. If you want fresh produce, you have to pay for it.'”

—James Tooley, “Welcome to easy-Learn, Class 1,” The Times (U.K.)

School’s out

BBC Newsnight broadcasts on private schools for the poor.