Omega Schools was founded by Ken & Lisa Donkoh and James Tooley as a social enterprise to improve the quality of and extend access to education to low income families at the lowest cost on an unprecedented scale. The company has successfully proven a viable model for starting new schools which are profitable and sustainable on opening. Its embryonic chain of Ten (10) schools located in three districts in the Greater Accra and Central Regions were filled to their capacities on the week of opening.
Our Model in Action
We are a for-profit business but we are careful not to forget our social mission. We don’t just create private schools, we create private schools that benefit low income families and empower aspirations of those at the bottom of the income pyramid.
Our grassroots understanding of the needs of the market coupled with our deep respect and responsibility towards all our stakeholders, including the children, parents and teachers, define our model and the improvements we provide:
- An innovative all-inclusive no hidden cost daily fee payment system, ensures that we rope in a lot more lower-income families who otherwise may not be able to afford bulk term fees.
- Built in the daily fee is a micro insurance policy which ensures that every child in our schools can complete their schooling even in the event of death or permanent disability of the breadwinner of their family.
- A fifteen (15) free school days per year ensures that children are able to attend school on all days including times when their parents may not be able to pay the daily fee.
- Our daily fee includes a nutritious hot lunch each day and scheduled mass deworming programmes, ensuring good health and nutrition for all our children.
Our Learning and Teaching Model
At Omega, we want each child in our schools to fulfil his or her potential, to take advantage of improved opportunities and to access enhanced life chances. To this end our educational model hinges on four pillars and delivered within the context of Christian values and practice:
- Focusing on the Individual Child
- Emphasising Student Creativity
- Expanding Student Horizons
- Driving Forward based on Data and Metrics