Omega In The News
Omega Schools is moving into an exciting new phase of development. Founded by Ken Donkoh and Professor James Tooley, the company opened its first low-cost private schools in 2009 and has grown in the last 5 years to serve around 20,000 students in nearly 40 schools. Ken Donkoh, who has served as co-founder and CEO of Omega since inception, has chosen to step down to pursue another opportunity. To take the company to the next phase, Alain Guy Tanefo has joined as the new Chief Executive Officer.
Pearson, the UK education company and owner of the Financial Times, has launched a £10m fund to invest in private schools in Africa and Asia aimed at providing affordable education for poor children. The first investment from the new fund is a stake in Omega schools, a privately held chain of affordable, for-profit schools based in Ghana.
Despite the rise in school attendance in Ghana, around 440,000 kids are still out-of-school (61 million globally). The United Nations estimates it would cost $16 billion a year to get these out-of-school kids into class by 2015 to reach the Millennium Development Goal 2.
Education and how to make a profit from it is the focus: from low-cost private schools in Ghana to no-frills law courses and a Liverpool University campus in China.
IT IS Republic Day in Mumbai, and an elderly nun addresses 1,000 silent schoolgirls gathered in the playground of Mary Immaculate Girls' School. If the writers of India's constitution could see the state of the country today they would weep, she cries, but this school offers hope. Local parents in the tatty surrounding district agree.
The Omega School in Kasoa, Ghana, is a U-shaped two-story cinder block building with cement floors, bathrooms, and clean water. The outside wall has been covered in plaster and painted with a rainbow of animals and letters. In the cramped courtyard, girls in pale yellow blouses and brown skirts and boys with button-down short-sleeve shirts and brown trousers produce a chaos of noise. Soon, recess is over and the voices dissipate as the students scurry into their classrooms for a meal of...
Ken Donkoh (Co-founder & Chairman Omega Schools, Ghana) visits E.G. West Centre and gives a presentation to students titled 'Pay as you learn'.
In the spirit of the giving season, we’re pleased to announce that Google is making $40 million in grants in the areas of education, technology for social good, and modern day slavery. 11 of the selected grantee organisations are doing valuable work in Africa, and will receive grants worth over $5.8 million.