In 2015, Alma Mater Education opened the Wioso Senior High School and Organic Farm, in Ashanti Region, Ghana. The project was intended as a proof-of-concept, upon which further schools could be developed in Ghana and beyond.
The aim was to show that a school could provide an education to the most vulnerable children in a country where almost 60% do not go beyond basic school, while at the same time generating its own running cost.
Our solution was simple. Half of our students pay a moderate fee of around $100 a term, and the remaining students receive a full AME scholarship. The farm provides additional revenue and food for the Healthy School Meals program, and our utilities are renewable with a solar micro-grid for electricity and a borehole for water.
We aim to be fully sufficient, economically and ecologically, by 2019.