The first Alma Mater Education school was opened in the town of Wioso, Ashanti Region, Ghana in September of 2015. The location was selected with the support of our local partners, The Ghana Education Service and the Kumasi Institute of Tropical Agriculture, as an area particularly in need of educational support. There are no Senior Schools within 20 miles and as much as 90% of the local children will not go beyond primary school.
Currently the school has 220 students (half of whom are girls), with 110 of those on full scholarships. We have recently finished constructing of our Phase 2 building, with increased teaching space and an ICT suite and science lab, which has pushed our capacity up to 400 students.
Our key objective now is to complete construction of a girls' dormitory on the site, with a capacity for 160 students. This has been a key request from local community leaders, parents, and students and will allow us to increase student uptake to the point that the project will be 100% financially self-sufficient, paying for itself through the partial fee structure and the farm. Our aim therefore is to be fully sufficient economically and ecologically by 2019.