The Story So Far
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.
Over the next four years, with ongoing donor support, we have expanded the buildings to include 9 classrooms, a large library, office buildings, toilets and a kitchen area. We intend to develop this over the next 12 months by converting three of the classrooms into a science lab, and ICT suite and a home economics room.
When we began in 2015, we began by charging moderate fees of about $100 a term to half the students, so as to allow the remaining to attend on scholarships. While this worked at the start, it became apparent that we needed to focus on those who absolutely could not afford to pay at all, as fee-paying uptake began to fall off in the third year. Thus, in late 2018, we became a fully fee-free school.
Female Empower Camp
Last year, with the support of The Toni Garrn Foundation and Ieng-Group we constructed a large dormitory for 80 girls, who otherwise live too far away from the site to attend as day students. This facility means that we are able to offer additional safe space for young girls who would otherwise not be able to gain an education.
To celebrate the opening of the boarding facilities, AME and the Toni Garrn Foundation hosted a “Female Empower” camp. Over three magical days we danced, sang and held workshops and seminars with local career women, we brought over 80 girls from neighbouring communities to try and fully understand the challenges of being a school-age girl in rural Ghana.