Weʼve raised £0 to Raise money to build an additional five classrooms at the Alma Mater School
- London, United Kingdom
- Closed on Thursday, 14th December 2017
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This school was set up by our dear friend James Riggs. We are so proud of him and what he has achieved we have decided to show our support by cycling from London to Brighton to raise the money needed to build five additional classrooms for the school. It's literally so needed it's full already!! Please support us and our friend - We are all first time riders so this is quite a challenge for all of us. Read the story of the school here...
Alma Mater Education was set-up in late 2014, out of a sense of frustration at the perceived managerial and financial failings of traditional aid projects. Our aim was to show that through combining a business structure, with a philanthropic focus, it was possible to create an alternative. Our pilot project is a secondary school in Ghana for some of the worlds poorest children. This school aims to demonstrate that it is possible to offer a fee-free and high quality education, whilst generating running costs, and so is not reliant on continued donor support.
The AME school generates its own revenue in two ways. Firstly, by charging a small fee (around £70 a term) to 50% of the students, allowing the remaining 50%, from the most impoverished backgrounds, to attend for free. Secondly, a 25 acre Organic Farm produces food for the student feeding program, as well as further income for the school itself.
In September 2015, we opened the doors to the "First Phase Building" of the AME school in Wioso, Ghana, welcoming 200 students, many of whom would never have had the chance to attend beyond junior schooling.
Our second year intake, of a further 200 students in 2016, was interrupted by a fall in the value of sterling, alongside heavy inflation in Ghana pushing up the real price of completing the "second phase building". As a result, construction was halted in August of last year, and tragically we were forced to turn the new students away. Almost all of them have returned to the family homes, to await the start of school this year. We desperately need your help now need to raise a further £20,000 in order to complete the "Second Phase Building", including a further five classrooms, so that we can welcome the students in September.
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