High quality affordable schools for Africa

We are Scholé

The Need

Africa’s destiny is dependent on education, yet the vast majority of its young people can only access
a dysfunctional, broken system

It’s unfathomable

That 17 million of the continent’s 128 million school-aged children will never attend school, and more than a third of those who start primary school will fail to reach the final grade.

Perhaps even more shocking

Is the fact that another 37 million African children will learn so little while in they are in school that they will be little better off than those who never attend.

Educational outcomes are bad

In seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa, 40 percent or more of children do not meet a minimum standard of learning by grades 4 or 5. In countries such as Ethiopia, Nigeria and Zambia, over half of pupils are not learning basic skills by the end of primary school. Approximately 40% of Africans over the age of 15 are illiterate.

Teacher quality and motivation is poor

Teachers are often absent (18 percent in Senegal, 60 percent in Zambia); neglectful (when present at school, teachers are only in class teaching for about a quarter of the time) and poorly trained (only 11 percent of teachers in Tanzania have a working knowledge of language).

Quite simply, Africa’s schools aren’t good enough. We’re on a mission to improve them, and ensure that every child in every country has access to a high quality, affordable education

What We Do

We are establishing a chain of high quality low cost private schools across sub-Saharan Africa
with three distinctive features:

Child Centred

A holistic approach, promoting academic excellence whilst educating the whole child


Bringing together a family of schools to support each other in the classroom and create operational efficiencies


Enabling African schools to lead and leapfrog into the forthcoming education technology revolution

Executive Team


Click here for more information about our other key people and strategic partners

Work with us

We are currently establishing our team in the UK, Zambia, Uganda and Tanzania and we’re looking for people who share our values and excitement about Africa’s educational potential. See the links below for live opportunities to work with us. If there’s nothing that takes your fancy, we’re always interested to hear from committed, enthusiastic people keen to make an impact in African education. Get in touch via the Contact Us page.


School Development Director, Kampala, Uganda

We are looking for an exceptional leader to deliver Schole’s vision in our flagship school in Uganda. One year contract from September 2015.  Negotiable package enabling a good standard of local living, plus benefits (for example, flights and healthcare). For an informal discussion about the role, email Catherine Stevens or call her on 07801 235424. For more information download the School Development Director application pack. Closing date: Monday 11th May 2015, 5pm

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