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 poor

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 low

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

British model

Combining UK and international education best practice with local teachers, curriculum and leadership.


Bringing together a family of schools to raise standards in the classroom and improve efficiency behind the scenes.


Enabling schools in the region to lead and leapfrog into the forthcoming education technology revolution.

Our schools

Executive Team

Adam Nichols
Matthew O’Connor
Catherine Stevens


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Work with us

We are busy establishing our team in Zambia, Uganda and Tanzania and we’re looking for people who share our values and excitement about Africa’s educational potential.  We’re currently looking for experienced senior leaders to create outstanding schools delivering exceptional pupil outcomes for low fees.  Are you a school improvement expert looking for a new challenge?  Contracts from six months to two years. If you’re interested, drop Catherine a line.

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