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Advancing the Low Cost Private School Sector: Shadowing the Rising Schools Program in Ghana

Traveling in Ghana, you can’t help but be struck by the number of private schools dotting the landscape. The IFC estimates that 30% of schools in Ghana are private, with most charging minimal tuition (less than $1 a day) and serving low-income families. Many of these schools were started because their owner identified a market opportunity: government schools were not meeting the needs of the community, whether because they were too far away, unaffordable (government schools are free, but often charge fees for uniforms, workbooks, and lunch), or unreliable.
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