There are still too many children out of school, especially in countries affected by conflict and humanitarian emergencies.
Founded in Sierra Leone in 2014, Rising Academies provided emergency education to children kept out of school by the Ebola Epidemic before opening our first school in April 2015.
Today, they run 29 government schools in rural Liberia under the LEAP (formerly the Partnership Schools for Liberia) initiative, and 10 schools in Sierra Leone serving families looking for a high quality education at an affordable cost.
Hindsight can be such a wonderful teacher. When an epidemic of Ebola prevented Paul Skidmore from opening his first Rising Academies school, his team bravely stepped up while others stepped back. He talks to BQ about the many lessons he’s learned while building a social enterprise that is creating.
Rising Academies use the Net Promoter Score (NPS) to measure how they are meeting their customers’ expectations. Acumen Fund conducted a survey of parents to understand whether they would recommend the schools to others. With an NPS of 81, Rising Academies compared very well to the average score of around 40 for more than 100 other social enterprises that Acumen Fund had previously looked at.