One Planet International School PLC (One Planet) is one of the few premium schools in Addis Ababa, entirely owned by the Gail and Zelalem Amare family. It was founded in 2006 with just over 30 kindergarten students. Adding one more class in each of the following years, the school now serves around 450 students from Kindergarten through tenth grades. One Planet has low student-to-teacher ratios: Class sizes are no larger than 20 for kindergarten and no larger than 24 for grades 1 through 10.
While living in America, Zelalem and Gail had a desire to return to Africa and contribute to the social and economic development of Ethiopia.
With five children of their own, they decided that they could best contribute to Ethiopia’s future and their own children’s future, by opening a school with a holistic approach to education which focuses on both academic excellence and character development.
Why “One Planet”? We are all citizens of a common planet. No matter where we were born, what we look like, what language we speak, or what we ate for breakfast… we are all the same people. Our goal at One Planet is to recognize that we are all one people of one planet. We not only need to treat each other with dignity and respect, but we need to take care of our home, planet Earth!