One Planet International School 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 550 students from Kindergarten through twelfth grade. While living in the Uited States, 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, or what language we speak… 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!
In establishing the school, One Planet’s goal was to create a profitable company with a social mission. Today this is better known as a social enterprise. Understanding that there was a growing demand for better schools, it aimed to provide an affordable, high-quality international-standard education which balanced academic excellence with character education in a non-denominational setting. At the same time, One Planet created a model which allows it to provide promising yet disadvantaged students with scholarships..