The Teachers Group began as an alternative education system, so it’s no surprise that it runs literally hundreds of schools, colleges and educational institutes all over the world.
The schools are of various types and follow an education ‘programme’. But in the light of the Teachers Group’s huge offshore financial network, perhaps these schools and colleges serve a another purpose too.
Many of the school buildings are owned by one or other of the Teachers Group’s offshore companies, often through an intermediary. This means that rents and charges can be paid into offshore accounts, with no questions asked.
Most DRH colleges (‘Travelling Folk High Schools’) around the world are owned by a Jersey company, Argyll Smith, which is itself a subsidiary of the leading offshore company FCL Ltd.
These colleges are attended by students ‘training’ to become ‘solidarity workers’, who pay enrolment and accommodation fees and spend weeks fundraising. The money they hand over to the colleges may easily be swallowed up in rents paid offshore.
When the UK Charity Commission investigated Teachers Group schools in the UK, inflated rents paid into offshore accounts was one of the main reasons it decided to cancel the schools’ charitable status.
In Denmark, some 20 Teachers Group-run ‘small schools’ offer an educational programme designed for problem adolescents, catering for teenagers sent by Danish local authorities at great public expense.
All these schools are owned by Fælleseje, ‘The Common Ownership Trust’, the Teachers Group private property-owning trust which was, for a time, ‘taken into receivership’ by the Danish authorities became of concerns about the way its Teachers Group managers were handling its finances.
In Africa and India, schools, colleges, academies of various kind and even a ‘university’ attract hundreds of thousands of dollars in sponsorship, donations and fees. Of course schools cost money to run.
But how closely connected are these African and Indian schools to the network of foreign bank accounts and offshore bank accounts administered by the Teachers Group Economy? A good question.