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Inclusive Education: Learning from Colombian educators

by Andrea del Pilar A. Camacho , Senior Education Specialist, Colombia

Inclusive education is not a ‘niche’ area of expertise. It should be a requirement of all school leaders and educators to ensure equitable access to quality education for all learners. While training for this area is not required (or even accessible) for most educators, continuous professional development opportunities for school leaders and teachers are crucial for promoting inclusive education practices. For the majority of school leaders who participate in the EduQuality program at Opportunity…

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Voices from the front lines of education

by Opportunity EduFinance

As schools remain closed across the globe due to COVID-19, Opportunity EduFinance is listening to school leaders on the front lines of education. This week, we interviewed five school leaders participating in our Education Quality program, asking them how they are interacting with their teachers, parents and student, as well as their most pressing concerns. They spoke about similar challenges and innovations across these schools, which have been echoed by the hundreds of conversations our Education…

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How Education Lenders are Responding to COVID-19

by Mathieu Fourn, Opportuntiy EduFinance Technical Assistance Manager & Lukas Wellen, Opportunity EduFinance Technical Assistance Lead

While every day, another news story upended the global status quo, by early March certain things were clear. The COVID-19 pandemic would create unprecedented disruptions in the global economy and would not spare the education sector, demanding schools, businesses and national borders close in order to save lives. According to UNESCO, 188 countries have put nationwide school closures in place, affecting 91% of enrolled learners – a shocking 1.6 billion children. Because most schools are not set-up…

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Understanding What is at Stake for Schools During COVID-19

by Opportunity EduFinance

It started with a just handful of school closures in countries where we operate. Within 48 hours, we were faced with nationwide school closures in all eight countries due to COVID-19 prevention and containment measures. UNESCO consolidated information on COVID-19's global impact on education, with statistics that were hard to fathom. 165 countries with nationwide school closures affecting more than 1.5 billion learners 87% of the global learner population enrolled at the start of March is suddenly…

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Learning Journey Blog Series: Developing the right foundation for Education Technology

by Instill Education, Chalkboard Education & Opportunity EduFinance

This is the second installation of the Learning Journey blog series co-authored by Opportunity EduFinance, Instill Education, and Chalkboard Education. We will share ongoing insights from several pilot projects testing education innovations in the affordable private school sector in sub-Saharan Africa. The series examines the evolution, learning, adaptation, and failures as we endeavour to build sector knowledge around what works and what doesn’t when developing the right digital foundations and…

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“This is physics. How did you end up here?”

by Hope Carpenter, Marketing and Communications Associate

This International Women’s Day, Robinah Zawedde, Head Education Specialist for East Africa, reminds us how things are getting better for women and girls, but the fight still continues. International Women’s Day celebrates the diverse experiences of women and girls. Globally, women and girls still face intersecting social, economic and cultural barriers to achieving happy and flourishing lives in 2020. As an international program working across 22 countries, Opportunity EduFinance is committed…

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Using Credit Algorithms to Expand Access to Education Finance

by Scott Sheridan, EduFinance Director of Operations

Opportunity EduFinance’s mission to get more children into better quality schools uses the principles of ‘financial inclusion’ to drive our work. Financial inclusion is simply defined as ‘the availability and equality of opportunities to access financial services.’ Yet the challenges to achieving financial inclusion are wide ranging and require us to consider new innovations to change the status quo. We see this broad reach in the Sustainable Development Goals, where ‘financial inclusion’…

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Learning Journey Blog Series: Education Innovations

by Opportunity EduFinance, Instill Education and Chalkboard Education

Testing Education Innovations to Drive Quality Improvement at Scale This is the first installation of the Learning Journey blog series co-authored by Opportunity EduFinance, Instill Education, and Chalkboard Education. We will share insights from several pilot projects testing education innovations in the affordable private school sector in sub-Saharan Africa. The series examines the evolution, learning, adaptation, and failures as we endeavour to build sector knowledge around what works and what…

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Renée McAlpin: Why I’m taking on the global education crisis

by Renée McAlpin, EduQuality Manager

  Renée presents plaque to EduQuality Awards runners up, Golden Bell School (2019) Opportunity EduFinance is made up of a dedicated global team with diverse experience and expertise. Our team is essential to our collective mission to get more children into better quality schools. We want to share their passion and experience, and how this motivates their day-to-day work. This week we hear from EduQuality Manager, Renée McAlpin, about her education and professional journey, navigating the education…

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Financial Inclusion for School Leaders

by Opportunity EduFinance

Opportunity EduFinance hosted a webinar as part of Financial Inclusion Week 2019 entitled \"The potential of a $24 billion market to accelerate sustainable community development.” During the hour, EduFinance Director of Operations, Scott Sheridan, presented on findings that show school entrepreneurs significantly contribute to community development when given access to financing, as well as on the potential global demand for education loan products. We then turned to our three panelists representing…

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