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Latest Blog

Understanding What is at Stake

by Instill Education, Chalkboard Education & Opportunity EduFinance

It started with a just hand full 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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Tackling the education crisis together: Partner Perspective from Kenya

by Hope Carpenter, Marketing and Communications Associate

Stanley Munyao, CEO of Musoni Microfinance Limited in Kenya With 263 million children out of school globally, an estimated 800 schools per day would need to be built for the next five years to meet the minimum demand for seats.1 In many lower and middle-income countries (LMICs), the supply gaps in capacity-constrained public education systems are being filled by local low-fee – ‘affordable’ – private schools that are building new classrooms and adding more seats at a significant rate. These…

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Andrew McCusker: From Goldman Sachs to EduFinance

by Hope Carpenter, Marketing and Communications Associate

Andrew with School Leaders in the EduQuality Program School, Cricket and Corporate Finance I was a lucky kid. I grew up in Geelong, a thriving port city just outside Melbourne, Australia, with a loving family and plenty of opportunities around me. I also went to a great school despite not really appreciating this at the time. My friends and I were more interested in playing sports outside than sitting inside the classroom. Of course, we were lucky we didn’t have the option to simply sit school…

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EdTech: Improving Efficiency and Maintaining Quality at Scale

by Hope Carpenter, Marketing and Communications Associate

The EduQuality team at Opportunity International EduFinance has partnered with Chalkboard Education to launch a digital Learning Management System to deliver offline educational content, following a pilot with schools in Kumasi, Ghana. The outcomes will enable the program to scale to meet the needs of the affordable private school sector. Celcilia Adu-Gyamfi, Proprietress, and Jeminmmia Oforwaa Addo, Business Manager during \"EduQuality Digital\" Pilot in Kumasi, Ghana Opportunity International EduFinance…

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