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Mother's day special - Interview with Andrea del Pilar A. Camacho

by Opportunity International Education Finance

Many of us will be taking time this Sunday to celebrate and remember the important women in our lives on Mother's Day. As Colombia is also honoring the role of mothers and women on this holiday, we wanted to take time to hear from one of our Opportunity Education Specialists in Colombia, Andrea del Pilar A. Camacho, who has excelled in her personal educational journey, which she attributes in large part to the women that have tirelessly invested in her over the years. Andrea presents the EduQuality…

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Expanding Access to Education in Nigeria

by Hannah Hilali, Project Manager (ETAF)

I sat in Mrs Nna’s office, the principal of Christian International School in Owerri, the capital city of Imo State in Nigeria. The office was small and painted bright blue. Children’s toys and books were scattered over the desk in front of me and, to the left of the principal, paintings drawn by students were propped up against the wall. The room was hot and humid, typical of the tropical climate in Owerri. Outside I could hear murmurs coming from teachers and children in classrooms with doors…

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‘I am who I am because of education'

by Opportunity EduFinance

Alex discussing EduFinance during a scholarship ceremony at OBUL   Taking time to hear first-hand from our financial institution partner staff reminds us that successful education financing requires developing good relationships with school owners and understanding their unique needs as they seek to expand and improve their schools.  This month we took the opportunity to interview Alex Ahabwe, EduFinance Manager at our long-standing partner Opportunity Bank Uganda, Limited. With a 23-strong branch…

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School Improvement Loans Linked to Positive Outcomes in Ghana and Uganda

by Opportunity EduFinance

Opportunity International’s Education Finance program (EduFinance) continuously incorporates learnings from key stakeholders at all levels to ensure our products and services are well aligned with the local needs of affordable private schools. Recently, as part of this commitment, we partnered with research organisation Three Stones International to conduct a multi-stakeholder assessment in Ghana and Uganda. The final report identified how schools use School Improvement Loans (SIL) and furthered…

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#IWD: Celebrating Women Leaders in Education

by Opportunity EduFinance

There is still a lot of work to do towards ensuring women and girls have equal opportunities to achieve their full potential in low- and middle-income countries. From access to quality education to equal representation in government, advocates continue to work tirelessly to close the gender gap. Today, Opportunity EduFinance celebrates the campaigners, educators, and role models that have helped us come this far and keep us focused on working for the equal rights of women and girls globally.  This…

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The $24 Billion Opportunity

by Opportunity EduFinance

Education is essential for the economic and social growth of individuals and society, and its benefits are far-reaching and well-documented.  For the individual, education enhances people’s ability to achieve higher earnings, live healthier lives, make more informed decisions and exercise their rights. For societies, education can improve social cohesion, foster innovation, promote economic growth and reduce poverty1. Despite global gains in education and a global drive towards UN adopted Sustainable…

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Opportunity International Education Quality Awards Announced

by EduFinance

This December, Opportunity International (OI) celebrates dedication to excellence in education, through the announcement of the Education Quality Awards (EdQ Awards) results. The awards recognise partner schools across Africa demonstrating outstanding levels of commitment to achieving and sustaining high quality education for their students.Renée McAlpin, Africa Coordinator of Education Quality, EduFinance says:“We are thrilled to acknowledge the hard work of these schools on their journey to…

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Opportunity EduFinance’s pathway to school improvement

by Faye Ruck-Nightingale

  This week Opportunity EduFinance has been running an Introductory Seminar in Kampala, Uganda bringing 48 new schools into its Education Quality programme. A further 42 will be inducted in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania next week adding to the 800 schools Opportunity's Education Quality programme already serves. For these seminars one of the key areas of focus is Pathways to Excellence. Pathways to Excellence (P2E) is a guide for school development planning which was developed and launched by Opportunity…

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Opportunity EduFinance’s support of private education in the developing world

by Faye Ruck-Nightingale

  At Opportunity EduFinance our absolute focus to help all children access a quality education.  Our School Fee Loans help kids access both public and private schools. Our School Improvement Loans help affordable private schools improve education access and quality provision for their local communities. We support private schools as we believe they fill the gap of accessibility where public schools are too large or too far away.  We believe locally founded and run affordable private schools are…

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What happens when we take the time to learn from one another?

by Faye Ruck-Nightingale

Imagine you are an entrepreneur struggling with getting your business off the ground. You are sharing every day’s challenges and wins with yourself and your team, but no one else. Imagine that many people around you are going through the same process, trials and tribulations. Imagine that they too feel alone in their entrepreneurial adventure. Imagine you don’t have access to these other people, you don’t know they exist, you don’t know what they’ve learned, or how they’ve done things…

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