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DRC School Leaders are improving school culture & inclusion to empower learners - Two success stories

by CATALYZE EduFinance DRC

The USAID CATALYZE EduFinance DRC program increases access to and quality of education for children in rural and urban areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The program partners with low-fee non-state school owners who are already working tirelessly to educate children in their community by supporting them with linkages to capital to invest in their schools, and delivering professional development training to run a quality, sustainable school. Through CATALYZE EduFinance DRC, school…

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‘They have not heard about anything like the EduQuality program.’ John Pulido shares Insights from the GEF&WISE conference in Medellín, Colombia.

by Maham Khuhro and Catherine O’Shea

In May, John Pulido, Head Education Specialist, Latin America and the Caribbean, presented at the Global Education Forum & Wisdom and Innovation Summit for Education (GEF&WISE). His presentation on the Opportunity EduFinance model was strongly aligned with the conference’s focus on groundbreaking initiatives driving educational excellence and empowering under-resourced communities. GEF&WISE, held in Medellín, Colombia, centered around the theme of addressing global challenges in climate, health,…

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“A platform to learn from the experience of others.” Hear about the educational journey of one ‘edupreneur’ in Zambia

by CATALYZE EduFinance Zambia

Caption: Ms. Lillian in a pre-primary classroom at Twalumbu Education Centre After 20 years, school owner Ms. Lillian Mubiana Kapambwe is still actively improving the quality & sustainability of Twalumbu Education Centre, with the support of USAID CATALYZE EduFinance Zambia program. She exemplifies an ‘edupreneur.’ After retiring as an educationist, she used her pension benefits to start her own primary school in the dam area of Chongwe, Zambia. Twalumbu Education Centre (TEC) started in a simple…

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EDUQUALITY TEACHER MENTOR OF THE MONTH AWARDS

by Catherine O’Shea

    'This is Flora Joseph Mahundi from Morelight Pre and Primary School. She is the Tanzania Teacher Mentor of the Month for April 2023 Flora Joseph Mahundi is nominated to be a Teacher Mentor of the Month because: She attended all our teacher mentors’ trainings and if she has missed one session from her cluster, she is ready to jump to another cluster to catch up. She completed all the quizzes from each session and ensured that all quizzes were submitted successfully. After the sessions, she…

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‘We want to see a transformation in the schools that we have started this journey with’ - EduQuality Western Kenya Launch

by Maham Khuhro and Catherine O’Shea

  Battling a high illiteracy rate with many learners out-of-school, Western Kenya stands as an area with great potential to increase access to quality education for children. In this context, the EduQuality program has just launched in Western Kenya in March 2023 with 104 schools in the regions of Eldoret, Kitale, and Kapenguria. Opportunity EduFinance offers a holistic three-year school development program to local affordable non-state schools called the EduQuality program. The EduQuality program…

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“I can now think about getting a loan as a way of improving my school” - School Leadership Academies in Uganda

by Catherine O’Shea and Rachel Tabor

  Over the past few years, Opportunity EduFinance has increasingly been using School Leadership Academies as a way to connect local financial institutions directly with schools that could benefit from EduFinance lending. A School Leadership Academy is a day where local school leaders and other key stakeholders are invited to meet with one or more financial institutions.  Opportunity EduFinance supports the financial institutions to present on school improvement loans and cover a range of topics…

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Stories of Impact from the EduQuality Program

by Catherine O’Shea

Opportunity EduFinance offers a holistic three-year school development program to local affordable non-state schools, called the 'EduQuality Program’ which focuses on improving the education children receive and fostering an enabling environment for learning. The program, designed as a sustainable model, is delivered through a blended learning model that combines digital, self-access content on tablets for school leaders and teacher mentors with highly interactive in-person training…

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“We are very much able, it's just stereotypes that we need to get over to realize our full potential.” International Women’s Day 2023 - Chilufya Siansangu, EFC Zambia

by Catherine O’Shea and Maham Khuhro

Entrepreneurs Financial Centre (EFC) is one of Zambia’s leading micro-finance institutions. EFC Zambia is committed to contributing to the development of the country’s private sector by providing increased access to financial services. Their EduFinance products include School Improvement Loans, Teacher Loans, School Fee Loans and Edu-Save. Chilufya Siansangu is Head of Business Development/ Marketing and Communications for EFC Zambia. Her role involves driving business growth by identifying opportunities,…

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"Education is an enabler. Education opens doors. Education is an equalizer." 2022 Global Education Finance Conference

by Catherine O’Shea

In November 2022 Opportunity International EduFinance hosted the Global Education Finance Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. Read the full Post-Conference Report here. The best thing (about the conference) is that everyone comes up with such honest ideas. The challenges are very similar, but solutions are very diverse.”  - Kamran Azim, Taleem Finance Company (Pakistan) This year’s Global Education Finance Conference brought together 155 attendees from 37 countries, including financial institutions,…

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“Kenya’s future will be determined by its education system” – CEO Interview with Amos Mwangi, Ed Partners Africa

by Catherine O’Shea and Maham Khuhro

Amos Mwangi, CEO of Ed Partners Africa, has a wealth of experience in the education finance sector. He officially began working for Ed Partners in June 2018 after playing a key role in its founding in early 2018. His consulting work on market scoping, feasibility studies, market research and product development ultimately led to the formation of Ed Partners. Ed Partners is a non-banking financial institution in Kenya that works with affordable non-state school owners to provide financial and non-financial…

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