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A combined and collective effort is the way forward in serving the communities around the world

by Martins Strals, Marketing and Communications Associate

The 2019 Global Education Finance Conference, held in June 2019, was a long time in the making, but well worth the wait. We felt it was important to create a space to share the collective knowledge and experiences in education lending of both our EduFinance team and our growing number of financial institution partners. Hearing directly from our partners and having insightful discussions based on their experiences also provided critical insight to guide our EduFinance program strategy to increasingly…

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“I want to bring change in my school”

by Renée McAlpin, EduQuality Manager

Renée McAlpin, EduQuality Manager at Opportunity EduFinance, discusses the importance of listening to what children want from their education Pawan Kumar, Renée McAlpin, Amrita Vohra, and the Headteacher at New Adarsh Public School During my recent visit to India to meet with Opportunity EduFinance partners, I had the chance to hear directly from children about their aspirations and educational experiences. Over my career as a practitioner, working to improve access to quality education for children,…

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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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