263 million. 617 million. 800.
For those in the education sector these numbers are both familiar and daunting: the number of children out of school, the number children not meeting basic proficiency levels, the number of new schools that need to be built each day for 5 years just to accommodate out-of-school children. (All this was true before COVID-19 forced school closures globally.)
‘Education for all’ isn’t a reality for millions of children.
Are there any opportunities for investment capital to make an impact on this massive global education deficit?
During this workshop, participants will brainstorm methods of investing at scale into the non-state school sector to increase the number of seats for children in Africa, Asia and Latin America. After a brief overview of the size and structure of the global non-state school sector and how they are financed, Andrew McCusker, Head of Opportunity EduFinance, and Mauricio Rincon, VP of Corporate Development, Opportunity International, will co-facilitate discussion around key questions for establishing investment products:
- Investability of independent schools or chains
- Investing in education lenders: Fund structure vs. direct investment
- Equity or debt: How can we offer difference sources of capital to non-state schools
This interactive workshop is geared towards impact investors, fund managers, advisors and others interested in solving for investment opportunities to impact education access.