Commitment to Action

IDP Rising Schools

Commitment by

IDP Foundation, Inc.

In 2009, the IDP Foundation committed to launching IDP Rising Schools, a two-year pilot program established through a partnership between the IDP Foundation Inc, Sinapi Aba Trust and Opportunity International US. The goal of the pilot is to boost the development of 120 existing, but very poor private schools for disadvantaged children throughout Ghana. IDP hopes to build a sustainable educational model that is supported through microfinance loans and capacity building, and can be replicated throughout Ghana, Sub-Saharan Africa and the developing world. IDPF committed to implement this model and measure the impact through independent researchers. The IDP Rising Schools Program, which targets existing low-cost basic private schools, has 5 main goals. 1) Increase sustainability (and profitability) of the schools 2) Achieve gender parity in the schools 3) Increase enrollment in the schools 4) Demonstrate that investing in low cost private schools has a positive return on investment for the microfinance institution as well as social impact, and 5) Improve the quality of education school owners can offer their students.

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Commitment

IDP Rising Schools

Launched

2009

Est. Duration

2 years

Region

Africa

Countries

Ghana

Commitment by

IDP Foundation, Inc.

Partner(s)

Opportunity International, Sinapi Aba Trust