Today in the U.S., in honor of National Teacher Day, we celebrate the dedicated educators who work tirelessly to grow the next generation of future leaders and responsible members of the community. At Opportunity, we know how crucial a good education is to ensuring the future of an entire community, which is why we’ve developed school proprietor loans and other education finance products–because when educators improve the lives of children, they are improving the lives of their families and their communities.
Meet Teacher Naomi Amenya
Naomi Amenya’s eyes sparkle as she gives words of encouragement to the 150 children, including 80 orphans, under her care. Naomi operates Royal Seed Home & School on the road to the Cape Coast in Ghana. Children at Royal Seed learn English, math, grammar and environmental science and are fed two meals every day. The school’s campus consists of classrooms, a dormitory for orphaned children and a small plot where Naomi raises chickens, rabbits and goats.
Naomi became an Opportunity client six years ago. Her loan officer recognized that she was a good credit risk in spite of her lack of collateral or credit history. And in fact she has successfully paid off all of her previous loans, using them to build a kitchen and additional classrooms onto Royal Seed. Naomi’s vision is to continuously enlarge her “shelter of hope” for as many children as possible in Ghana and beyond.
As part of Opportunity’s Banking on Education program, we invest in schools by providing proprietor loans to 332 schools in Ghana, Malawi and Uganda. Proprietors use the loans to hire qualified teachers, improve infrastructures, expand classrooms, provide nutritious meals and purchase much-needed equipment. To help schools succeed and become sustainable, Opportunity also offers tailored training and business advice. These educational entrepreneurs, in turn, provide children with a quality education that empowers them with the skills and abilities to get higher-paying jobs, build strong families and help in the economic development of their communities.
A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.
–Henry Brooks Adams
National Teacher Day
In honor of National Teacher Day today, thousands of American communities are taking the time to honor their local educators and acknowledge the crucial role teachers play in making sure every student receives a quality education. The National Education Association and the site Parenting.com celebrate public school teachers who show unwavering passion, dedication and commitment to educating America’s future. All this week in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, thank a teacher who has made a difference in your life or that of your children by Tweeting a message with the hashtag #thankateacher.
Thank you to the teachers in the U.S. and around the world who are giving us all a better future.