Testimonials

  • Report on the Material received from the Opportunity Education programme and its usage in a year 2016-17 St. Paul’s College.

    We at St. Paul’s College, 10 Subhash Marg, Dilkusha, Lucknow, received the following items from the opportunity education programme in the year 2016-17 for the preparatory department of the school.  One could use the pencil, chalk box, colour pencil, pencil sharpeners, crayons, coloured balls, glue stickers, pencil colours and various other materials.  The class came alive with the use of the blocks, shapes, crayons etc.  The children could see and learn better.  Distribution of colours helped the children to have their own colours and worked confidently.  The teachers guide given by the opportunity education programme was handy to teach the students in a better and innovative way.  The audios and visual aids were useful in enhancing the learning abilities of the students and also to break the monotony of every classroom teaching.  The colourful and comprehensive books helped the students to develop interest in reading right from the start.  Children with those books were able to decode various words and read even independently towards the end of the academic session.  There was plenty of materials for us which could also share with the under-privilege children and to educate them beyond school hours.  The oral hygiene kit given to our school served as a boon to teach our children health and hygiene.  Particularly the importance of keeping oral hygiene.  The globes and maps given to us were used by our junior school students, they were handy and explained the divisions on earth appropriately.  Those are still in use in different classes.  We are highly grateful to this organization for extending help in terms of CD’s and various learning materials.  Your constant support and help is highly appreciated.  Your contribution has helped in taking the education to make an impact to a different level.  Our senior students were highly benefited by the model of animal cell and plant cell. Seeing this they were able to register the cell facts and identify the key cells organelles and also learn their function.  The reading comprehension serves were very helpful for the teachers as well as the students they learnt the simple as well as the complex terms, they could comprehend the stories and answer the questions independently.  This increased their ability to converse better as their vocabulary enhanced.  We once again thank you whole heartedly for all your help and support.

    Teacher -
    St. Paul's College - Uttar Pradesh
    India

    August 2017

  • On behalf of St. John the Baptist Catholic parish and on my own behalf we would like once again to thank you for your precious support that you have shown during our bad times.  In the time when everyone starts getting away, you stood firm beside us.  If we did not have friend like you then we would hardly get out of such crises.  We would like to remember such support throughout our life as a parish and if get chance to repay for the same then we would make every possible effort to do that.

    We however, kindly urge you not to get tired of supporting us as we still have a litany of challenges that we want to address for the progress of our Parish as model Parish.

    Please, continue to make sacrifices for our church and we shall always remember to pray for you and your endeavors.

    Fr. Joseph - Parish Priet
    St. John The Baptist Catholic School
    Cameroon

    August 2017

  • Thank you for giving us an opportunity to attend your Opportunity Education Programme conducted at St. Aloysius High School in Kanpur on August 27th.

    We were provided with the new educational kit which would really help us to enhance our teaching skills and further to help the students to understand the concepts better.

    Sr. M. Divya C.J. - Principal
    St. Mary's Convent High School - Kanpur
    India

    August 2017

  • Thank you so much for your consistent curriculum updates. I would like to confirm that I have found the Teaching Tips invaluable. They are carefully ordered and they enrich my lesson preparation greatly.  We appreciate your input in helping teachers impart lifelong skills to the students.  Regards,

    Ms. Gladys - Teacher
    Kwanza International School - Dar es Salaam
    Tanzania

    July 2017

  • Thanks for the Teaching Tips. I believe that these inputs have an important value especially in terms of improvements on our holistic quality Education.

    Best Regards

    Fr. Dr. Lucian Arinaitwe - National Executive Secretary Uganda Catholic Education Department
    Kampala,
    Uganda

    July 2017

  • Thank you for Partner School Newsletters which have lesson extensions.  We enjoyed much the lesson concerning Me On The Map.  This means that our friendship is developing through this program.

    And we are surely that we will be together forever until of the end of this service. By saying so, we staff members are happy and we are continuing to pray for your service of educating children around the World. And I like to inform you that after opening the school semester in July 2017, we shall be happy if we receive more lessons because your lesson give us more about the World. 

    Yours faithfully,                          
                                                                                

    Scholastica Benedicto - Teacher
    Hekima English Medium Pre and Primary School - Kasula
    Tanzania

    July 2017

  • Thank you for giving us very good teaching materials.  I turned one of the OE books, Why Mosquitos Buzz in Peoples Ears, into a play.  (A 1975 picture book by Verna Aardema, which tells an African legend. OE supplies this book within the curriculum packages to schools.)  I entered the play in a drama competition recently.  We were able to win 1st place in the zonal and provincial levels.

    I am so glad to say that it is the kind support given by OE that made our school top among the leading schools in Sri Lanka.  Thanking you.

    Surangi Alwis - Teacher
    Richmond College, Galls
    Sri Lanka

    June 2017

  • Projector is helping me to display materials on the wall during Biology lesson. Instead of writing class notes and drawing Diagrams on the blackboard by using chalk, the use of the projector saves valuable class time.

    Projector 05/17

    Jackson Mollel - Biology Teacher
    Lombeta Catholic Secondary School, Marangu-Kilema (Moshi-Kilimanjaro)
    Tanzania

    May 2017

  • My name is Ranjana Yadav. I am a science teacher in Sarada Higher Secondary school, Sunsari Nepal for last 16 years. I am one of the regular user of Opportunity Education (OE) materials while conducting science class. I have attended orientation sessions of OE materials from United Missions to Nepal (OE’s Nepal program manager) each year when we receive new teaching learning materials for higher grades.

    I have noticed that children do enjoy attending science and math classes when we use teaching learning materials provided by OE. This helps improve their learning outcomes as well. This year we received grade 7 materials and UMN staff organized teachers training in Itahari, Sunsari. As usually, we got opportunity to have new materials and learn many new options to use these newly added materials during teaching in the class.

    For last 3 years, overall learning achievements in science has been increasing satisfactorily. Each year, average marks in science score has increased and we are encouraged by this result. We use these materials as much as possible to higher grades and wherever it is relevant.

    Ranjana Yadav - Science Teacher
    Sarada Higher Secondary School - Sunsari
    Nepal

    April 2017

  • Greetings from Uganda Martyrs Primary school Kanyanya in Uganda.  We are so happy that grade seven has also started the Opportunity Education lessons. We really thank you so much for the concern for the children in Uganda.

    I am happy to inform you that our sister school (R.M. Marrs Magnet Center, Omaha, NE) has donated to us some money which we are going to use to buy desks for the children and chairs and tables for the teachers.  We are so lucky to a sister school which is very loving and caring to us here in Africa.

    We pray that the Program is always blessed by God.  With a lot of love from Margaret.

    Magaret Kijjambu - Principal
    Uganda Martyrs Primary School, Kinyanya
    Uganda

    March 2017

  • Thank you, Maxey, for your help in donating a projector (Maxey Elementary, Sister School located in Lincoln, Nebraska that purchased the projector).  Students and teachers are very happy to have a projector for the teaching and learning activities.  May God bless you all. 

                   March 2017 - Photo 1     March 2017 - Photo 2                                               

    Rev. Joshua Laiser - Principal
    Nuru Pre and Primary School - Sanya Juu, Kilimanjaro
    Tanzania

    March 2017

  • I started teaching right after college, but I left to further my studies in anticipation of leaving the classroom as teaching was not exciting and I found it difficult to get my students understand mathematics concepts.  (Patrick holds a mathematics major from the University of Cape Coast and currently teaching mathematics in grade 6.)

    I got to know the OE programme in 2010 when I joined the staff of Aboso School after graduating from the university.  Madam Rita, the lead teacher in the Aboso School introduced me to the programme and the materials. She suggested I look at the inventory. A few things attracted me including the CDs so I borrowed them home to study and that was the turnaround for me.  I think, I am a lucky teacher, my children hardly skip school because of the OE project and they enjoy my lessons very much.

    There are many exciting class days; for example, I was teaching fractions, and I went for the colourful blocks from the material pack. After explaining fractions, I used the blocks to explain full, half and quarter. The children understood the lesson very well and I could sense it from their response and the class exercise they did after.

    The science teacher chipped in, “not only Patrick has seen the remarkable improvement in the lesson delivery but I am a living testimony of how the materials have support to improve teaching and learning.”

    I chanced upon two grade 6 children and asked them to describe the mathematics teacher’s lesson. They told me, “as for the mathematics teacher, his lessons are interesting because he uses a lot of materials to make the lesson attractive.

    “I recommend that the OE project is extended to other schools to help support teachers in their lesson presentations. I have found teaching exciting with using the materials and I can attest for the rest of the staff as well. Our performance has also improved enrolment levels in the classes.  The OE programme is aimed at supporting teachers integrate materials to their regular lessons. It is not to replace the Ghanaian curriculum. This is to fill the void created by inadequate of teaching and learning materials in schools.

    Patrick Arku - Teacher
    Aboso DA Primary School - Gomoa East
    Ghana

    February 2017

  • Happy Christmas and Grace Filled New Year 2017.
    We are doing well in the school and fully utilizing your material.  It is very beneficial for the children.  Thank you for all that you do for rural and poor children.  May God bless your generosity.  Yours in the service of Child Jesus,

    Fr. Inna Reddy - Principal
    Bishop Thumma Bala School - Warangal, Andhra Pradesh
    India

    January 2017

  • From Annual Report of Hekima English Medium Pre and Primary School:

    In fact, it is the truth that cannot be rejected, that the presence of OE materials at our school for teaching and learning has been increasing academic performance of our school each year. For example, four standard seven results were the first in district and region out of 359 schools and 64th in national out of 8,241 schools. Please, due to this, I beg you to involve our school in a list of the schools that will be given for all classes OE materials for the academic year of 2017.

    Emmanuel Kija - Principal
    Hekima English Medium Pre and Primary School - Kogoma
    Tanzania

    December 2016

  • From report of Berinyuy Marius: 

    Bishop Agapitus Nfon of Kumba: “I am exceptionally pleased with the program and welcome you whole heartedly to our Diocese of Kumba. I want the program in all our 45 primary schools and not just 3 schools.”

    Fr. Alexander Sob, Educational Secretary Buea: “OE materials are so relevant to the present and current standard of education intended for Cameroon schools.  We cannot afford to allow the materials and the program to chance or to the whims and caprices of teachers.  The program should also be introduced in the Teacher Training colleges shall keep on training teachers the old ways.  Thank you for this training exercise.”

    Linda Loh, Class 1 teacher: “The materials are just wonderful, my students are preforming better than their counterparts in other schools.  They can easily pronounce words, say names of objects, say rhymes with ease etc., thanks to concrete and visual objects in OE resources.”

    Ngolle Gabriel, Tombel Superintendent:  “We continue to enjoy growth in school environment because ours is the only OE school in the area.  Parents are becoming more award of our schools and so are sending all their children to our schools.”   

    Ngalim Avitus, teacher: “Our school has continued to survive closure on account of low enrolment.  Thanks to OE program as that has come to rescue us.  In addition, the quality of learning that our children we are happy that our jobs are saved.”  

    Berinyuy V. Marius, Esq. - Program Coordinator
    Cameroon

    December 2016

  • I am so delighted that the opportunity education programme is back on board in Uganda. The whole school was so happy when they heard the news that the opportunity programme is back in school. There was shouting and singing praising God for what he had done for the school. The primary 7 children had just finished their primary leaving examinations.

    The good thing is that we had been continuing with the classes we had got material for. We thank you all for the love, care and concern you have for our children.  May god bless you.

    Magaret Kijjambu - Principal
    Uganda Martyrs Primary School, Kinyanya
    Uganda

    November 2016

  • We appreciate the work done by Opportunity Education through World Vision Uganda.  Opportunity Education and World Vision has supported and showed love to our pupils and the school at large through providing us with educational devices, learning aids and this has helped our pupils of to learn in an advanced modern way.  For sure the education standard in Uganda, especially in rural areas, has not been good because some of our teachers lack skills.

    Okello Innocent - Programme Co-coordinator
    Lugasa Parents Primary School - Nkokonjeru
    Uganda

    November 2016

  • Greetings from Uganda.  Opportunity Education lessons motivates the learners and they all like studying.  This has reduced absenteeism of pupils, late coming and dropout from school.  Parents too were invited to witness the use of a projector in teaching their children

    Walubo Joseph - Teacher
    Mugulu Primary School - Nkokonjery
    Uganda

    November 2016

  • Thank you very much for your kind words. At the outset it was pleasure to meet you in person. And I'm glad you liked our little effort in receiving you the way we did.  Thank you for singling us out for your visit.  It was indeed an honor.

    On behalf of everyone here who partner with me in the day to day functioning of the school, I wish to thank you for your words of appreciation about this school.  What the team of Management and Teachers have achieved is indeed phenomenal.  Without their dedication and commitment, we could never have reached the state you saw.  They deserve the kudos you've given.

    Finally, I like to thank you and the OEF for having taken us on board your journey to educate the underprivileged. We are indeed grateful. What is even more encouraging is your willingness to include us in your upgradation initiative of involving up to Grade 7 in the coming year.  That will, indeed, give a much needed fill in to our educational process.  I look forward to that being implemented.

    Thank you Jim for visiting us and I look forward to your next visit to us.

    Regards from all of us here.                                                                  

    Raju Asirvadam - Chairman
    HOPE English Medium School - Madanapalle
    India

    November 2016

  • I take this chance to thank you a lot for the seminar you conducted at HAPPY E.M.P.S.  I really enjoyed and I got a lot of insight about teaching! Thank you a lot Brother.

    I really wished the seminar were to continue for even 3 days! For me it was as if I was back into T.T.C. adding some more knowledge about teaching!  (92 teachers from 30 schools attended Teacher Training Seminar for schools in Bukoba, Tanzania by OE Primary Program Manager Jamaal Mlewa August 9, 2016).

    Fr. Benedict Kweyamba - Principal
    St. John Bosco Preparatory Seminary - Rutabo
    Tanzania

    August 2016

  • Mpemba Reformatory School (Malawi) has 53 students with 9 teachers.  The children at the school are those who were in conflict with the law.  One boy doesn't have parents.  One girl was black-mailed as a witch and her relatives wanted to burn her alive to death, I rescued her.  Another girl has a very long and complicated story.  Her mother was once married with children and then divorced.  She remarried to another man and had a girl from this second marriage.  They got divorced and she remarried her first husband but he said no to the other child.  He chased her away as well as poisoned her so as not to return home.  I rescued her through the court and welcomed her to this centre.  OE program greatly assist in their education and we thank you.

    Medson Milanzi - Principal
    Mpemba Reformatory School - Mpemba
    Malawi

    August 2016

  • I am a teacher at Anwiankwanta S.D.A Primary School in Ghana.  Thanks very much for in service training that I experience recently.  In fact, I learn a lot from it since this my first experience with Opportunity Education.  The training is going to impact the students.

    Appiah Anima Naomi - Teacher
    Anwiankwanta Seventh Day Adventist Primary School - Ashanti
    Ghana

    June 2016

  • Hello Mr. Jamaal (OE Tanzania Primary School Program Manager), thanks very much for your visit and for the seminar you gave us, for sure we leant many things. "When I hear I forget. When I see I remember, but when I do I understand".

    Principal -
    Hekima English Medium Pre and Primary School - Kasulu
    Tanzania

    June 2016

  • Special greetings from Shiperoy community.  We thank you for the education equipment you give us.  We are really making good use of them.  Thank you so much may God bless you.

    Our children’s reading skills have really improved and this has been all possible with the Opportunity Education equipment.  Thank you so much.

    Mabel Semujju - Principal
    Shiperoy Nursery & Primary School - Kampala
    Uganda

    June 2016

  • Started in 2013 with the goal of improving functional literacy for school children in World Vision Zambia’s operational areas through the use of audio-visual materials in reading, science, math and creative arts. OE project is in 123 schools serving 26,200 students of which 13,362 are girls and 12,838 are boys.  We report:

    The use of the audio-visual teaching/learning materials has significantly

    • - Improved school enrolment/attendance
    • - Reduced absenteeism/school drops outs
    • - Increased attendance in schools with percentages ranging from 60% to 95% and some 100% attendance rate
    • - Stimulated a lot of interest in learners to participate in the learning process
    • - Availability of teaching/learning materials has made work easy for teachers to present their lessons
    • - Pupils’ performance has improved significantly in many schools ranging from 30% to 70% in some schools in Sinazongwe,
    •   Mporokoso and Kaoma ADPs.
    • - Reading and numeracy skills have improved as noted through monitoring reports and teacher testimonies
    • - Significant improvement of pupils pass rate in Mporokoso from 74% to 90% due to improved reading or literacy levels.
    •   Sinazongwe and Makokonto Primary Schools are reportedly  ranked top in Sinazongwe District at grade 7 level due to the
    •   available materials for use by grade 7 pupils.
    • - Pupils have found concept grasping easy as they can see what is being taught through videos.
    World Vision Zambia - Semi Annual Report FY 2016
    World Vision National Office, Lusaka
    Zambia

    June 2016

  • Our school received the donation from our sister school Edison Elementary of Council Bluffs, Iowa in the sum of US $328.  We highly appreciate the donation.  For our school it is a big support as we are doing repairs around the school.  We are painting classrooms so it will be a big push up.  I will send you photos of the job soon.  Special thanks to Jenni and I fondly remember the time she visited our school.  Please send our special greetings to Edison students for their contributions to our school. 

    Wilson Shange - School Founder
    Sotwa Wilson School - Arusha
    Tanzania

    June 2016

  • Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful newsletter.  I like the concept of the writing prompt. I think this will be very valuable to Ugandan children in helping them learn their communities, the different cultures of different communities and who cares about children. The questions raised by the teacher from Tanzania are the same questions that feature our discussions with teachers as we do training on the use of OEF materials. However with discussions and sharing suggestions for solutions that have been provided, we look forward to seeing a huge positive impact on our children's learning.

    Angom Rosemary - Coordinator OEF Uganda
    World Vision Kampala
    Uganda

    May 2016

  • Thank you so Much.  OE is really working.  It updates every teacher especially in 3rd World countries where we experienced tradition forceful curriculum.  Through OE am able to teach all subject at Primary School level.  My first live seminar was at Moshi 2010.  It was very amazing.  I liked that.  Then the DVD lessons are also very nice too, especially developing listening and speaking skills to both teacher and pupils.  Thank you OE for your idea of introducing this program.                                                                  

    Alstidia Kasimbazi - Teacher
    Genius King's Nursery and Primary School
    Tanzania

    May 2016

  • You need to know how I felt after getting a person from World Vision at the school telling me that Opportunity Education was back in Uganda with its support towards Education. I screamed and shouted at the top of my voice praising THE ALMIGHTY GOD for his wonders that never end. We give glory to him who has all our plans. You are welcome back and it’s great to have you.                         

    Jan Kamsiime - Principal
    Kampala City Council School
    Uganda

    April 2016

  • It is evidenced that children in Opportunity Education classes read and write better than their counterparts in schools that do not have Opportunity Education.

    The teachers and parents have testified that communication in English language have greatly improved amongst children. Teachers have testified that it is easier to teach lessons in Opportunity Education class than in a traditional class because Opportunity Education children understand concepts easier. “…….Children in Opportunity Education classes are not shy in presenting themselves or ideas…” says Christina Herbst of S.T.S Tobin. “…….Class 4 children read bidding prayers in church better than class 6 children…….. That is why we rely on class 4 children for the church liturgy…. thanks to opportunity Education.’’ says Mr. Tanayen of C.S Kikaikelaki.

    Marus Berinyuy - Education Secretary
    Diocese of Kumbo
    Cameroon

    April 2016

  • One of the vital and rare treasures that OE offers in promoting better education for Tanzanian children is the annual Professional Development Seminars.  At the beginning of every seminar, teachers were surveyed regarding teaching experience.  The findings from 2015 survey were

         - Teachers with experience from 2 years and below: 20%
         - Teachers with experience from 2 – 4  years: 30%,
         - Above 4 years of teaching experience: 50%.

    Professional skills learnt in college are subject to forgetfulness.  Due to lack of opportunities due to poverty, most teachers do not get refresher courses or seminars to polish their skills. As uch, OE Professional Development Seminars (PDS) come to the teachers as a godsend.

    In 2015, OE conducted PDS in 29 regions of Tanzania.  1,740 teachers from 348 schools attend PDS.  These teachers touched the lives of 78,300 students by improving the efficiency of teaching methods. 

    In Sumbawanga, teachers from non OE schools ‘invaded’ the seminar and pleaded to be allowed to attend the seminar.  One teacher from Kigoma remarked, “OE has come to redeem us, the fruits of this investment shall be seen when these poor children become responsible people in the society”.

    Jamaal Mlewa - OE Primary School Program Manager
    Dar es Salaam
    Tanzania

    March 2016

  • Warm wishes from St. Joseph's High School.  Opportunity Education has helped us a lot in improving our students through this Academic Year. The materials given by you is helping us a lot in improving even weak students.

    Sr. Asanthu - Principal
    St. Joseph High School - Telangana State
    India

    March 2016

  • Just returned from Malawi where I got the school up and running thanks to Opportunity Education Foundation materials and curriculum which the teachers are really finding very helpful.  I want to say thank you for all the help that you are giving me in order to help the children of Malawi have a quality education.

    Dr. Joe Mtika - President & CEO
    Norforlk Private Schools Malawi - Blantyre
    Malawi

    February 2016

  • In-Country Consultant in Zambia for Opportunity Education is World Vision International.  Mark Kelly, WV Zambia National Director, interviews Bimbe Basic School Head Teacher Bwalya Mulenga in this one minute you tube vide.  Mr. Mulenga reports that OE program increased pass rates by 10% as well as increased enrollment.  Note that exams are taken at the end of grade 7 while Bimbe has only received OE materials up to Grade 3.


    Bwalya Mulenga - Head Teacher
    Bimbe Basic School - Lusaka
    Zambia

    December 2015

  • I want to share an interesting success of 2015 as the Grade 6 learners celebrated their best achievement in Mathematics competition through the use of Opportunity Education resources.  

    Gretta Bongo - Principal
    Thandizulu Junior Secondary School - Lusikisiki
    South Africa

    December 2015

  • Kashinda Primary School received Mpika ADP Best School Award for Reading and Writing Competition.  I find it much easier to teach lower grades due to additional learning material in the Opportunity Education Learning kit.  She further states that her class’s success story with regards to improved reading and writing skill is mainly attributed to OE project.

    Mrs. Chanda - Grade 1 Teacher
    Kashinda Primary School - Mporokoso
    Zambia

    November 2015

  • Today the 3rd grade wrote their letters to their pen pals. They are so excited and loved receiving and writing letters.  "I have never had a pen pal!"  “I can't believe I am writing a real letter to a friend in Africa!".  "I love their drawings!"  "They spelled all the words right!" This is such a rich, authentic, meaningful experience.....if only others would realize it!

    Judy Sorenson - Sister School Coordinator
    Maxey Elementary School - Lincoln, Nebraska
    United States

    November 2015

  • Sister School letters were received today from Ralston Middle School.  Business at the school almost came to a standstill as pupils opened the letters.  Simply put, it was joy, joy and joy!

    Mr. Andrews - Sister School Coordinator
    Rosmini Pre & Primary School - Lushoto
    Tanzania

    November 2015

  • St. Felista School so much appreciates the OEF service, which has made teaching and learning - modern, enjoyable and easier to both students and teachers.  We thank God for being among the top ten improved schools in Dar es Salaam city, the second winner in improved schools in the Municipal and among top ten schools performed well in Kinondoni Municipal in the year 2014, and awarded certificates of recognition by the government in each mentioned category of performance.

    The OEF program helps our students to:

          - Easily grasp concepts which would otherwise be not such easy.

          - Acquire skills more quickly.

          - Enjoy their studies. 

          - Read much earlier and

          - Make the learning easier.

    The program has also:

           -
    Made teaching easier and
           
           - Changed the children.

    Sister Theonesta Massaw - Principal
    St. Felista English Medium School - Dar es Salaam
    Tanzania

    October 2015

  • On behalf of Bayeele Parish and All Saints B.N.P.S. in particular, I wish to thank you immensely for your kind donation of materials to our school.  It has gone a long way to change the standard of education of our pupils and teachers in our school.

    Ngong Emilinda Yeenso - Head Teacher
    All Saints B.N. P.S. - Bayelle
    Cameroon

    October 2015

  • We have the honor most respectful to thank you immensely for the wonderful gift of didactic gadgets for the Education Opportunity program you have provided for our schools of Futru. These gadgets have thus helped and are really helping in facilitating our teaching learning process due to this, we shall continue to exploit this material for the benefit of our children. We are very greatly with the Catholic Education Agency for also giving the necessary formation to some of our teachers on how on how to use the materials. The pupils are mastering and making good use of the knowledge gained from gadgets.

    We wish and promise not to relent our efforts towards the usage of these wonderful gifts and pray that God Almighty will keep on providing and replenishing you to provide these materials to us and those really in need.

    Fr. Kengem Marcel Che - School Principal
    St. Michael's Catholic School, Futru
    Cameroon

    October 2015

  • This is Margaret from Uganda Martyrs Primary School a sister school of R. M. Marrs Magnet Center (Omaha, NE - Brenda Larsen teacher). I want to thank you for the sister school program that has enabled our children share a lot with children from America. We thank our sister school for the donation this year I am happy to inform you that we used that money to construct energy saving stoves for cooking pupil's meals.  In our school budget we included sanitary pads for the girls who have been missing school because of lack of what to use during that period.  The money saved from fire wood will pay for the pads. Thanks to our sister school.

    Margaret Kijjambu - Head Teacher
    Uganda Martyrs Primary School, Kinyanya - Kampala
    Uganda

    September 2015

  • Early 2015, Catholic Nursery and Primary School Ndu in Cameroon posted letters to Charles City Middle School, IA, their Sister School in the US. They have been patiently and eagerly waiting for the replies. Last week,Monday, 7th of September 2015 I got a posted parcel containing letters from Charles City Middle School for CS  Ndu. On Thursday,10 September I brought the letters to the children and teachers of Ndu.

    Even though it was raining' Cats N Dogs' that day, it was indeed a red letter day for this rural school in Cameroon.    "I can't believe that this letter is written to me from the USA by a white man....."Says Confidence Manju, a lady teacher of class 4. "I shall show my letter to my parents and friends at home and then I shall display the letter on the wall in our living room......I have a friend in America..."shouted Shey Brandon a student of Class 5. There was a lot of excitement and euphoria as I distributed the letters to the fortunate teachers and students.

    Unfortunately, the letters were not for every one! Even those who did not receive any letter tried to touch and kiss the letters of those who received.  I promised to come back for every one to write to pen pals.  It is going to be Letter Writing Day. Thank you.

    Marius Berinyys - Head Teacher
    Catholic Nursery and Primary School Ndu - Kumbo
    Cameroon

    September 2015

  • In Tanzania, English language competence is in most cases perceived as the yard stick to measure the efficiency and ability of people seeking fresh employments.  We are indeed grateful for the OE support especially the English language DVDs and supplementary books.  The only place where children practice and get access to English language facilities is at the school.  The dividends of the investment in education that OE is making shall be enjoyed by the entire community several years later.  A time shall come when these children shall be required to undergo interviews in English language. This is the time when the value of investing in English language promotion shall be seen.                                                                                    

    Sister Salvin - Head Teacher
    Carmel Convent Primary School - Kigoma
    Tanzania

    September 2015

  • From facts gathered from the field, this program is a wonderful program and it is doing a great Job to teachers and their pupils. Most of the teachers who are running this program in their Schools are becoming more and more interested in the program. In my opinion this program should be extended to other Primary Schools in the Archdiocese of Bamenda if the means is there.

    The program has been very effective as a guide to the teaching of sounds and word building, Mathematics and in the identification of shapes. The flash cards have given more meaning to the learning of the operations of Mathematics and it basic operators (+, _, * and /).  They have also been very useful for the sounds and word building lessons. The Bingo games are also very useful.

    We had a five week In-service Training Course where the head teacher of St, Joseph Mankon and the teacher in charge of the Opportunity Education Program in her School were facilitators of the Subjects Sounds and Word Building, and Education Technology respectively, and they were so wonderful. Their performance, they testified it was thanks to the Opportunity Education Program.

    Plans to ensure that all those involve in the Opportunity Education program in the Archdiocese of Bamenda, should all create active email accounts come 2015/2016 Academic Year are in the pipe line. This I believe will make the flow of information between my office and the concern Schools easier and more effective.  One of the main issue facing the Schools involve in this program other than electricity, is partial or no access to the internet.

    Valentine Nsanyu - Education Secretary of Bamenda Diocese
    Cameroon

    August 2015

  • Thank you for OE materials and employing innovative teaching methods.  Our students enjoy learning with the creative and useful learning resources that accompany the videos and Teachers' Guides.

    Our school has 105 students.  60 students are girls and 45 boys starting at kindergarten to age 15.  About 40% of our pupils are orphans who stay at the school all the time.

    Roseline E. Swai - Managing Director
    Ros Pre and Primary School, Moshi
    Tanzania

    August 2015

  • Thanks a lot for your thoughtfulness and the alternative assistance.  I am really proud of you. I am happy to get any assistance which will help my teachers and students to become better people and useful people in the society.  May God Bless you and your noble work of assisting the young generation.  My students are the first generation who will be receiving their education.  We are in the remote village and at present we are disturbed with earthquake and landslides due to the constant rain.  This is the monsoon time here at the hills. Hope to see you sometime here with us in the hills.  Lots of love and greetings.  Thanks again and again.

    Sister Mary Shaija - Principal
    Notre Dame School - Sumbuck
    India

    July 2015

  • Greetings from Fr. David Raju. M from Bangalore - INDIA.  It's a fantastic newsletter about the activities of OE in Africa.  Heartfelt thanks to you for including our school in OE, helping the poor and slum children of our school. Thank you and God bless your good work.

    Fr. David Raju. M - Principal
    St. Gasper Vidyalaya - Bangalore
    India

    July 2015

  • This is just to let you know that am well and going on with my mission in the Great Lake zone.  During this past week, I conducted Professional Development seminars in Karagwe, Ngara, Kahama and Shinyanga.  123 teachers from 41 schools in these areas participated in Seminars.  A cross section of teachers could not hide their joy and satisfaction after attending the seminar.

    Their joy can indeed be understood.  In a fast changing world, knowledge learnt in colleges seem to be fast losing touch with reality on the ground as day follows night and night follows day. As such, refresher courses and seminars like the one offered by OE come in handy for they keep the teachers update with modern teaching methods to suit the needs of a modern generation.

    According to the government’s wishful teacher to student ratio, improving the performance of 123 teachers would directly improve the quality of education to 5,535 Tanzanian children.

    Sadly, however, economic hardships in struggling economies like Tanzania render it hard for educators to afford costs for these refresher causes.  In this light, OE sponsored seminars play redeemer!  Long Live Joe, Long live OE.   

    Jamaal Mlewa - OE Primary School Program Manager
    Dar es Salaam
    Tanzania

    July 2015

  • I greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  We received money from our sister school (R.M. Marrs Magnet Center, Omaha, Nebraska). We are happy to inform you that the Management of this school has agreed to use this money to construct energy saving stoves for preparing children's meals at school.  These stoves are going to help us reduce the firewood we use and thus reduce expense in the school budget. 

    We have also agreed to use the money we are going to save to buy sanitary pads for the girls who have been having problems.  Most of the girls have been missing school due to lack of what to use during their menstruation periods.

    We are so happy with our sister school which has helped us a lot. We also thank the sister school programme and the Opportunity Education Programme.  God bless.

    Margaret Kijjambu - Principal
    Uganda Martyrs Primary School, Kinyanya
    Afghanistan

    June 2015

  • Greetings of peace from Fr. Inna.  Thank you very much for your hospitality given to me. Thank you for the lunch and the gifts ( bags) made in India. Thank you for the software given to me.  I appreciate for all that you do for the poor across the world. We are all grateful and thankful to you and OE. Please let nobody know that I visited you.  Please continue to pray for me and the missions. You are all remembered in my prayers.

    Fr. Inna Reddy - Superintendent
    Bishop Thumma Bala School - Warangal
    India

    June 2015

  • I hope this email finds you well. I arrived here in New Zealand on 21st May and have started my course at University of Auckland.

    Being an earthquake survivor, and observing the schools situation for a month during the situation, I realized to focus on disaster risk reduction area for my PhD research. I will be looking for role of schools to prevent and educate about disasters. I will also analyze the relationship between school and community to cope disaster situation.

    Please convey my regards to all the Opportunity Education team. I love Opportunity Education, and its work. Since I was involved with Opportunity Education work from 2005 to 2015, I also have a great short of feeling of ownership and respect. Many thanks for your prayers and feeling.

    Yagya Raj - Education Officer
    United Mission to Nepal - Katmandu
    Nepal

    June 2015

  • Hi Opportunity Education, I am delighted that I have again got opportunity to share with you some of the challenges we are meeting in the schools in Africa. First of all I would like to thank you for the support you gave to us when I was still a Head Teacher of Bukasa Primary School. The school grew from 429 pupils before opportunity Education support to over 856 pupils after. The current school where I am is KCCA Busega Community Primary School. I would like to invite you to render similar support. The educational materials we received were very useful for educational activities in the schools. I plead for similar support for KCCA Busega Community Primary School.

    Ojulong Ogwang Francis - Head Teacher
    KCCA Busega Community Primary School
    Uganda

    May 2015

  • It was such an honor to visit with you and learn how powerful a tool your program is and will impact teaching at Norfolk Private Schools-Malawi.  I do agree that it's priceless.  This will not only help teach the students but also teachers.  On behalf of NPSM and on my own behalf I want to thank OE for such a donation. This will undoubtable effect the learning of Malawian students.
    Dr. Joe Mtika - Founder
    Norfolk Private Schools Malawi - Blantrye, Malawi
    Malawi

    April 2015

  • As the Director of Testimony School in Mwanga Region Kilimanjaro Region, I take this opportunity to give our sincere thanks to Opportunity Education for supporting us.  Our school in standard four National Examination scored the First position in Mwanga District among 113 school in 2013 and in 2014 we scored the 2nd position. Thank you for the material.
    Juvin Kuyenga - Director
    Testimonay School
    Tanzania

    April 2015

  • Opportunity Education materials help more than anything in Nursery school activities.

    Sr. Margaret Kongnyuy - Principal
    Christ the King Catholic School, Jakiri
    Cameroon

    March 2015

  • I use OE materials for all my lessons; there is always something to use……….. A teacher has to be initiative and resourceful.
    Sr. Basiline Ukamaka - Teacher
    St. John the Baptist Catholic Nursery and Primary School, Ngondzen
    Cameroon

    March 2015

  • OE resources have helped my school enormously in reading and spoken English. My students now communicate with relative ease……….”
    Peter Kingsum - Teacher
    Kumbo Diocese
    Cameroon

    March 2015

  • The teachers very happily shared that because of using OE material, the students can easily understand the concepts, identify numbers, shapes, figures and colors.  The material is helping to retain memory because students are able to learn by seeing & touching.  Classes are more active & alive.  The students are able to learn things easier & faster.

    Dhana Laxmi - Teacher
    John Marie Memorial Matriculation School, Shoolagiri
    India

    March 2015

  • OE materials are the best materials we’ve ever had.  The local government office is also very appreciative of these materials as these materials effectively contributes to the learning process of the children.

    Kshitij Raj Prasai - Team Leader Education Team United Missions to Nepal
    Bajhang School System - Bajhang
    Nepal

    March 2015

  • Thank you very much for this News letter. We are very happy to find our Janajagriti Lower Secondary School Nepal in the list of Sister School pen pal program. This is a good opportunity to connect poor people from our remote village who have good access to new technology.  We think this program has helped lot to provide service who wants to learn more about the people of the world through education. Thank again and hope your regular updates. 

    Soroj Karki - Principal
    Janajagriti Lower Secondary School, Dhading Bagmati, Central Region
    Nepal

    February 2015

  • I am writing just to say thank you for the good work you have done to one of our schools, Mtakuja. We feel that we now have a better opportunity to make Mtakuja one of the best schools in this country.

    It is my prayer to you that you continue this program to more other schools and we may probably be in the situation to make a network of the schools so that learning from each other (student-student) may be even broader.

    God's Blessings to Opportunity Education Fund and all staff.                             

    William Kivuyo - ELCT EDUCATION DIRECTOR
    Tanzania

    January 2015

  • A total of 166 class teachers, 83 school managers and 16 Education Standards Officers have been trained in the use of the OE educational materials to teach reading, mathematics, science, social studies, and creative arts.

    The use of the audio-visual teaching/learning materials has significantly improved school enrollment/attendance, reduced absenteeism/school drops outs and stimulated a lot of interest in learners to participate in the learning process. At the same time the availability of teaching/learning materials has made work easy for teachers to present their lessons.

    World Vision Fiscal Year 2014 - Project Report - Video Interactive Learning Project
    World Vision - Lusaka
    Zambia

    December 2014


  • Evangelical Lutheran
    Church in Tanzania
    NORTHERN DIOCESE            
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    Kanisa la Kiinjili la
    Kilutheri Tanzania
    DAYOSISI YA KASKAZINI
    P.O. Box 195, MOSHI, Tanzania
    Telephone: (027) 2754359/2754360
    Fax: (027) 2750144
    Cables: LUTHERAN, Moshi
    E-mail: elctnd@kanisa.net

    20th December, 2014


    Mr. J. Joe Ricketts
    Opportunity Education
    10156 L Street
    Omaha, NE 68127

    Dear Mr. Ricketts,

    Re: OFFICIAL INVITATION IN LAUNCHING OF TABLET PROGRAM.

    On behalf of the Northern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, I thank you for the significant investment that you are making in the lives of young people of our country through the Opportunity Education!

    Within our Diocese, we believe that education is a basic human right and a significant factor in the development of children, communities, and countries. Education is more than reading, writing, and math. It is one of the most important investments a country can make in its people and its future and is critical to reducing poverty and creating opportunity. The Church in Tanzania believes part of its mission is to be educational leaders. As we strive to provide excellent education to the young people of Tanzania, we are extremely grateful to people like you who graciously commit time and resources to deepen the quality of learning and lay the foundation for a brighter future.

    We are honored that your Foundation has selected Mtakuja Secondary School to be a part of the Opportunity Tablet Program in 2015. You cannot imagine our excitement! We believe the use of technology can be revolutionary in creating a learning environment that provides young people unique opportunities to think, grow and learn. We thank you for the trust you have placed in us and we pledge to be a good partner in the tablet program.

    Mr. Ricketts, we would like to personally invite you to be our honored guest on Friday, 13 February 2015, when we officially launch the Opportunity Tablet Program with a special celebration. This will be a special day for Mtakuja Secondary School and for all of us the Kilimanjaro region who are committed to the education of young people. Your presence would be a blessing. I thank you in advance for prayerfully considering our request.

    Allow me to offer an additional word of gratitude. Several primary schools related to the Northern Diocese have been able to enhance their academic programs through the work of your foundation. For instance, I wish you could see firsthand the tremendous impact that Opportunity Education is making in schools, such as Nuru Pre and Primary School, as they serve as centers of learning among desperately poor people.

    During this season of Christmas, may the Lord bless you and your family as you celebrates the birth of Christ!

    In Christ,

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    Rev. Dr. Fredrick Shoo - Bishop-elect, ELCT ND
    Tanzania

    December 2014

  • We sincerely thank you very much for giving us OE materials, televisions, DVD players, CDs and DVDs with books. Our teachers are teaching us well.  We are able to learn easily all our lessons.  They are very useful as we learn about dinosaurs, mummies, Wild Ocean and secrets of Egypt.

    • It is very helpful for us to learn mathematics by using flash cards of additional and subtraction.  We enjoy it and learned additional and subtraction well.  
    • We used the musical instruments for our singing which adds colour to music and helped us to enjoy our singing.
    • We also made lots of decorative charts by the help of our teachers in the creative arts class which enabled us to improve our creativity.
    Sr. Anusha Nsowjanya - Principal
    Bishop Thumma Bola School - Chinnaramcherla Village, Bachannapet Madel, Warangal District
    India

    December 2014

  • Thank you ever so much for your generous heart. I would like to tell you more about Sikkim - one of the tiniest states of India which was ruled by a monarch till 1975.  Then India annexed. It is situated at the foot of Himalayas, on its north China and the east Bhutan and on the west Nepal.  It is a land locked state. The communication is poor, earthquake prone area and frequent landslide and harsh winter, economically people are very poor.  Most of the children are from the broken families because of their early marriage of their parents, unemployment and frustration are the scenario of this area where we are working.  We started in 2000 and trying to give quality education and empowerment of Girl child.  We are running Upper Primary till class VIII, co- education.  The need of this hour is to upgrade the school to class X because the parents are unable to send their children outside. There are Government schools but the teaching is not satisfactory.  Our future plan is to make this school in to a secondary level for that we need money for building, toilets, science lab and the just salary for the qualified teachers.  We would like to express our profound gratitude for your kind consideration.  Mr. Rethish visited seven schools and the plight of the poor children is pathetic.  We are convinced that God has sent you to reach out to the poor children.  We extend a warm welcome to visit us in your future.  Once again we thank you and pray for you.  May God bless you, your family and your country.

    Sr. Winefred FC - Principal
    Daughters of the Cross Convent School - Rinchenpong, West Sikkim
    India

    December 2014

  • We are doing fine in academic performance as our school was first in Standard Four Examination among 113 schools in the Mwanga District.  This is because of the materials we receive from opportunity Education.  On behalf of my school, I give much thanks to Opportunity Education.

    Juvin Buruya - School Director
    Testimony School - Kilimanjaro
    Tanzania

    November 2014

  • The Opportunity Education is a good program that has helped our pupils reading ability. 

    Edith Adams - Grade 1 Teacher
    Suhum Methodist Primary - Suhum
    Ghana

    November 2014

  • It helps teaching and learning easy.  It has improved students listening skills by watching the television.

    Josephine Oteng - Grade 1 Teacher
    Asanso Primary School - Ashanti
    Ghana

    November 2014

  • The program is very effective and motivate.
    Eunice Mantey - Grade 2 Teacher
    Teacher Mante Presby Primary - Nsawam
    Ghana

    November 2014

  • The programme is very good because it has helped us a lot that pupils can read well and they have also developed interest in it because of the televisions.  Attendance of pupils have improved.  Therefore suggest that it must be extended to other schools.  

     

    Okyere Margaret - Teacher
    Kofi Annor - Asante Primary - Nankese
    Ghana

    November 2014

  • The program should be extended to other classes and well as other schools because of its effectiveness. 

     
    Faustina Tawiah Grant - Grade 1 Teacher
    Bishop Lemaire Anglican Primary School - Saltpond
    Ghana

    November 2014

  • Thank you so much for safely returning the Tanzanian mural to us! The children were so excited.  Our art teacher, who helped to design and paint the mural with the children, used the mural and photos in a presentation at an art educators' conference a couple of days after I received everything.  While we were disappointed that our mailed materials did not make it to Tanzania, we were thrilled to place our hands upon the hand prints of students from so far away and to see their beautiful smiling faces in the photographs.  The Menallen students who created the banner (now 6th graders) as well as the new 5th-grade students were thrilled.  They analyzed every photo down to the last detail.  The mural and photos provided a wonderful springboard for discussion and great way to introduce writing to Uhuru Peak students again.  I will be mailing those letters soon.  Meanwhile, we will be hanging the mural in a place of honor in our school.

    Thank you once again for your assistance helping us reach out to our sister school. I think all of us felt one heartbeat closer through this project.

    Michelle Komacek - NBCT, 5th Grade Teacher
    Menallen Elementary - Uniontown, PA
    United States

    November 2014

  • Greetings from Notre Dame Secondary School.  First of all I Like to Thank you for all the help that you have given to our school and our students.  It was really an enriching experience for me to have your team come here and allow the students to use the Tablets for their knowledge and working with the technology.  As far as my experience goes with the youth everywhere they are quick in learning with the use of technology.  I am happy and proud of you, your team and my students for their effort to develop confidence and comfort with the technology.  Of course as we grow older, we find it difficult to use the modern technology.  The older generation is comfortable with chalk talk method.  Thank you for opening the minds of the older generation too for making it interesting in the use of technology.  All these awareness and knowledge is very important for growth and progress of the nation and people to bring positive development for the individuals, families, nations and to the one world.  It tries to equalize the opportunities for all.  Therefore my request is to make available for all schools in Tanzania to help with the modern education.  "Only Education can remove Poverty, and provide growth and development".  Thank you to all of OE stake holders. 

    Sister Shaija - Principal
    Notre Dame Secondary School - Njiro
    Tanzania

    November 2014

  • The management and Staff of Odina Oguaa Methodist basic School, wish to express their gratitude to your organization for your support to our school. the educational software has  being tremendous benefit to our lesson delivering. During labor unrest (strike) students were still in school to benefit from the software.

    Thanks                                                                            

    GEORGE BEDIAKU - HEADMASTER
    Odina Oguaa Methodist Basic School
    Ghana

    October 2014

  • Hi.  I am taking this opportunity to convey my appreciation to you for your material and moral support to our school.  Thanks very much.  Your materials have been useful and very much helpful to our learning processes.  You are making our teaching methodology to be simple through your materials.  Our pupils enjoy from your educative and enjoyable materials.  On behalf of the entire community of Bahari schools.  I say thank you much for your tireless effort on supporting our school.  God bless you. 

    Much regards,

    Andrew Ndege - Principal
    Bahari Nursery & Primary School - Dar es Salaam
    Tanzania

    October 2014

  • Thank you dear.  You are doing a wonderful job to Tanzania.  We are privileged to have this programme in our school.  We have already completed for Grade I, II, III, IV.  Now grade V and VI are learning .Soon we will be conducting exams.  It is really interesting and so far we didn't get sister school.  You have promised that you would do it soon but I have not got it.  Kindly do the procedures so that our students would get involved in exchanging views.  We look for your positive consideration.

    Sr. Reega Ann - Principal
    St. Ann's Primary School - Mororgoro
    Tanzania

    October 2014

  • Hello!  Thank you very much for all the newsletters with writing letter ideas.  As a school, we respond positively as one way of learning.  We have challenges with electricity problems with not able to read emails.  Other challenges are language as most use is in Kiswahili, English somehow is a problem needs time for translation.  But we a sure you that we are happy with the program.  

    With thanks,

    Sr. Regina Chibibi - Headmistress
    Elizabeth Centre - Arusha
    Tanzania

    October 2014

  • I wanted to thank-you for putting together such a wonderful evening.  I was so touched by Joe and all he discussed.  I am looking forward to being on the Sister School Committee.  Thank-you again for enjoyable and informative evening.
    Carol Fritz - PhysEd & K-Music
    Central School - Chicago, IL
    United States

    October 2014

  • Just wanted to thank you both for including me/us last night.  While it was great to be there as representing our PTA, it was as much appreciated personally.  I would love for us to be able to highlight what you are all doing with more of the parent community if you felt comfortable.  I love seeing the letters that we receive and our kids’ letters back, but putting it into context of the total organization really is so inspirational.  Please let me know how I can help
    Robin Cook - PTA President Central School
    Central School - Chicago, IL
    United States

    October 2014

  • Thank you so much for hosting last night's event.  I am so impressed by the continued passion of your family to this important endeavor.  You are all making an important difference in the lives of so many children.  It is hard not to get choked up when listening to the stories of how the aspirations of these children change because of education.  It gives me hope.

    Best regards always,

    Melanie Goffen Horowitz - Administrator for Curriculum & Instruction
    Wilmette Public Schools District 39 - Wilmetta, IL
    United States

    October 2014

  • Thank you again for inviting me to the event last night..... the program is impressive.  I didn't know how extensive the work you do is... I thought it was primarily about  "sister schools.' Anyway awesome work you all do... I loved it.

    Thanks,

    Raymond Lechner, Ph.D. - Superintendent
    Wilmette Public Schools - Wilmette, IL
    United States

    October 2014

  • Thank for the help and all the materials we receive from Opportunity Education.  It helps as our pupils as we placed First in Mwanga District on national exams.
    Juvin - School Director
    Testimony School
    Tanzania

    October 2014

  • THANKS VERY MUCH FOR THE INFORMATION AND ESPECIALLY FOR THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT THE TEACHER TRAINING VIDEO WHICH WILL REALLY BE VERY HELPFUL TO US. WE WISH YOU ALL THE BEST IN YOUR EFFORTS TO FACILITATE OUR WORK OF EDUCATING THE YOUNG AND BRINGING THEM UP AS RESPECTABLE AND RESPONSIBLE MEMBERS OF THE SOCIETY. MAY THE ALMIGHTY GOD KEEP YOU BLESSED.
    FR. FLORENCE KAMUGISHA - VICE RECTOR
    Rutabo Preparatory Seminary
    Tanzania

    October 2014

  • We are very grateful to you for all your efforts in making available quality learning materials to our school. We are trying our best to make use of them for better education. We have regular Opportunity Education classes. The teachers too had orientation in the beginning of the academic year. We will be happy to have more teacher training so as to make them better teachers.
    Fr. Sebastian Vettikal - School Director
    De Paul English Medium School
    Tanzania

    October 2014

  • Thank you very much for the materials are indeed needful for the teachers in Sierra Leone.
    We have not resumed classes due to eliminating this deadly virus EBOLA as it has affected the re-open of schools.
    Christiana Baun - Manager
    Sierra International Academy
    Sierra Leone

    September 2014

  • Thank you so much. We value the assistance to educate our teachers and pupils. We shall be grateful to receive the materials.
    Charles Tamale - Head Teacher
    Luzira Primary School
    Uganda

    September 2014

  • We take this time to thank the task taken by Opportunity Education to take our education to the next level.
    We are closed for the school calendar year in South African 2014.
    Andile Kango - Principal
    Mfundisweni Junior Secondary School
    South Africa

    September 2014

  • Since 2008, Opportunity Education has been donating TVs, DVD players, educational DVDs and supplemental education materials from preprimary to Grade 7.  The generous support from Opportunity Education made our children feel comfortable in school, trust their environment, make friends, experience pride and self-control and have positive attitudes towards life as they are provided with affordable education.  Opportunity Education also linked us with Neil Armstrong Academy through Sister School partnership program.  We expect the children in both schools with benefit from the pen pal relationship with each other as schools will share ideas and information.

    Achievements Due to OE programme at Anzakuelimisha Schools

    * Increased number of pupils joining the school
    * Increased number of orphaned children who are vulnerable pass exams
    * Increased number of pupils have entered secondary school as they pass with flying colors the Secondary Examination
       conducted by National Examination council of Tanzania (NECTA)
    * Community members have become very closely to Anzakuelimisha

    Muhidin Abdul - School Manager
    Anzakuelimisha Nursery and Primary School - Karagwe
    Tanzania

    August 2014

  • I sincerely thank you for providing material for our diocesan school this year.  We started using them.  I appreciate and thank for all you do in providing material and opportunities to the rural and poor children of India.

    Fr. Inna Reddy - Principal
    Bishop Thumma Bala School - Warangal
    India

    August 2014

  • We really appreciate the services you have provided for us during the week of workshop of curriculum mapping at Uhuru Hotel.  The workshop was so nice, we learned a lot of things.  We also appreciate the work done by Lisa, she did great in supervising the workshop.  We really enjoyed her leadership.   Please convey our heartfelt thanks to the entire leadership.  Be blessed.

    Remmy Mpagama - Tablet Coordinator
    Mzumbe
    Tanzania

    July 2014

  • I'm the mother to one of your pupils - Mumanye Gracious Mary in Primary 3.  I wish to express my sincere appreciation to you for your effort in giving our children a bright future.  Thank you so much.  May Almighty God bless you all.

    Namulema Winne - Parent
    Uganda

    July 2014

  • Greetings from St. Joseph's High School; Kumarpally; Hanamkonda.  We have received material of Grade 7.  It is good for students' over all development.  We have started the lessons.  Thank you for your kind help and hope you do continue the same.

    With regards,

    Manjula Reddy - Head Mistress
    St. Joseph's High School - Warangal
    India

    July 2014

  • Thanks for the newsletter.  It was very interesting to read the content and get to know you through the newsletter.  Continue to think of us once in a while or always if time permits.  Wish all the best and we are also part of OE.  Loving greetings from all the students of Notre Dame.

    Sister Mary Shaija - Principal
    Notre Dame Primary School - Arusha
    Tanzania

    June 2014

  • I'm Sithara here from Southlands College, Galle, Sri Lanka and I really appreciate your good work all around the world, enhancing the knowledge of school children.  Please be kind enough to make our school link with a sister school in order to make our work so live and beneficial.

    Sithara Manawadu - OE Coordinator
    Southlands College - Galle
    Sri Lanka

    June 2014

  • Let me start by thanking you for all you are doing to promote our education in all of the country and wild wide may GOD bless you people.

    I am the head teacher of Buhembe English Medium Primary school and Steven Secondary School which is found in Kagera Region Bukoba District place known as Buhembe.

    My School is having 275 pupils in primary and 100 students in secondary.

    Mr. Zaharani Issa - Head Teachers
    Buhembe English Medium - Bukoba
    Tanzania

    June 2014

  • The parents, teachers and the kids are sending their deepest gratitude and blessings to Opportunity Education donor.  The lunch scheme provided by the Christmas gift for the Catholic school in Binju has successfully ran for 5 months.  Children had one hot meal a day from January to May 2014.

    It is clearly established that the feeding scheme has impacted the primary school as follows:

    • * Academic participation and performance in classroom work and assignments has greatly improved.  This is clearly shown in test scores and examinations.
    • * School attendance since January, punctuality and classroom attendance has been steadily regular.
    • * Healthy bodies and minds, children were healthier this year.
    • * Sports:  Children perform better in sports and physical exercises this year.
    • * Hygiene and sanitation:  Great improvement in personal hygiene and sanitation.
    • * Discipline:  Children were more attentive to instructions and responded promptly to assignments.
    • * Fee collection:  More parents were able to struggle and pay the tuition fees of their children in time.
    • * School farm:  The school has been able to cultivate a little portion of land and have planted corn in view of supporting the scheme next year.
    Marious Berinyuy - Secretary of Education
    Kumbo Diocese
    Cameroon

    June 2014

  • OE educational resources are very good for the education of the Cameroon child.  Teachers are being taught to use the competency-based Approach in teaching.  This approach necessitate the use of concrete teaching aids and books.  Students are expected to hear, see and manipulate on objects in order to generate knowledge.  Opportunity Education schools are lucky to have this program which respond to the needs of the time.

    Marious Berinyuy - Secretary of Education
    Kumbo Diocese
    Cameroon

    June 2014

  • We the pupils of Saint Joseph thank you for sending us Opportunity Education. This has helped to facilitate the teaching and learning process in our school and the community as a whole. This is because some pupils from other schools come here on Saturdays from 8:00am to 12:00 noon to attend the programme.

    It has increased our learning skills for example reading and writing, with this it has helped us to compete with other schools at the divisional level and we are at the top. It has also increased the enrollment of the school. We thank you for all that you have done and we plead for additional materials.

    Etta Glory Mbi - Head Teacher
    Saint Joseph's Nursry and Primary School - Mamfe
    Cameroon

    June 2014

  • I sincerely thank you for all that you do to give a qualitative education for less privileged children all over the world especially in India.  Mr. John, who is in charge of South India for OE program, visited the school where I work and was happy to introduce this program for the coming academic year of 2014-2015.  I sincerely thank you and appreciate for all that you do.  With love and prayers.

    Rev. R. Inna Reddy - Principal
    Warangal
    India

    May 2014

  • Many greetings from Bukene primary school.  I was very happy to attend the seminar organized by OE in Tabora.  Thank you very much for providing us with the materials.  I am indeed impressed by the effort that has gone behind these initiatives.  Kindly convey our heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Joe, the founder.  We will strive to materialize the vision and mission of Opportunity Education.

    Jomat Mathew Kollappallil - Teacher
    SFS English Medium Primary School - Bukene
    Tanzania

    May 2014

  • The video on Uganda was amazing The Uganda Education Experience I wish I could have been on this trip.  I am definitely going share this with many of the schools both primary and high schools, I'm so inspired.  I hope this video will inspire our teachers and learners even more.  Thank you Opportunity Education, for sharing this amazing footage.

    Nuri Arieff - OE Facilitator
    Western Cape, Cape Town
    South Africa

    May 2014

  • Hullo my name is Radhia. I work at Minaka Kindergarten and Primary School. We really appreciate everything. Thanks a lot.

    Radhia Nabukla - Teacher
    Minaka Kindergarten and Primary School - Kampala
    Uganda

    May 2014

  • Greetings from Care School in Kahama, Tanzania.  I'm so grateful to thank you very much for your charitable deeds and support at Care School. Actually on behalf of The School Operations Management (SOM) our appreciation is our future predetermined.  We are appreciate you so much for your good help towards understanding and helping children around the world.

    John Weber - Director General
    Care School - Kahama
    Tanzania

    March 2014

  • I am writing this email to thank you very much for your email with the attachment of Opportunity Education Target School Newsletter March 2014.  It was very nice to learn from what others do. Thank you also for taking time to work with this very beneficial and important issue of Education.  Your help means allot than you think.  We really benefit very much from the school materials you provide to us.  It is also very nice to exchange experiences from different schools in Tanzania, Africa as well as United States of America.  We are very thankful for what you are doing to us and may God bless and protect you all.

    Sister Beatrice Kapinga - Headmistress
    St. Dominic Savio School - Iringa
    Tanzania

    March 2014

  • Before the opportunity education program started in Mugu district, the condition of the schools was very poor.  The teachers never used teaching materials, there was a lack of proper training and no workshop to increase the skills of the teacher ever took place.  In general there was a negative attitude towards teaching, there was no team spirit among the teachers and the school office wasn't managed well.  The learning achievement of students was very low, the classrooms looked appalling and the personal hygiene and sanitation of the students was very poor.  On top of that the students and the teachers didn't come to school regularly either and the community didn't care about the school.

    To address these problems, United Missions to Nepal (UMN) conducted an orientation about Opportunity Education materials and its use.  Teachers, SMC chairperson and PTA chairperson all joined.  A common understanding was developed to improve the child friendly teaching learning activities in the school.  UMN also requested the school to select a school focal teacher at each partnering school, which the schools did.  Then each school made an action plan together with their community.  Slowly but surely the schools developed.  For the last year UMN and the OE schools have been conducting mobile monthly sharing meetings with each schools' focal teachers each taking turns to host the meeting at their school.  During those meetings, they observe a class in session, if something is observed which doesn't look good, they talk about it and quite often a model class is prepared and feedback given.  Some local teachers observe the schools managerial and administrative parts and give suggestions.  Then UMN provides orientation on how to mentor and support the teachers in the school, how to develop a good team of teachers in a school.

    Astrid Smith - Education Advisor
    United Missions to Nepal
    Nepal

    March 2014

  • We are grateful to you for all the support that you render for the betterment of education.  We are recipients of your generosity.  Many students are benefitting because of your program.  It is very useful.

    We pray that may God bless you with His choicest blessings for all that you do for the cause of education as education is the key to successful life.

    Sr. Mary Paul - Head Teacher
    Carmel School - Morogoro
    Tanzania

    March 2014

  • Thanks for the gesture of supporting many children all over the world.  The program has actually many children realize their dreams.

    The materials have helped the teachers prepare well and get an opportunity to expand their knowledge.  The materials for Grade 4 will help not only the teachers but the children as well.  We are so grateful.

    Jason Nyang'wara - Head Teacher
    Southern Highlands School - Mafinga
    Tanzania

    March 2014

  • The DVD collection and the other support materials such as the readers, charts and stationery has greatly enhanced my teaching and learning experiences for the kids.  The reading series is just marvelous to develop and reinforce listing skills.  The movies with subtitles do wonder to improve reading.  Thanks a million for your valuable and continued support.

    S.Y. Michaels - Educator
    Stephen Road Primary School - Cape Town
    South Africa

    March 2014

  • On behalf of Uhuru Peak School staff, I'd like to express gratitude towards you on the books and other education materials you send to us.  Our students and teaching staff are now enriched with knowledge coming from your effort.  We really appreciate it!  I hope cordial communication between us will be a tool for success.

    Gilbert Sarungi - Head Master
    Uhuru Peak School - Arusha
    Tanzania

    March 2014

  • Thank you so much for New Year greetings and the great support we have been receiving from your organization.  We LOAMO School in Arusha Tanzania, we appreciate for your moral support on the teaching materials that we have received and we really using them accordingly.  Once we receive the new teaching guides we will keep in touch with you for the changes made in case the need arise.  Thank you so much and stay blessed.

    Loserian Emmanuel Laizer - Owner
    Loamo School - Arusha
    Tanzania

    March 2014

  • I would like to send warm greetings to you hoping that you are dealing well with daily activities.  I acknowledge the receipt of attachments for G4 Cause Effect Teacher Instructions.

    The Materials are so educative and sensitive to both teachers and students.   We really appreciate the instructions given from the lessons that will simpliers our teaching and learning respectively.

    I strongly humble for more such good materials and I plea this kind of instructions should be continue.

    Thank you very much.

    Yours Sincerely,

    Veronica M Kassidy - School Coordinator
    Oysterbay Primary School - Dar es Salaam
    Tanzania

    March 2014

  • The feeding scheme is going on well. The whole of Nkambe area is talking about since the celebration of the National Youth day on 11 February.  The kitchen staff marched indicating the existence of the program in Binju school.  It shows the importance given to an initiative like this.

    Marius Berinyuy - Coordinator
    Gomana Akwamu D/A Primary School - Kumbo Diocese
    Cameroon

    March 2014

  • On behalf of the students, all teacher, PTA and SMC members of Gomoa Akwamu D/A Primary School, I will like to extend our profound gratitude to you, Ms. Alayne Faraone for your great support to the school.

    We are glad that we could purchase sports jerseys for the sports team and TLM's for the school and we believe that every success of the sports team as they proudly wear the jerseys on any sports competition and the excellence of the students as a result of the TLM's will be your contribution, Ms. Faraone.

    May God continue to bless you and increase the work of your hands!

    Gomana Akwamu D/A Primary - School
    Kassa
    Ghana

    March 2014

  • I would like to inform you that through OE Program it has help our Testimony School to take the 1st position in Mwanga District among 113 schools in 2013 National results.  Thank you for your efforts to educate our boys and girls.

    Regards

    Juvin - Headmaster
    Testimony School - Mwanga
    Tanzania

    March 2014

  • I am glad that St. Xavier's School, Moirang, Manipur is in the OE program.  Thank you for making us part of your ambitious program.  Thanks also for sending valuable education materials.  I am very grateful to you for your kind gesture.  Will look forward to your continued help in making the teaching-learning process enjoyable, fruitful and educative.  Thank you once again.

    With Love and Prayers.

    Rev. Fr. Lancyv D'Costa SJ - Principal
    St. Xavier's School - Manipur
    India

    March 2014

  • We finished our primary examination today 2/2/2014.  The results are that all children have performed well.  English was the best done.  We thank opportunity education for helping teachers get methods of teaching English.

    Margaret Kijjambu - Headmistress
    Uganda Martyrs Primary School - Kinyanya - Kampala
    Uganda

    February 2014

  • I write to say a big thank you for including my community in your program.  Thank you for giving this opportunity to our children and to include us in your academic program.  We pray that this program should continue to greater heights.  The other two schools in my community cannot competed with this school due to OE.  I will not end this letter without saying a big thank you to Sister Rose Mary, also thank all your staff as you guys are doing a good job over there, thanks a million fold.

    Awo Greggory Ashu -
    St. Martin of Tours Catholic Primary School - Kembong
    Cameroon

    February 2014

  • Opportunity Education is a supplement curriculum that is more than the basic, "it will see the millions of children stuck in poverty liberate from it for education is the best liberator for the worst dictator poverty!!"  Keep on your efforts of brightening the dark and gloomy future of these millions of children in desperation seats.

    Difan Maoncha Junior - Tanzania
    Tanzania

    January 2014

  • OE has actually helped us simplify the teaching of our pupils and students.  Not only the pupils and students but the teachers too remain very grateful to you for this has also come to ease their work as it reduces the stress and headache often accompanied by repetition and shouting in the class.  It will interest you to note that when the community learn of so great a gift, many parents decided to send their children to our school.

    Mrs. Mariana Tanyi - Head Teacher
    St. Therese Catholic School - Mamfe
    Cameroon

    November 2013

  • Since the inception of this school I no such dream has ever occurred to us.  This kind of new education program will definitely enhance and advance our children in learning process and they will grow more in wisdom especially considering the modern times in which we are living.

    Shuyum Felix - PTA Chairperson
    Catholic Diocese of Schools - Kumbo
    Cameroon

    November 2013

  • First and foremost, the enrollment of the school has increased due to OE.  Pupils in our school learn using modern technology where they hear and see what they learn.  This has led to improvement in language skills.  They are seeing a television for the first time.  Like Oliver Twist, we shall continue to ask for more.

    Tatah Kiven Enguene - SJ - Principal
    Catholic Nursery and Primary School - Ngondzen
    Cameroon

    November 2013

  • The curriculum has matched appropriately with all the lesson in the school scheme.  In this light, I would like to cite the case of sounds DVD that has progressively resolved our crucial problems in reading.  Opening our last consignment, the first thing that captivated us was the solar system which is the core of Geography lessons.

    Mrs. Banlay Carine - Head Teacher
    St. Raphael's Catholic Nursery and Primary School - Jakiri
    Cameroon

    November 2013

  • I am happy to inform you that we now have a beautifully furnished library that was put in place by Sr. Rosemary Arrah (Omaha, NE & shipped by OE).  Together with OE, we can now boast of wonderful environment for studies.  The children have begun using the library too and they are taught how to research, how to read and how to summarize what has been read.  I am so happy and thankful to you and Sister Rosemary.  We also hope to open the library to children for at least an hour or two on Saturdays.

    Father Cornelius - Education Secretary
    Mamfe Diocese
    Cameroon

    September 2013

  • Parents are using OE program on Saturdays.  All classes are benefitting from the program and even children from classes 3 to 6 from two other schools using the program on Friday.  This is very encouraging and hopefully this performance can be replicated in the other schools.

    Mr. John Yeeika - Educator
    Catholic School Binju - Nkambe
    Cameroon

    September 2013

  • I cherish you so much and I look forward to see you live in Ghana (Professional Development Seminar June 2013).  Your program is the best I have ever seen in my educational journey.

    Appiah Kubi Emmanuel - Teacher
    Antoa United Primary School - Ashanti Region
    Ghana

    June 2013

  • Thank you very much for sending the Grade 4 materials.  Your service is great and noble. 
    Actually, you are great sir.....Thanks a lot.

    Srima Wijesinghe - Teacher
    Sanghamitta College - Galle
    Sri Lanka

    May 2013

  • I wanted to let you know that the letters arrived in Swampscott, MA.  The students were thrilled.  We were especially happy about the timing because we will be video conferencing with the South African school again this year for the fifth time!  The U.S. Consulate & Salem State University help us to accomplish this.  It is a very exciting day. Opportunity Education's help in keeping this letter writing going is so important and I want to extend a huge thank you from Swampscott.  Have a great day!

    Judy Mckenzie - Sister School Coordinator
    Swampscott Middle School - Swampscott, Massachusetts
    United States

    May 2013

  • Dear Mr. Joe Ricketts: The Community of Ilboru Secondary School based in Arusha -Tanzania - East Africa, would like to send to you a great appreciation and many thanks for the great support that you have given to our school.

    Students, teachers and the school Management consider themselves as the most prearranged people with the great respect you have given them, something which is not common to many aspect in this world!  We thank you so much for selecting our school to be among the pioneer school in this programme.

    We would like also to congratulate and show our sincere appreciation on the way orientation of using the equipment was presented and arranged by Mbaki Mutahaba and Sandra Tetty.  It was so lovely and well understood to everyone who attended the Orientation for Secondary Schools session.

    To our school is a great opportunity, thus, we promise to take care of all equipment and make maximum utilization of them in order to reach the dream reality.  On the other hand we would like to present the way materials were well arranged and well prepared in a modern advanced way.  Hence, the materials will be useful to our school as it has simplified the teaching of all subjects.

    We wish you all the best so that you make sure you reach to the great success of what you have planned in your wonderful programme.  LONG LIVE Mr. Joe Ricketts and your supporting management.

    Finally, the school management of Ilboru Secondary School would like to invite you and your team to visit our school at any time you wish to do so, since Ilboru is your home as to us Opportunity Education is our choice.  You're warmly welcome at Ilboru secondary school. Karibu sana!

    KingGreetings

    SaysSHULLA,J.J - The Headmaster
    Ilboru Secondary School
    Tanzania

    May 2013

  • Dear Shari:  This morning I found letters from your school on my desk. I will send them today to Kapilvastu.  Thank you so much for writing to the children in Nepal.  At the moment it is very hot in the south of Nepal.  Your sister school is located in a village and has a very nice atmosphere over it.  To get to the village you have to drive or walk through a river.  At the moment a bridge over the river is being built.  Access to the village in the dry season was OK since the river isn't very deep then.  When the monsoon comes, it is a different story altogether.  The river swells and reaching the village becomes impossible.

    Astrid Smith - Education Advisor
    United Mission to Nepal
    Nepal

    May 2013

  • I just want to congratulate for the service you decided to establish here in Tanzania!  Previously I saw it as useless but as days goes I found that I was wrong due its positive influence!  And da people that are receiving your aids are so anxious in such a way that they are not believing if those accessories are provided free of charge!  I am among of the teacher in one of secondary school here in Tanzania and I also attended secondary orientation yesterday (April 27, 2013) on which we realized the benefit from it!  We have nothing to pay back as the facilitator being telling us the only thing we can give back is our thankful hand is just to apply it in our daily lesson presentation just for awakening the sense of learning among our students!  I promise I am gonna be an example on application of these materials positively as also giving back feedback how far will be goes on!  By this few appreciation may I thank you again keep it up with such helpful heart and our LORD GOD will pay u back eternal reward.

    Adili Mwasomola - Secondary Teacher
    Tanzania

    May 2013

  • The OPPORTUNITY EDUCATION (OE) Secondary Schools Program is a great initiative to support teaching and learning in poorly resourced countries.

    The program has come very timely to Tanzania, when we are witnessing appalling students' performance in the secondary National Examinations.  The highest record failure rate in 2012 was 64%.  The biggest challenge Tanzania is facing is inadequate resources, in terms of teachers and teaching/learning material.

    OE has done a good job in blending the curricula of different countries and come up with such a programme.  There is no doubt that the Program will enhance the quality of teaching and learning and as a result students' performance will improve.

    Philomeno Temu - Ministry of Education (retired)
    Tanzania

    May 2013

  • South African schools have systemic examinations in Grade 3 and Grade 6.  Based on the 2012 results, Douglas Road Primary School won awards for Significant Improvement in Numeracy in Grade 3 and for Numeracy and Literacy in Grade 6.  The measurement is the percentage of students who pass. Grade 3 percentage went from 82% to 95% in Numeracy.  In Literacy it increased 76.5% to 80.4%.  Grade 6 Numeracy increased from 69% to 86% and Literacy from 58% to 89%.  The school won prizes totaling Rand 23,000 (about $2,500) for these awards.

    The OE program contributed greatly to this success.  We are VERY pleased with the program.

    Rawaida Appleby - Principal
    Douglas Road Primary School
    South Africa

    April 2013

  • Thank you immensely for opening up to me and my institution, Standard English School.  I hope as teachers we can together give the children in our hands a good education.  While looking forward to full cooperation with you come September 2013, I'd like to let you know that my children, teachers and parents are so excited.  They are so eager and interested in the Pen-pal programme for this will help improve writing skills.

    Joseph Yung - Principal
    Standard English School
    Cameroon

    April 2013

  • We are pleased to announce winning a prize of Rand 20,000 (over $2,200) to honor excellent results and improvements in the Grade 6 systematic tests in the 2012 Western Cape Education Department annual language and math competition. The resources provided by OE were a great help and made a significant contribution to the school's performance.

    Charles Jansen - Principal
    Thomas Wildschutt Senior Primary School Retreat
    South Africa

    April 2013

  • Enrollment has increased in our school this year due to the introduction of OE program.  Children were very active and lively as they enjoy the OE material.  The teachers are able to match OE lessons with regular lessons.

    Fr. Manahoar - Superintendent & Sr. Nirmala - Teacher
    St. Xavier's English Medium School - Muddanur
    India

    April 2013

  • The students and teachers at Maxey are very excited about our Sister Schools Upendo and Nuru in Tanzania.   We have written and sent our letters after I brought back the letters from our new friends.  I also shared a presentation about Tanzania and our schools.  It was so cool-when the children at Nuru waved to us on my video, our kids waved back! Priceless!  I am retiring this year from 37 years of teaching.  I am excited for my new adventures, but sad to leave the children and staff I love.  I will continue to work on our Sister School project and I hope to become more involved in Opportunity Education.  Thank you for giving this wonderful opportunity to me, my husband and Maxey School. Easter Blessings!

    Judy Sorensen - Kindergarten Teacher and Team Leader
    Maxey Elementary School - Lincoln, Nebraska
    United States

    April 2013

  • We acknowledge the great support we get from the foundation aimed at improving the teaching/learning process.  The professional development seminar held in Kampala was very good. Presenters really inspired and reenergized me.

    I wish the seminar was to be extended beyond 3 days.  However, in future when such a seminar is held, our education officers should be invited to attend throughout.

    The school community appreciates the partnership with the foundation which is helping us to improve service delivery.

    We have been unfortunate with the sister school program because it has not taken off. We write to them but they do not answer back.

    We look forward to continued cooperation and support from the foundation this year.

    Erima Jackson - Head Teacher
    Mutundwe Church of Uganda Primary School - Kampala
    Uganda

    March 2013

  • We had a wonderful time in Tanzania and our visits to Upendo and Nuru Schools were highlights of our trip.  It felt so great being with the teachers and students at these schools, really natural to me.  It is refreshing and encouraging to see how eager and excited the children are to learn.  They are so happy to be in school and LOVE their teachers, even me!  Maxey Elementary is very excited to be Sister School to Upendo and Nuru and we have already exchanged letters.  Thank you for helping these children learn and grow through Opportunity Education.

    Judy Sorensen - Kindergarten Teacher and Team Leader
    Maxey Elementary School - Lincoln, Nebraska
    United States

    February 2013

  • We thank you wholeheartedly for the wonderful gifts given to us.  It was so kind of you to give us such valuable kits.  It was just what we needed but never expected.  You always know the perfect time to do.  We are touched by your generosity, kind hearted and willingness to give out your way to help us.  Thank you again and again for being thoughtful.

    Ben Atta Nyarko Himbson - Manager
    Asenua District Assembly Primary School - Mamponteng
    Ghana

    February 2013

  • Alan,

    I was delighted to hear from you, though naturally saddened to know you will be spending less personal time here in India.  Nonetheless, I believe you have accomplished something remarkable taking things from nothing to significant development over the past decade.  It has been our good fortune to be able to play a very small role in helping to realize this vision.  What you have accomplished is remarkable.  You have done a wonderful job in grooming Rethish and I can see that you are leaving your work here in capable hands as you continue to expand the reach of Opportunity Education.  Martin Malley visited Jiva the other day, though I was not here. He met with Rishi who said very nice things about him.  I'll look forward to meeting him soon and to do my best to support your efforts here in whatever way possible.

    Your friendship and association has meant a lot to us, and you should know that you will always be a Jiva Family member.  You are welcome here to be and stay with us at a moment's notice!

    All best wishes as you take things forward.  You made a bold decision to take up this position years ago, and I can say that the world is a better place because of it.

    Steve Rudolph - Director
    Jiva Public School - Faridabad
    India

    February 2013

  • Our last national systemic examinations our grade three achieved 91.9% for Mathematics and 80.6% for Languages and I`m sure that your material has played a role in us achieving these good marks.

    Battswood Primary is a school that has a high percentage of non-English speakers, not just from predominantly Xhosa-speaking areas of South Africa, but refugees from other African countries. The English result is amazing.

    Gavin Thomas - Head Teacher
    Battswood Primary School - Ottery
    South Africa

    February 2013

  • To the founder - Mr. Joe Rickets

    I, YEEIKA JOHN TAN-GHAI, being the Opportunity Education teacher of C.S Binju most respectfully wish to thank the Founder, Executive Director and all the members of the Opportunity Education for the materials sent to my school.  The arrival of these materials changed the teaching and learning methods, and at the same time caused learning interests to our learners.  This also made me to have more interest in my work.

    Accept my kind regards.

    Yeeika John Tan-Ghai - Educator
    Catholic School Binju
    Cameroon

    February 2013

  • Opportunity Education curriculum is systematically designed to approach new students who begin to learn English language.  Lessons are really successful.  The students prefer to involve in doing activities in these DVD lessons and they like to use learning aids provided by OE.  In addition, the students are exposed to the outer world since the lessons are consistent with untouched areas for the Sri Lankan students.

    Mr. K. A. Susil Premanath - Teacher
    Christ Church Boys' College - Baddegama, Galle
    Sri Lanka

    February 2013

  • I hope you are fine and doing splendid.  This is to appreciate your earlier visit to Uganda with Maryann Bennett and others.  Out of this visit, Maryann and her son identified a need for a water source for a Muslim founded school in our Catholic Diocese.  A few days ago she communicated to me that her third grade class had so far raised 500 US dollars towards this cause.  I am favorably impressed by this act of universal solidarity.  May the Almighty God continue to bless their endeavors.  May He also bless your work.

    Father Joseph Kizito Tibakula - Diocesan Education Secretary
    Jinja Dioces
    Uganda

    February 2013

  • I pray all is well with you.

    Just letting you know that the students wrote individual letters to the school in Uganda.  Those were mailed yesterday. Because I teach Science and Social Studies to three rotating groups of fourth graders, I assigned one school per group.  So, every week they ask if it's time to write.  I told them we should wait until we hear back from the schools so that we don't overwhelm them with our correspondence.  If you suggest otherwise please feel free to let me know.

    Again, thanks for all you do and I thank God that you and your organization came into our lives.  This is by far the best thing that has happened in my life as a teacher; aside from helping our children learn, of course. :)

    Enjoy your day.

    Ms. Shirley Mamou - 4th Grade
    Cottonport Elementary - Cottonport, Louisiana
    United States

    February 2013

  • Again happy to inform you the results of the Tanzania Primary Seven National Exam 2012:

    For the second straight year our school placed 1st out of 968 in the Region and 6th in the country out of 15,059 schools.

    I want to inform you that Opportunity Education program support is giving us this big advantage to improve the standard of education at our school, Region, and country at large.  On behalf of me and my family, and our School Board, we are very appreciative to all at Opportunity Education.  Thank you very much.

    GOD BLESS YOU ALL

    Seif R Mkude - Teacher
    Karume Day and Bording English - BukobaMedium
    Tanzania

    January 2013

  • Mr. Materu, headmaster of Masama Kati English Medium School in Moshi Tanzania, told me that the book shipment is now in his good hands.  He is making the books available both to the school children and his community, and he expects all the books will be used for many years to come.  I hope to visit Masama at some point, and perhaps teach there.

    I wanted to personally thank your Team -- for your financial generosity and your hours of labor, without which this never would have been possible.  You brought another tremendous blessing to these people -- as you do with every shipment.

    Jean McBride - Teacher
    Phoenix Academy - Elkhorn, Nebraska
    United States

    December 2012

  • I'm writing to send our warmest wishes from SFS Primary School Tabora in Tanzania.  I'm in charge of running the program here and I also run the library.  The material you provide us with has enabled me to transform the library from a dull room with bare walls into an oasis of joy, excitement and inspiration for the children.  They love coming here and do whenever they have got a chance.  We use the TV and DVD player beyond the OE lessons and have had fantastic music lessons with the kids singing from the heart with big smiles and their faces.  They visit me daily...

    Ute Heiscle - Teacher
    SFS English Medium Primary School - Bukene
    Tanzania

    December 2012

  • Greetings from Uganda.  I was so happy to see you once again in Uganda.  Thanks for the good will you have for the people of Africa particularly Uganda!  The teachers who attended your workshop from my school were very good and passed on what they learnt to the rest of the teachers.  We are now well equipped with the modern methods of whole Brain-Teaching.  Thanks a lot for this innovation in the teaching profession.  Best regards.

    Sr. Assumpta Babirye - Headmistress
    Namagunga Primary Boarding School - Lugazi
    Uganda

    December 2012

  • Greetings from Nsambwe C/U Primary School.  We are grateful for the Opportunity Education programme in our school.  Teachers, parents and pupils are happy for the programme due to its unique instructional materials which are not in our Ugandan schools.  Achievements so far reached due to Opportunity Education 1.  Improved literacy and numeracy skills 2.  Eased the teachers work making learning aids 3.  Improved enrolment from 420 to 750 currently 4.  Interesting lessons on DVDs and television 5.  Wonderful seminar at Gaba in July 2012 6.  School photo album on the website I beg to forward my appreciation to Opportunity Education.

    Sam Okolimong - Teacher
    Nsaambe C/U Primary School - Nsaambe
    Uganda

    September 2012

  • I wish to express my sincere appreciation for the educational materials sent to us.  They have very much assisted in the teaching of these infants.  Pupils interests have been stimulated resulting in less absenteeism.  Teachers are also challenged to improve on their teaching methods/skills and strategies.  We are so grateful.

    Sr. Babirye Max - Headmistress
    St. John Bosco Katende Primary School
    Uganda

    August 2012

  • The Opportunity Education program has not only eased the teaching learning process in class but has boosted the learners, leading to serious competition in all fields of curriculum.  We send our sincere and many thanks to your organization.

    Okurut Zachary Ogwant - Head Teacher
    St. Kizito Nursery and Primary School Bwaise - Kampala
    Uganda

    August 2012

  • I would like to thank you for the assistance you have accorded to our schools.  Your interest in making our children improve on literacy and number skills is simplifying our work so much.  It is a good program.

    Tamale Charles - Head Teacher
    Kibuye Primary School - Kampala
    Uganda

    August 2012

  • We wish to register our deep appreciation to you for the generous contribution you have made towards our school.  We greatly appreciate the gesture of love and sympathy you have shown. May God bless your efforts.

    Sr. M. Florence.N. - Headmistress
    St. Alphonsus Dem School - Nkokonjeru
    Uganda

    August 2012