AVPN Global Conference 2023 | 20 - 22 June 2023


Financing of Low-Cost Non-State Education

By Opportunity EduFinance


Online and United Kingdom

Date & time

25 March 2021



25 March 2021


About this event

Even before the pandemic, we knew approximately 258 million children were out of school – which is one in five school-age children globally. And yet, low- and middle-income countries comprise the top 15 countries in the world that spend the most on education as a proportion of their budget. It is clear we need alternative solutions, including non-state actors, to help close the gap in education access.

Today, the non-state education market share is over 25% of the total education market. Increased demand for affordable non-state schools means there will be an additional 66 million new seats for children required by 2025 in low- and middle-income countries.

  • How can we unlock the full potential of affordable non-state schools to add more seats?
  • How can the intersection of financial inclusion and education accelerate needed capital investments?
  • What motivates current private sector actors already investing in education?

Our international panel of experts will share experiences from the local lender, impact investor, and institutional donor perspectives on their motivations for investing in the education sector. Join the Financial Inclusion Forum & Opportunity EduFinance, along with moderator James Tooley, for a comprehensive 90-minute session on 25 March at 2:30 pm GMT, featuring a brief overview of key findings from Opportunity EduFinance’s report on The State of the Affordable Non-State School Sector, followed by a discussion with our panel of experts.

Register for the session today!


  • Introduction and Overview: Rod Dubitsky, Executive Director, Financial Inclusion Forum UK
  • Moderator: James Tooley, Chancellor, University of Buckingham
  • Presenter: Scott Sheridan, Director of Operations, Opportunity EduFinance, and Lead Author of the Non-State School Sector Report


  • Njeri Kirumbi, Deputy Regional Director Africa, Regional Education Finance Fund for Africa, Blue Orchard Finance
  • Andrina Schwartz, Head of the Financial Inclusion Initiative, Credit Suisse
  • John Robert Okware, Chief Relationship Officer, Opportunity Bank Uganda
  • Bunmi Lawson, CEO & Managing Director, EdFin Microfinance Bank, Nigeria

Follow this link to register for the webinar today!

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