Edify aims to improve and expand sustainable low-cost Christian education in the developing world. It does so by increasing access to capital for affordable independent schools serving poor communities, providing loans so that they can expand their capacity and provide services to a wider range of students. Loans usually range from $5,000-$10,000, and are typically used for enhancing infrastructure or increasing ICT capacity. Classroom construction is a common investment of schools that receive Edify loans, as it allows for increased capacity for additional students. Schools assisted are typically in low-income communities, and though they charge a fee for students to attend ($5-$20 per month), they frequently provide scholarships to students who cannot afford it.
Loans are sourced and managed by local lending partners (banks) and distributed to schools that integrate the Christian faith into their classrooms, and are generally led by individual entrepreneurs. In addition to its financial support, Edify offers technical assistance in curriculum development and teacher training, providing resources and materials according to schools’ unique needs. Often this work focuses on developing a curriculum that revolves around a Christian foundation, however it also includes innovative teaching methods and technology. In the Dominican Republic, Ghana, and Rwanda, Edify has partnered with a range of organizations to improve academic outcomes with the use of technology. Technology partners include: Open Learning Exchange, Innovations for Learning and its TeacherMate Software (an interactive phonics and literacy application for mobile devices), and Stanford University's SMILE project (an inquiry based learning tool delivered on mobile devices and computer labs). Additionally, another key piece of the Edify model involves training for school proprietors and teachers to increase their capacities as school and classroom leaders. School proprietors are trained on basic business and financial literacy skills as well as organizational leadership, while teachers receive instruction on how to best reach their students and how to integrate Christian principles into their lesson plans.
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CEI approaches in actionFinancingSchool loansSchool supportEthics & Values/ReligionLiteracyEnglish languageOther
Model details2010Not-for-profitComprehensive curriculumEthics & Values/ReligionLiteracyEnglish languageOtherTraining on Christian character formation ActiveLong-term projectHousehold fundsASPIREEsperanzaSinapi Aba TrustUrwego Opportunity Bank of RwandaAprendiOpen Learning ExchangeTechAideKenya Commercial BankUniversity of San DiegoInnovations for LearningChild Evangelism FellowshipCompassion InternationalOpen Learning ExchangeCornerstone Leadership AcademyBridge2Rwanda244,747
Edify typically gives loans to schools in poor neighborhoods, charging fees of no more han $20 per month. All schools must offer scholarships and payment plans for students that are behind on their payments.
Scale2,5982598 teachers trained.1,0371037 schools are receiving loans or training
506 entrepreneurs trained.
Since the Edify's launch in the Dominican Republic and shortly thereafter in Ghana, it has also expanded to Rwanda. From its first year of activity in 2010, Edify has nearly tripled the amount of loans and services it provides to affordable private Christian schools. Starting with about $900,000 in loans and 81 schools in 2010, the program has grown to provide $2,842,953 in loans to 504 schools in 2012. Edify has also grown its non-financial school support services significantly, including school leader training, which reached 321 entrepreneurs in 2012 compared to 242 in 2011 and 2 in 2010.
Looking to the future, Edify hopes to expand further, both within and beyond their current countries of focus. New country partnerships are currently under development.
Monitoring & EvaluationYes
Edify issues annual reports summarizing their scale and impact. They have also begun following metrics which measure the impact and efficiency of their loans (including measures of increased school capacity and loan repayments) as well as the quality of teaching and student performance within beneficiary schools.Standardized assessment performanceInternal assessment performanceCost effectiveness/value for moneyNo