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Two Brothers, Two Awards, One Proven Organization

Joe Ricketts, founder, benefactor, and CEO of Opportunity Education along with Jim Ricketts, who serves as President of the organization, were recently honored by Louisiana College as the first time two brothers have been selected in... Read More

Joe Ricketts Receives Malaika Foundation’s 2013 Global Educator Award for Work in Africa

Joe Ricketts, the philanthropist and entrepreneur who founded the online brokerage TD Ameritrade, will receive the Malaika Foundation's 2013 Global Educator Award at a gala event co-hosted by the Malaika Foundation and the University... Read More

Web of Learning and Friendship

I grabbed the hands of several of the children in the schoolyard and led them out into the clearing to play a game. They smiled up at me both curious and timid. We made a circle, and then I took the first turn running around the... Read More

Teachers Learn the “Cowboy Way” at Professional Development in Ghana

Professors, teachers, and staff from the USA held teaching seminars at three locations in Ghana this week. Over 300 teachers and administrators from the surrounding areas of Swedru, Kamasi, and Suhum attended the seminars, which were... Read More

Laptops: Not Luxury Toys for Pupils

Laptops, as we know them, are a "luxury" in Tanzania. Education is not. Almost anything, from healthcare to food, can be addressed well through education. This is why an increasing number of non-governmental organizations are finding... Read More

After The Dream Phase

Over the years, I've observed that many ideas usually follow a progression that starts with what I call the "dream phase." During that time, I think about a new idea, talk about it with people I respect, and give it enough time and... Read More

Active Teaching and Learning in Schools Is making Positive Changes in Teachers, in Africa

Pheobe William from the rural primary school of Upendo English Medium Primary School in Magu, Tanzania, had little teaching preparation before agreeing to be one of the first teachers to participate in a new teacher training program... Read More

The Opportunity Tablet

I just got back from an exciting trip to India with my brother Jim and a group of technology and education experts. We were there to advance a dream I have of giving hundreds of thousands of poor kids throughout the Third World what I... Read More