Our International Work

Since 2005, Opportunity Education has been supporting schools and creating life-changing opportunities for students and educators around the world. From the humble beginnings of a $1,400 donation to help complete a school building near Mt. Kilimanjaro, the organization quickly grew to support over 1 million primary school students worldwide.

Now, Opportunity Education is revitalizing learning and teaching in secondary schools in Tanzania with Quest Forward Learning.

Secondary Education
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Opportunity Education Tanzania

With Quest Forward Learning, Opportunity Education offers the first-ever digital course content for all of the nine secondary subjects of the Tanzania national syllabus, approved by the Tanzania Institute of Education.

Quest Forward Learning is an innovative method of learning teaching that energizes and transforms secondary school classrooms with active learning, skill development, and formative feedback. Opportunity Education Tanzania helps schools implement Quest Forward Learning, with relevant academic content, an innovative elearning platform, professional development for teachers, tools for school leaders, and much more.


Primary Education

Opportunity Education has invested more than $50 million in primary education.

For young people worldwide to achieve a sustainable, successful life, they need a high-quality primary education. Through our Primary Schools Program, 1,500 primary schools in 11 countries received high-quality materials, including DVD-based materials for teachers and students, classroom supplies, and more.

The result: over 1 million primary school students worldwide received the learning materials and support they needed to develop essential literacy and numeracy skills.

A child sits at a classroom desk with math learning materials in front of her.

Primary Program

With our Primary Schools Program, we provided key missing ingredients to over 1,500 schools: high-quality classroom supplies and DVD-based learning materials for all primary grades across a wide range of subjects.

We also developed and distributed teacher training and support materials, and organized local and regional collaboration between schools to improve primary education at scale.


A student writes a pen-pal letter to a Sister School student at her desk with a colorful pencil and lined paper.

Sister School Program

With our Sister Schools Program, we established pen-pal relationships between classes in supported primary schools in the developing world and ones in the United States, Canada, and beyond.

We believe that connecting students in this way opens minds, connects people globally, and advances understanding and opportunity worldwide.


A Vision for Learning

Opportunity Education founder, benefactor, and CEO Joe Ricketts discusses his vision for solving education’s deepest problems.