ABOUT EDUPAY GHANA

We are a new NGO with a strong focus on sustainable development of the African continent through advocacy and effective partnerships with government agencies and non-governmental organizations and development partners.

OUR CORE VALUES

1. INTEGRITY, HONESTY & TRUST
Maintaining a high level moral soundness to enhance our reputation. This guiding principle is the lifeline of the work we do.
2. EFFECTIVE COOPERATION, COLLABORATION AND LOYALTY
Management utilizes collaboration in a way that promote open communication with our internal and external stakeholders (Financiers. LCPSs and Parents) as well as encourage employee participation.
3. LEADERSHIP
To continue to be forerunners and inspire in the carved industry by adopting performance based decisions and long-range thinking

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of MSA is to propel the sustainable development of Africa by: (a) Designing sustainable
socioeconomic models to support development and (b) Promoting the Sustainable Development
Goals through research based interventions.

EDUPAY’S INNOVATIVE SOLUTION

The Edupay model is a self-sustaining education financing model with three arms namely; pre-financing component, Flexible Payment System and the Infrastructure and Facilities development Component. This financial inclusion approach is totally innovative and new in the education sector and can actually be replicated in other sectors. The non-interest pre-financing alternative introduced by Edupay ensures that LCPSs receive cheaper access to bulk money for developing infrastructure for schools. Also LCPSs try to force defaulting parents to pay school fees by sacking pupils from schools to put pressure on parents to pay the fees. This approach is crude and counterproductive since it affects children both emotionally and academically. Edupay’s unique flexible payment scheme effectively deals with school fees payment default by allowing parents to pay in smaller predictable amounts. This model hence presents a guaranteed solution to the myriad of challenges in the developing countries educational systems in that it is a cheaper and sustainable options for parents & governments as well as improves schools development.

VISION STATEMENT

We envision a world with state of the art classrooms and learning facilities manned by quality instructors where the resulting quality education is affordable for all children regardless of income, gender and geography. A world where education supports all children to reach their potential no matter where they live and challenges they face.

THE IDENTIFIED PROBLEM

Africa’s population is less than 25 years. Effectively educating this huge population requires inter alia, huge numbers of quality teachers, sound infrastructure & facilities, modern materials and conducive academic environment. It is estimated by the Global Partnership for Education that low income countries require a huge amount of USD 26 billion annual external funding to achieve universal basic education. In these regions, due to the prevailing inadequacy of public resources to provide educational needs, private actors have established LCPSs to fill the access gap in formal classroom education. In Ghana, a town with a population of about 60, 000 has one public basic school, three missionary basic schools and twelve private basic schools. This means very few spaces for admitting pupils into relatively cheaper public schools, making the intervention of LCPSs indispensable.
LCPSs are financed by premiums paid by parents through a cash and carry model of tuition fees payment. However, majority of parents operate petty trading businesses earning lower than $4 a day and hence are willing but unable to pay the tuition fees in bulk as this squeezes their small business capital and often leads to their collapse. For this reason, LCPSs record very high school fees payment default rates by many poor but willing-to-pay parents. This poses significant challenges; huge shortfalls in LCPSs’ revenue targets leading to substandard classrooms and facilities, children are frequently sacked from schools to put pressure on parents to pay school fees. Recently, a 7 year old boy who was sacked from school due to non-payment of fees ended up in a motor accident which saw legs amputated.
For more: www.myjoyonline.com/news/2017/August-18th/7-year-old-accident-victim-requires-gh700-daily-for-medical-upkeep.php.
These totally affect pupils’ academic performances negatively.

THE COO EXPLAINS THE FLEXIBILITY OF THE NEW INNOVATIVE PAYMENT MODE TO PARENTS

OUR CHERISHED EDUPAY AWARD WINNERS FOR THE TERM

MADAM FLORENCE. 'EDUPAY HELPS ME TO KEEP MY WARDS AT SCHOOL WITH EASE'

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Pictures from the Ashocka/Nestle maiden Social Accelerator Boot Camp in South Africa

EduPAY-Flexible Education Payment Model for the Rural Poor

Watch this video about our project
‘Piloting a Sustainable Education Financing Scheme (EDUPAY) for the Poor in Rural Low Cost Private Schools (RLCPSs) In the PresteaHuni Valley District (PHD) of Ghana’

International Recognition

Our flagship international award winning model, EduPay has been selected to participate in the 2017-18
Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI®) Online program conducted by the US based Miller Center for social
Entrepreneurship and the Santa Clara University (SCU) . The mission of GSBI is “to Accelerate
entrepreneurship to end global poverty and protect the planet” Edupay was selected as one of the 21
finalists from over 350 applicants and 31 semifinalists to receive 6 months of program support,
mentorship, and access to a broad network of social entrepreneurs and impact investors. During the
program GSBI is expected to take Edupay through five schematic areas to prepare the model for scaling.
This will include fine tuning the Business Model, Impact Model, Growth path and Financial Model.
Funding Plan and Marketing materials shall be developed fully for sustainable growth of the Edupay
program. We at MSA  are proud that Edupay is part of the 13th cohort of the GSBI online accelerator
program. We are excited to be part of the program and very much thankful to Miller Center. We believe
and hope being part of the program shall endow Edupay with resources in order to reach out and assist
at least 50000 pupils and Parents. Kindly read more about GSBI and cohort members here;

https://www.scu-social-entrepreneurship.org/online-1/

20000 customers
2500 testimonials
50 projects in progress

Most current projects

Piloting a Sustainable Education Financing Scheme (EDUPAY) for the Poor in Rural Low Cost Private Schools (RLCPSs) In the PresteaHuni Valley District (PHD) of Ghana’: This is an economic sustainability model which is currently ongoing with five schools. Relatively poor Parents and guardians who paid fees via our sustainable payment model, (EDUPAY) actually confirmed that quality education within the Low cost private school framework can be made more affordableand less burdensome once the model continues.

PROGRAMS

Establishing a circular economy framework for the plastic sector in Ghana

The program uses
Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) as plastic recovery center. Members bring their plastic bottles and
sachet to be stored in a receptacle to be picked up by plastic recycling companies. Leaders of FBOs
educate and sensitize their members on how to live clean and manage waste.

Protein Fields Project

: The program pilots a replicable sustainable farming model where crop
farming residues are supplied to cattle farmers to curb resource conflicts and also as a climate
change adaptation strategy.

Monitoring Matters

Participating organization for Ghana’s component of the Monitoring Matters
project which sought to compare conventional scientific monitoring of natural resources to
monitoring by local communities sponsored by DANINDA and implemented through collaboration
between twelve (12) universities, research institutes and biodiversity management organization in ten
(10) countries including USA, UK, Ghana, Tanzania, Madagascar, Peru and Denmark).

Women in Cocoa Capacity Building Program

This program was designed to help empower
women in the cocoa sub sector in the Bibiani Ahwiaso Bekwai District of the Western Region of
Ghana. MSA trained over 500 women including community leaders and 50 Trainers from Civil
society.

Waste to Recreation Project

: The project transformed a 1.5 hectare unauthorized waste
dump site into a recreational center for the people of Prestea (Ghana) and other surrounding
communities. The facility is currently serving as an isolation center for covid 19 patients in the
District. This was done through a unique partnership with Golden Star Bogoso Prestea Limited.

Agri-Residue Charcoal: Affordable clean Energy for Rural Communities

The program was
designed to train the people of Dumase (Ghana) on the recipes for affordable Charcoal briquete
preparation and uses. Beneficiaries were also sensitized on economic and environmental benefits of
briquettes made from agric residue when used for domestic cooking and industrial use.

Edupay Program

: is a tuition fee payment model developed to provide an affordable education
financing scheme for low income parents. Through flexible payment and pre-financing schemes,
financial resources are recycled to allow students to experience uninterrupted quality education. The
program has benefitted over 9000 students and 4000 women single parents since 2016. den Star Bogoso Prestea Limited.

THE FUTURE

As to the future, Godfred Turkson, CEO of MSA had this to say, “The model is a pilot that we continue to evolve to strengthen its frameworks and the three major pillars:

Flexible payment scheme

Pre-financing fund

Project targeting infrastructure development

The efforts of MSA and their EDUPAY program are obviously worth highlighting, for innovation, remarkable contribution to sustainable development, and the vast potential of the model to support other impoverished regions of the world.

As a result, EDUPAY was nominated for Best Project in the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition conducted under the UNESCO Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development received by Emmanuel Douglas Turkson on the EDUPAY model .

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