Letshego, Opportunity International EduFinance host webinar series to manage through COVID-19 Pandemic  

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Arnold Parker

Letshego Ghana has partnered Opportunity International EduFinance to host a webinar series themed ‘Resilience! Repositioning Your School after COVID-19’.

The partnership provides all schools with a multifunctional digital toolkit to equip schools in keeping their staff and learners safe, while mitigating the risks educational institutions face in the current unpredictable circumstances.

This partnership also provides mentorship to school management teams to adopt practices to remain resilient, safe and effective in continuing education as we adjust to our ‘new normal’.

Letshego Ghana Savings and Loans Chief Executive Officer, Arnold Parker affirmed: “The Coronavirus affects us all on an individual and economic basis – we need to work together and support each other to mitigate the negative impact of this pandemic within our communities.

In line with Letshego’s brand promise to Improve Lives we are providing schools with the tools, guidelines and expertise to deliver safe and healthy havens for our children, while continuing their education. As a strategic financial partner for schools, parents and suppliers of schools, this is just one of the ways Letshego is collaborating to support our communities.”

In addition to supporting their customers, Letshego Group has committed over GH¢152million in direct financial support to regional government relief funds and non-profit organisations across its 11-country footprint. Letshego Ghana recently donated Personal Protection Equipment (PPEs) in the form of gloves, facemasks, sanitisers and gallons of liquid soap to the Michel Camp Military Hospital.

Opportunity EduFinance Technical Assistance Advisor, Jane Aik said: “We are proud to collaborate with Letshego Ghana on this socially impactful initiative, and are committed to supporting educators who are working tirelessly to continue engaging learners Opportunity EduFinance currently operates across 23 countries to partner with socially-focussed financial institutions to provide access to education finance for schools and communities. Our EduQuality program also supports local affordable schools to improve conditions for learning through a mix of training, resources and local expertise.”

The partnership’s crisis response toolkit was developed as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic to help schools and lending financial institutions deal with the current crisis and school closures. The ‘living’ toolkit is tailored to help schools to bridge the gaps brought about by the pandemic, accommodating diverse institutions’ individual needs and challenges prior, during and after reopening.

Some of the activities include conducting due diligence on the schools’ readiness plans and providing institutions with structured training in terms of business management, budgeting and cash flow management as well as exploring their savings and investment options.

This partnership enables schools to become stronger and more resilient as they manage through COVID 19, maintaining a safe environment for the students, teachers and members of the community.

Letshego continues to partner with local government and health authorities to advocate official health guidelines, as well as aligning with international health advice from organisations such as the World Health Organisation (www.who.int).  Employees and customers have access to the latest facts and health information in an effort to collaborate in combatting the Coronavirus across Letshego’s footprint.

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