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The Assisting Entrepreneurial Schools web site has been prepared by Openworld, Inc. as resource for communities to explore new market-sensitive learning initiatives.  It intends to offer a forum for peer-to- peer exchanges by learning entrepreneurs and thought leaders.

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Openworld is offering 500 microscholarships in coming months to fund digital "work-study" projects by students at entrepreneurial schools for the poor to create video clips on opportunities for sustainability. The initiative is funded by recent grants from John C. Whitehead, former coChairman of Goldman Sachs, Jack Pearce, and the Explorers Foundation. Explore the new Seeds of Change challenge offer and apply for the Seeds of Change resources.

How to Contribute to AES

Openworld welcomes your help in assisting grassroots schools in impoverished communities.  

Supporters interested in making tax-deductible contributions to the Assisting Entrepreneurial Schools and "Seeds of Change" initiatives can do so through the Explorers Foundation
(tel: +1 303-744-1855).

Microscholarships (or "Microvouchers")

KyrgyzeCenter.jpgMicroscholarship initiatives extend the microfinance revolution to global learning. Small amounts of money — typically ranging from $5 to $50 — can help cover the costs for many students in poor communities to access educational resources that have been otherwise out of reach.

Two notable microscholarship initiatives have been undertaken by Openworld and its partners to date for introducing microscholarships.

In Kyrgyzstan, Openworld and the Academy for Educational Development, through a local implementing partnership with CIIP, launched in 2005 a USAID-supported competition for communities to win initial "challenge grant" offers of $20,000 in microscholarships to spread Internet skills and global language proficiencies. Over the past two years, more than 9,000 Kyrgyz have benefited from the project.  The initiative has been anchored in entrepreneurially run telecenters ("eCenters"), whose operators have produced multimedia presentations on the experience.


In Sri Lanka, the first private microscholarship initiative launched by an entrepreneurially run school has also made strides.  To date, more than 70 students at the Horizon Lanka Academy have benefited from global donors responding to the opportunity to defray tuition costs.  If you would like to make a contribution to the Horizon Lanka microscholarship fund, please visit the GlobalGiving site with your Paypal or debit/credit card ready.