Joe Ricketts founded Opportunity Education Foundation in 2005 and has funded its operations ever since. Opportunity Education's mission is straightforward: to make quality education accessible to children in developing nations so they can improve their standard of living and work towards a brighter future.
In a world where too many children lack educational opportunities and resources, Opportunity Education provides everything from learning materials and curricula to televisions and teachers' guides – in short, the essential support that is critical to effective schooling. The foundation is also committed to helping teachers in the developing world by introducing effective teaching methods and providing tools for quality instruction and assessment. Through its Sister School Program, Opportunity Education connects teachers and students around the world, encouraging cultural awareness throughout the global community.
The largest non-government, secular organization providing elementary-school education in developing countries, Opportunity Education has to date touched the lives of some 500,000 students attending nearly 1,000 schools in 11 countries in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.