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Vantage Best in Class is Vantage Capital’s newest division that was established to provide investors with the opportunity to tap into the fast-growing private education sector. Growing student enrolment numbers, increasing internationalization of education, robust pricing structures, predictable cash flows and high barriers to entry are keeping returns in this sector unusually high. And performance has proved to be remarkably resilient in the face of economic downturns, wars, and epidemics.

 

With support from its investors, Vantage Best in Class aims to provide long-term financial and strategic support to education businesses operating in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. As a first step, it has partnered with Maple Bear Global Schools, the largest and fastest growing franchise of K-12 bilingual schools in the world in a €100 million investment program for the Central & Eastern European region.

 

The Maple Bear program offers one of the world’s best pedagogic models that prepares students for a successful future.

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The Future of learning

Maple Bear has currently ten Central & Eastern European schools, operational or in implementation in Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Albania, and Ukraine and is planning an additional 200 new schools in 22 countries over the next decade, thanks to its partnership with Vantage Capital. Vantage has teamed up with Melvyn Lubega, the co-founder of Go1, one of the largest curated eLearning library in the world and an education unicorn that recently raised $100m from Softbank, Salesforce, and Microsoft amongst other investors at over a $2 billion valuation, to invest in Maple Bear Polska.

Maple Bear offers a world class curriculum that is continually updated to reflect the latest in research and Canadian educational practices. Canada’s education system consistently ranks among the highest in the world and Maple Bear brings the best of Canadian methodology and bilingual education. Maple Bear schools are dedicated to engaging students in a stimulating learning environment. Everything is designed for excellence in education, from state of the art design and furnishings to educational practices and resources. In addition to the Canadian curriculum, Maple Bear follows each country’s curriculum and conforms to local education regulations.

The Vantage investment program in Maple Bear Central & Eastern Europe has four components:

Minority equity investment

An equity investment into the regional head office to fund the recruitment of additional members and help accelerate the expansion of the school network across the region.

Control equity investment:
Maple Bear Polska

The capitalization of Maple Bear Polska which plans, with the help of its local Polish shareholders, to open more than forty schools.

Control equity investment: Maple Bear Czech Republic

The capitalization of Maple Bear Czech Republic which will target up to 20 schools.

Real estate
funding program

A real estate funding program to enable Maple Bear school owners to build large, flagship K12 schools in prime locations.

Why a Canadian Education?

Canada is the leader in education among English speaking countries and ranks as one of the best education providers in the world. In 2018, PISA ranked Canada #1 in the English-speaking world in Science, Math and Reading.


Canada is a pioneer in implementing educational strategies that focus on developing specific competencies and attributes for students to excel in a modern world. The curriculum provides strategies to develop skills through social, emotional, cognitive and physical engagement in learning. Teaching and learning encourages the development of strong critical and problem solving skills, innovation and creativity, self-directed learning, collaboration, communication, global citizenship and digital literacy. Learning is assessed by demonstrating the ability to apply what has been learned to new contexts. 

 

A Canadian education is focussed on building student capacity in 21st century skills to meet with success in a global economy.

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Why Maple Bear?

Through its’ world class curriculum Maple Bear offers one of the world’s best pedagogic models by bringing the best of Canadian methodology and bilingual education. Maple Bear schools are dedicated to engaging students in a stimulating learning environment. Everything is designed for excellence in education, from state of the art design and furnishings to educational practices and resources. In addition to a Canadian education, Maple Bear aligns with each country’s curriculum and conforms to local regulations.

 

All teaching practices follow the educational principles which have made Canadian practice so successful. The curriculum is designed to educate the whole child through lessons which incorporate a multitude of learning strategies to develop a range of competencies and skills. Activities are student centred and rooted in 21st century learning skills through communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity. The curriculum is continually updated to reflect the latest in research and Canadian educational practices.

 

Joining the Maple Bear network means receiving constant support, sharing best practices in education, and creating great opportunities for local teachers.

“An investment in knowledge
pays the best interest”

 

– Benjamin Franklin