At the Luminos Fund, we're helping children—especially those affected by poverty, conflict, and discrimination—get back to learning. Through our network of partners, we run accelerated learning programs that help children gain the equivalent of three years of education in the space of just one year. The results have been fantastic. We've helped educate over 100,000 children, and 96% of students successfully transitioned into mainstream schooling upon graduation. That's great, but we need to significantly scale up our reach if we ever hope to get the world's 120 million out-of-school children back to learning. That's where you come in.
Our one-room schoolhouses serve about 25 students each. The investment needed to set up and run a schoolhouse for a year will vary from place to place, but we can typically provide accelerated learning for 25 students at $5,000. This investment enables us to pay the great teachers and facilitators that work with the children and ensure the children have the materials and support they need. With the results we're seeing as our students graduate into mainstream schools, these schoolhouse investments are more than worth it.
What is Accelerated Learning?
When children miss out on learning because of poverty, conflict, or discrimination, our programs give them a second chance to learn.To help them catch up, children get three years worth of schooling in just 10 months. Facilitators dedicated to their students' success provide a fun, intensive, and deep-learning environment. At the end of 10 months, children are functionally literate and can rejoin their peers in school.
How old are the children?
The children in our programs are typically between 8 and 14 years old. They re-enter school at the fourth grade level when they leave our program.
Where in Africa?
Children are out-of-school across the continent, but you can currently start a Schoolhouse campaign for children in Ethiopia and Liberia. We hope to add new countries in Africa soon.