Thursday, January 24, 2019
Despite significant increases in educational access around the world, one out of eleven children of primary school age remain out of school. Accelerated learning programs, like Second Chance (previously known as Speed Schools), serve as one targeted intervention to help get all children back into school and learning.
Second Chance is a programme implemented by the Luminos Fund, which was founded by Legatum and Geneva Global in 2016. The programme aims to meet the needs of children from 8-14 years of age who have never been in primary school or who have dropped out of school for two years or more.
According to a 2018 study
tracking Second Chance graduates in Ethiopia from 2011-2017, about 75% of the Second Chance graduates were still in school compared to 66% of a similar group of students who had attended government schools. Furthermore, the Second Chance graduates had higher aspirations to progress beyond primary education and were over 30% less likely to dropout than comparable students in government schools. With those results, in 2018 HundrED identified Second Chance as one of 100 inspiring global educational innovations
and in 2017 the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE)
recognised Second Chance as one of six awardees for their creative approaches to crucial education challenges.
Ethiopia Speed School Initiative
Appointment of Ellen Agler as CEO of The END Fund