Ensuring a bright future for all
After the success of the West Africa Children’s Education Strategic Initiative, the Speed School programme was moved to Ethiopia, partly to verify that the model was both transportable and scalable. The Ethiopia Speed School Initiative was a four-year multi-million dollar investment designed to respond to the education needs of Ethiopia’s out-of-school population in a compre-hensive and integrated way. Applying an accelerated learning approach to equip out-of-school children with reading, writing, and math skills, children were taught for ten months, at the end of which they sat for a final exam to qualify them to join formal primary school at the third or fourth grade level.
At the same time, mothers of Speed School students are enrolled in self-help savings groups designed to run alongside Speed Schools as a response to the economic barriers that keep children out of school.
After successfully transporting and scaling the initiative over a four year period, the Legatum Foundation launched the Luminos Fund, a pooled funding vehicle that enables many more donors to collaborate to help out-of-school children get back to class.