A second chance to learn
The Luminos Fund works to provide every child with the chance to go to school. Their accelerated learning programme has already enabled over 218,000 children across Africa and the Middle East to return to lessons. Since 2018, we’ve been supporting the Luminos Fund’s rapid expansion across remote regions of Ethiopia. Between 2022 and 2023, we’ve also funded the back-to-school programme for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon.
The Luminos Fund works at the margins of the education system to bring quality education to children in greatest need. In Ethiopia, it focuses on children living in the remote Afar and Oromia regions who never attended school or were forced to drop out.
Second Chance is a 10-month accelerated learning programme that prepares these children to return to state schools by filling in the most important gaps in their education. Second Chance classes are smaller than average to ensure every child can receive focused attention. They use child-centred techniques that teach students how to read, write and do maths using a variety of games and activities.
The programme is community-driven, with parents and local leaders helping to identify the most marginalised children in the area and provide a location for the Luminos classrooms.
The Luminos Fund also trains state schoolteachers in activity-based teaching techniques to improve the quality of education for all children. Additionally, since 2017 the Luminos Fund is supporting the Ethiopian government to adopt their model of teaching in the national education system. The Sidama Region has been the first region to adopt it across all its districts.
In Ethiopia, between 91% and 97% of the 26,850 children enrolled in Luminos classes between 2018 and 2021 successfully transitioned to state schools to continue their education. 9,000 more children were enrolled in government-run versions of the Luminos programme. After 6 years, 75% of Second Chance students are still attending school.
enrolled between 2018-2021
Of second chance students
transitioned into state schools
of second chance students
are still attending school after 6 years
The programme aims to serve about 1,000 children in Lebanon by 2024.