The Speed School Program

The Speed School program transitions out-of-school children in Ethiopia and Liberia into local schools through an innovative pedagogy and intensive instruction calendar that covers the first three years of the national curriculum in just one year.
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The Speed School program aims to provide an education for the 120 million children around the world still denied access to learning due to poverty, conflict, or discrimination. Since inception in 2011, the program has helped over 100,000 girls and boys gain access to learning and life opportunities. The accelerated learning program prepares students to reintegrate into the government school system by covering the first three years of the national curriculum in just ten months.

The program takes an activity-based approach to pedagogy that priorities quality learning as well as accelerated learning. Class sizes are capped at 25 students per teacher and students spend 7-8 hours per day at school. At the end of the program, students take a standardized placement test to transfer into government schools alongside their peers. In addition, through parental engagement modules and training programs for local school teachers and principals, the program aims to strengthen the entire education ecosystem ensuring that all factors contributing to the out-of-school problem are addressed.

The Speed School program is a community-driven initiative. Communities identify the most marginalized children to enroll in Speed Schools and lend their space to use as classrooms, and community members serve as program facilitators. This level of community involvement ensures that children receive adequate support.

Working closely at the community level demands program flexibility, and as the Luminos Fund and the Speed School program continue to scale up, they hope to offer a suite of solutions to address each unique context. The program will act as an R&D lab for education innovations designed to reach the most marginalized children.

Each new country entered requires program adaptation to fit the political and cultural climate.

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