Fragile and Conflict-Affected States

Program Spotlight

The Speed School Program

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.

Background on Fragile and Conflict-Affected States

The World Bank estimates that more than 1 billion people live in states affected by fragility and conflict. Children in these states face a number of unique challenges hindering their ability to learn, such as violence, trauma, or a lack of access to safe spaces. In response, many organizations are implementing programs targeted to those beset by conflict and uncertainty.

Reflective of the growing importance of education innovations in fragile and conflict- affected states, the Center for Education Innovations (CEI) has identified and profiled more than 50 programs around the world that have implemented creative solutions to support educational development in fragile and conflict- affected states.

Database At-A-Glance

Click below to read our Database-at-a-Glance report and find highlights from eight common approaches & characteristics across ECD models. Learn about programs focusing on:

1) Girls marginalized or threatened by conflict
2) Bolstering the teacher workforce through training and technical support
3) Building - or rebuilding - basic educational infrastructure
4) A comprehensive approach emphasizing students’ psychosocial and mental health
5) Vocational training to boost employability
6) Establishing community ownership of education
7) Focus on peace building and civic education for post-conflict society
8) Accelerated learning programs supporting the transition to formal education


Children in living in fragile and conflict-affected states face a number of unique challenges, including violence, trauma, or a lack of access to safe spaces that hinder their ability to learn. 

Fragile and Conflict-Affected States Programs in the CEI Database

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