Baraket now studies in a government class after graduating from a Speed School. His mother, Sheto, participated in a collective savings group with other Speed School mothers. She has recently been able to set up a coffee shop and can now afford to send all her children to school.
Sussex University Evaluation Report
Sussex University, the Fund’s research partner, has been evaluating the Speed School program's effectiveness since 2011. Their reports measure the outcomes of sample populations in Ethiopia as children and communities go through the program’s different interventions.
Pedagogical Review of Speed School
This report was commissioned to evaluate the pedagogical framework of the Speed School program, focused primarily on the ten-month accelerated learning component. Findings suggest that the content delivery structure of Speed Schools allows children to acquire knowledge and skills relative to their stage of cognitive development, supporting the distributed rather than scripted learner-centered pedagogy.
The Luminos Fund developed the following resources and student materials for use in the field.
Speed School Manual
This guidebook is the management guide for implementing the Speed School model. It provides guidelines on the expected activities and standards for Speed Schools and introduces the self-help savings groups, primary school capacity building and Early Childhood Education/School Readiness program. Detailed guidelines for these latter three activities are provided in separate manuals, however the concepts are introduced in this manual for readers to get an early understanding of their relationship to the Speed School program.
This manual is used by Geneva Global, the Luminos Fund Manager, to ensure quality standards are maintained at implementation locations. Parts of this guidebook are shared with implementing partners and the school directors of the participating primary schools.
This guide provides an overview of the Speed School program and principles and provides basic teaching strategies. This dynamic guide contains a variety of activities to train new Speed School facilitators and to refresh the skills of existing Speed School facilitators. Delivered through a cascaded training model, it is designed as a reference for the implementing organisations’ training officers and supervisors who oversee the Speed School facilitators.
Self-help Group Supervisors' Manual
This manual is the handbook for creating self-help savings groups at each at the community level, thereby improving household economic levels in locations with Speed Schools. The manual provides guidelines on the formation, organization, and management of the groups over time. Contents include standards for group leadership, bookkeeping, and linkages to local banks or microfinance institutions.
Getting Ready for School
This manual is designed to provide young facilitators sets of activities and ideas that they can use to introduce early learning concepts to pre-school-aged children. The guide contains many interesting activities - there are activities to help children tell and retell stories, make puppets, draw and color, and recognize letters in their name. There are also activities to help children learn numbers, count, name different shapes, and compare size.
Originally developed by Gulzar Kanji and Cassie Landers of UNICEF, this manual is contextualized to fit each implementation location’s preschoolers learning needs.
Minimum Learning Competencies
The curriculum guide for Speed School facilitators provides an overview of the skills and knowledge students should learn and demonstrate, categorized by grade year. Learning areas include English, mathematics, environmental science, arts, and physical education. This content is progressively delivered in three languages: Amharic, English, and the local language of the implementation location.
To gain access to these resources please contact the Luminos Fund team.