Enabling children to catch up is just the beginning. Helping them stay in school and learn effectively is the greater goal.

RESULTS

The Luminos Fund is based on the success of the Speed School program funded by Legatum Foundation which has helped over 100,000 children get back to school in West Africa and Ethiopia. 

THE NUMBERS

101,502children brought back to school

96%

Of children have returned to MAINSTREAM school

4,137

No. of Speed Schools
Facilitators
Facilitators & teachers trained 4,145

99,030

mothers in parental engagement groups

86%

Of graduates are still in mainstream education after 12 months
31,539 pre-schoolers enrolled in school readiness programs
Over

50,000

GIRLS EDUCATED IN SPEED SCHOOLS
12,872teachers trained in linked government schools

716

Linked government schools

 


HOW IS IMPACT ASSESSED?

Quantitative and qualitative monitoring and evaluation is a core piece of the Speed School program. We regularly track inputs, outputs, outcomes, and impact to ensure learnings from the ground guide program design and implementation. Project progress is also monitored through qualitative reporting such as direct feedback from beneficiaries.

The evaluation design consists of the following metrics:

  • Baseline and endline assessments to gauge student literacy/numeracy levels plus continuous assessments to ensure children meet the minimum grade level competencies.
  • Baseline and endline evaluation of parental engagement groups to understand the parents’ shift in behaviors and attitudes.
  • A longitudinal study to evaluate how Speed School graduates fare in government schools and to understand the difference Speed School makes in a student’s life trajectory compared to non-entrants.

We maintain a strong relationship with evaluation partners from the Centre for International Education at the University of Sussex as well as researchers from the University of Hawassa.

To date, more than 90% of Speed School children transition into government schools. According to our most recent evaluation by the University of Sussex, 75% of them are still in school four years after transition. Early evaluation reports also suggest that Speed School children outperform their government school counterparts once in the government schooling system.

Click here to read the University of Sussex's evaluation report.

 


STORIES OF LIFE CHANGE

The Luminos Fund has positively impacted the lives of children and communities in West Africa and rural Ethiopia since 2007.   

READ THEIR STORIES