AT AGE 11, BETELEHEM IS FINALLY STARTING SCHOOL

After many years farming alongside her family, Betelehem was given a second chance at education through the Luminos Fund.

million primary-school-aged children are out of school around the world

%

of children in low-income countries cannot read by age 10

1/3

of children were not reached by any education during COVID-19 school closures

Millions of children are shut out of school due to global crisis, poverty, and discrimination.

Our award-winning programs ensure the world’s most vulnerable children get a chance to experience joyful learning.

Luminos runs catch-up education programs

Joyful, activity-based
learning

Assessment-based
instruction

Student-centered classrooms

Foundational
literacy & numeracy

Our results

A new randomized controlled trial (RCT) of the Luminos program shows dramatic learning gains for students.

children given a second chance education

%

of graduates transition to government school

2x

more likely to complete primary school than their peers

Students learn how to learn

Literacy in 10 months

Centered in a holistic approach

Training local teachers

Engaging parents & local leaders

Collaborating with government

Partnering with community-based organizations

Our results

teachers trained

government-run classrooms using our approach

parents and guardians engaged

 

Where we work

Ethiopia

Ethiopia is our original and largest program, as well as the home of our most advanced government adoption work. Learn more >

Lebanon

In Lebanon, Luminos serves Syrian refugee children, helping them restart their education, catch up to grade level, and prepare to join Lebanese classrooms. Learn more >

Liberia

In Liberia, Luminos has developed
important innovations in phonics
and assessment-led instruction,
and serves thousands of children
every year. Learn more >

Ghana

Luminos launched in Ghana in 2022, serving 1,500 formerly out-of-school children. Learn more >

The Gambia

In The Gambia, Luminos is advising
the national government on bringing
out-of-school children back to learning
and enhancing the national curriculum.
Learn more >

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Data sources for initial statistics: (82 million) 2024 UNESCO data, upper values; (92%) World Bank; (1/3) UNICEF

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