Dubai Cares

The Luminos Fund is delighted to announce it is the recipient of a key grant from Dubai Cares that will give more than forty thousand children in Ethiopia’s Oromia, Tigray, SNNPR, and Amhara regions access to impactful, joyful education and literacy. This $1.5 million (USD) grant will focus on increasing Ethiopian government adoption of the Luminos Second Chance model and child-centered pedagogy.

“This grant will provide important professional development for many government teachers and be life-changing for thousands of children in Ethiopia,” says Caitlin Baron, CEO of the Luminos Fund. “We admire Dubai Cares’ vision and commitment to solving the world’s toughest education challenges and are thrilled to be expanding our partnership. In 2016, Dubai Cares support enabled Luminos to launch our Liberia program. This Ethiopia grant marks an exciting international expansion in Dubai Cares’ support for our work.”

For nearly a decade in Ethiopia, Luminos has implemented the Second Chance program, an accelerated learning program that brings joyful learning to out-of-school children denied a chance to learn due to poverty, conflict, and discrimination. Over the course of 10 months, Luminos helps children between the ages of 9 and 14 (girls and boys in relatively equal numbers) to become literate and numerate and then to transition into government schools with their age peers. The curriculum covers the first three years of school so children are ready for 3rd or 4th grade when they transition and uses a play-based learning pedagogy that is child-centered, activity-based, and facilitator-supported. To date, Luminos has helped 113,000 Ethiopian children become literate and continue on the path to opportunity.

Between 2017-2019, the Ministry of Education in Ethiopia piloted a government-run version of Second Chance with positive results. The national government then requested that Luminos expand the collaboration and build the Ministry of Education’s capacity to support and deliver the program directly.

This Dubai Cares grant enables Luminos to realize this strategic goal: to deepen its partnership with the Ethiopian government and regional education bureaus, capacitate the government system to adopt Second Chance as a national strategy, and deliver innovation at scale.

Ethiopia remains among the countries with the highest number of out-of-school children, with an estimated 2.2 million children not in primary school. This said, Ethiopia is making significant strides towards universal education. This is due to the Ethiopian government’s increased investment in education, its well-organized education system, and its positioning as an experimental hub for innovative models like the Luminos Second Chance program.


About Dubai Cares
Since its inception, Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, has been working towards providing children and young people in developing countries with access to quality education through the design and funding of programs that aim to be integrated, impactful, sustainable and scalable. As a result, the UAE-based global philanthropic organization has successfully launched education programs reaching over 18 million beneficiaries in 57 developing countries.

About the Luminos Fund
The Luminos Fund is a philanthropic initiative dedicated to advancing education innovations for the world’s most vulnerable children. Luminos works to ensure children everywhere get a chance to experience joyful learning, especially those denied an education by poverty, conflict, and discrimination. The organization’s core offering is Second Chance: a 10-month program that empowers students to catch up to grade level with a focus on reading, writing, math, science, local contexts, and play. Luminos has enabled 120,000 children to have a second chance at an education and currently operates classrooms in Ethiopia, Lebanon, and Liberia.

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The Luminos Fund is a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt charitable organization registered in the United States (EIN 36-4817073).