Education Insights

At Luminos, our vision is a world where no child is ever denied the chance to learn. While our core focus is our award-winning Second Chance program (e.g. helping vulnerable children experience joyful learning and learn to read), the Luminos Fund is also working across the education sector at-large by bringing together diverse players in the education space and sharing their insights with the world. We believe we are all stronger together, and that we each have a wealth of experience to share. 

Through our mission, we are working to help the world achieve UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4: “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.” See below for a collection of our own research in the field to ensure we are pursuing the best approach.

Latest Series:

A multi-week video series featuring interviews with education leaders from across government, the private sector, and civil society. Over the course of six weeks, we featured 11 guest speakers, each bringing their experience to bear on the current COVID-19 crisis. 

Featured by the Center for Global Development

The “Diaries from the Frontline” series examines which children are most at risk of being left behind after the COVID-19 crisis, and how education organizations like the Luminos Fund are pivoting to respond.

Read the first installment of the series >

Previous Events

Webinar: Getting Ghana Back to School

Luminos Fund’s fifth annual U.N. General Assembly (UNGA) week event, “Getting Ghana Back to School,”centered on the education challenges posed by COVID-19 in Ghana. Luminos hosted Ghanaian luminaries and education leaders on September 23, 2021 as they discussed how to unlock Ghana’s full educational potential once again.

Webinar: Ethiopia Rising

In March 2021, Luminos hosted a discussion on the current and future state of education in Ethiopia as it navigates beyond COVID-19. Guest speakers included Minister Mathewos and Dr. Pauline Rose, Professor of International Education and Director of the Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre, University of Cambridge.

Webinar: What the return to school after Hurricane Katrina and the Ebola epidemic can teach us in the current moment

The September 2020 launch event of the “Education Leadership Through Crisis,” video series featured a panel of education leaders including Neerav Kingsland, George Werner, and Dr. Rebecca Winthrop. Mubuso Zamchiya, Managing Director of the Luminos Fund hosted the conversation.

Dynamic Philanthropy: A Remedy for the Global Learning Crisis

Luminos hosted an intimate conversation with the leaders of Cartier Philanthropy, Dubai Cares, Legatum Group, and UBS Optimus Foundation during the 2019  United Nations General Assembly week.

International Education Funders Group (IEFG) Bi-Annual Meeting

In November 2019, the Luminos Fund hosted the bi-annual meeting of the International Education Funders Group (IEFG), a learning and collaborative network. The event took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with Mubuso Zamichya, Luminos’s Managing Director, giving a plenary address.

Key External Evaluations & Studies

2018 Longitudinal Study (Summary)

(University of Sussex)

The most recent longitudinal study released in 2018 by the University of Sussex Centre for International Education tracked 625 children who participated in Luminos’ 10-month Second Chance program in 2011, completed it, and then transitioned to government schools. Their progress was compared against 1,250 government students. 

Read the full study

Liberia 2021-22 Endline Evaluation Report

(Q&A Services)

During the 2021-22 school year, the Luminos program increased children’s oral reading fluency (ORF) by 28 correct words per minute (CWPM), with girls progressing 3 CWPM more than boys. This report summarizes results from the 2021-22 Luminos program endline evaluation conducted by Q&A Services.

2021 Second Chance Liberia Endline Evaluation Report

(Q&A Services)

During the 2020/21 school year, results show that the Second Chance program increased oral reading fluency by 28.7 correct words per minute (CWPM), with girls progressing 4 CWPM more than boys. This report summarizes results from the 2020/21 Second Chance endline evaluation conducted by Q&A Services.

2020 Report Synthesis (Out-of-School Children in Ethiopia)

(Ministry of Education, Ethiopia)

The Ministry of Education of Ethiopia, with financial support from the Luminos Fund, has conducted a study on the status of out-of-school children (OOSC). This 2020 Report Synthesis contains a quantitative analysis on OOSC before the COVID-19 pandemic using the first three dimensions of the Five Dimensions of Exclusion framework.

Learning Through Play

(International Journal of Learning, Teaching and Educational Research)

In 2017, Dr. Susan Rauchwerk, Associate Professor at Lesley University, authored a full analysis of the elements of play in the Second Chance pedagogy and their positive impact on students’ learning, drawing from a broader program evaluation conducted by the University of Sussex.

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