Our Story

There are 258 million children around the world who do not know how to read or write. Children who are out of primary school are uniquely challenged to develop vital skills and keep up with educated peers over time.

The Luminos Fund was founded to ensure children everywhere get a chance to experience joyful learning, especially those denied an education by poverty, conflict, and discrimination. Our vision is of a world where no child is ever denied the chance to learn. Luminos currently operate classrooms in Ethiopia, Lebanon, and Liberia where students live in very challenging circumstances. Many are the first in their family to receive an education.

Our Second Chance initiative, an accelerated learning program for out-of-school children also known as Speed School, is one of the world’s leading innovations in K-12 education. In just ten months, we teach students to read and do math – to learn how to learn – all through fun, play-based activities.

Luminos programs achieve inspiring, long-term results. Upon completion of our programs, over ninety percent of students advance into their local mainstream school, continuing on the path to opportunity. Even six years after completing Second Chance and transitioning into mainstream schools, Luminos children continue to fare better than their counterparts. Graduates of our program complete primary school at twice the rate of their peers.

To date, we’ve helped 120,834 children experience joyful learning, and we’re just getting started.

Our History

Luminos was created as a standalone non-profit organization in 2016. We’re part of a network of three organizations originated and scaled by the Legatum Foundation. The Freedom Fund was founded to abolish modern slavery and the END Fund works to control and eliminate neglected tropical diseases. In its pursuit to make a positive difference in the world, the Legatum Foundation orients its philanthropy to areas that receive little attention yet are vital to improving lives at scale. Legatum is a private investment firm with a longstanding commitment to philanthropy. Whether they are investing in global capital markets or funding humanitarian projects, they use the same ‘investor’s lens’, leveraging their experience and unique perspective to move money to compelling ideas that can generate extraordinary social returns.

Luminos was founded to scale the Second Chance program across the globe. Legatum launched the effort with a $10 million commitment over five years. Since that time, other major philanthropies and a number of high net worth individuals have invested in Luminos.

Since its launch, Luminos has expanded from Ethiopia to Liberia and Lebanon. We’ve helped 120,834 children experience joyful learning, and we’re just getting started.


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