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 – through a joyful, activity-based curriculum.
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 136,502 children experience joyful learning, and we’re just getting started.
The Luminos Fund launched as a standalone non-profit organization in 2016 with a $10 million commitment from the Legatum Foundation. Legatum Foundation also invested in the launch of the Freedom Fund, founded to abolish modern slavery, and the END Fund, working to end neglected tropical diseases. Since 2016, other major philanthropies and a number of high net worth individuals have invested in Luminos. In 2020, we formed an Advisory Board featuring some of the brightest minds in international education, including former African Ministers of Education and the former Executive Director of UNICEF, to advise on our work.
Since its launch, Luminos has expanded from Ethiopia to Liberia and Lebanon. We’ve helped 136,502 children experience joyful learning, and we’re just getting started.
The Luminos Fund is a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt charitable organization registered in the United States (EIN 36-4817073).