The Luminos Method

The Luminos Method is a collection of best practices derived from our experience working in the hardest-to-reach communities in EthiopiaGhanaLebanonLiberia, and The Gambia, which we are making available to the broader education sector to address an urgent challenge:

The global community is at risk of failing a generation of young people in the Global South who may never become the doctors, leaders, human rights activists, or teachers they might have been. Millions of children were already shut out of school. And, since COVID-19, millions more have fallen so far behind they are at grave risk of dropping out forever.

The Luminos Fund is tackling this challenge head-on, working alongside governments and community-based organizations to run accelerated education programs that help children catch up to grade level, reintegrate into government schools, and prepare for lifelong learning.

Yet the challenges facing young children today go beyond anything a single organization can accomplish alone.

We believe by sharing the Luminos Method it is possible to accelerate our vision of helping all children achieve foundational learning across the globe, even in some of the world’s most challenging contexts.


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


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

Elements of the Luminos Method

Select elements of the Luminos Method below to access interactive web pages with videos and downloadable resources of our best practices. Additional elements will be published quarterly, and highlighted in blue as they become available online.

Community Teachers

High-potential, local young adults become successful community teachers with solid training and support.

Teacher-Led Assessment

Regular assessment and follow-up support are crucial to ensure student learning stays on track.

Identity & Self-Belief

Through valuing local cultures and providing students with opportunities to succeed, we build students’ belief in themselves as successful learners.

Phonics for First-Generation Readers

We teach children to read using a proven, phonics-based approach that is grounded in international evidence and local best practice.

Joyful Learning

Learning takes place in a safe and inclusive environment with meaningful lessons and an engaging pedagogy full of interaction and playful activities.

Community Partners

We partner with domestic, locally led, NGOs to co-create and co-implement our country-specific programs.

Iterative Design

As a learning organization, we are deeply committed to an ongoing cycle of designing, learning, and adapting to improve our programs.

Real-Time Data

We use a data dashboard to monitor Key Performance Indicators, capture a holistic view of the program and drill down to granular insights, and identify struggling students and teachers.

Girls’ Education

Girls thrive in classrooms where their voices are celebrated and supported equally.

While the Luminos Method represents the core practices across all countries where we work, certain aspects of our programs are customized to the country-specific context, in partnership with community-based organizations and ministries of education. Reading materials, songs, plays, and role-play are relevant to the children’s mother tongue and culture. Luminos community teachers draw on their experience with the community and culture when developing resources.

Applying the Luminos Method has achieved transformative results in our accelerated education programs, and we believe by sharing these resources, we can unlock the light of learning in every child.

“The rate at which Luminos students are performing is exceptional… I want to applaud Luminos Fund for the tremendous work being done in improving results in education in Liberia.”

Minister Tarnue Marwolo Bongolee
Assistant Minister for Student Personnel Services, Liberia

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