The Luminos Fund provides transformative education programs to thousands of out-of-school children, helping them to catch up to grade level, reintegrate into local schools, and prepare for lifelong learning. Luminos was founded to ensure children everywhere get a chance to experience joyful learning, especially those denied an education by crisis, poverty, and discrimination. Our vision is of a world where no child is ever denied the chance to learn. Luminos currently operates classrooms in Ethiopia, Lebanon, and Liberia where students live in very challenging circumstances. Many are the first in their family to receive an education.
Even before COVID-19 pushed children around the world out of school, 258 million children were out of school globally and unable 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.
Our Second Chance initiative, an accelerated learning program for out-of-school children (also occasionally 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 152,051 children experience joyful learning, and we’re just getting started.