Second Chance

The Second Chance program employs an innovative, accelerated learning pedagogy–as well as supplemental programs in the community–to enable older children who have been kept out of school to get a second chance at an education. To date, the Second Chance program has enabled over 129,162 children across Africa to get back to school.

The Luminos Fund currently operates the Second Chance program in Ethiopia–where it is known as Speed School–and Liberia

How The Model Works

The Second Chance program employs an intensive, child-centered approach to reach the most marginalized populations, children denied an education due to poverty, conflict, or discrimination.

1. Accelerated Learning Curriculum

  • Second Chance covers the first three years of schooling in just 10 months and prepares students to succeed in their local schools.
  • Children learn to read, write, and do math through a variety of games and activities that place the child at the center of teaching and learning.  
  • Class sizes are capped at 30 which helps the teacher provide individual attention to each child and pace the learning accordingly.
  • A 7-8 hour-long school day allows each concept to be presented through a variety of pupil-led activities.
  • Continuous assessments with routine feedback and remediation ensure all children grasp the minimum learning competencies. 

2. Community Mobilization

Second Chance is driven by the community. Parents and local leaders help us identify the most marginalized out-of-school children and find a place to house the Second Chance classes. We hire and train local young adults from the community to teach in our classrooms. Most importantly, we work intensively with the mothers of our students to help them build a community of solidarity around keeping their children in school.

3. Capacity Building

We train local government school teachers in the Second Chance activity-based pedagogy both to support our students once they have transitioned and to improve the quality of instruction in government schools for all children. As our program track record grows, we increasingly work with regional and national governments to build their capacity to implement Second Chance schools themselves.

“Programs like Second Chance give students an “a-ha” moment: the light bulb goes on. Coming out of a crisis like COVID or Ebola, there’s a high risk that many children won’t return to school. Second Chance plays a key role engaging communities and helping children catch up on learning gaps.”

Gbovadeh Gbilia

Head of the Education Delivery Unit at Liberia’s Ministry of Education and Vice-Chair of UNESCO’s Education Commission


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