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Luminos in The Gambia

In The Gambia, the Luminos Fund is working in partnership with the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education to ensure all children have equal access to joyful, foundational learning. Together, we have co-created and launched an accelerated learning program reaching 1,587 out-of-school children. 

Meet Fatoumatta, a Luminos student in The Gambia:

The Gambia at a Glance

The government of The Gambia has made significant efforts to improve access to education. However, the COVID-19 pandemic reversed much of the earlier progress and contributed to increased poverty in recent years. As of 2024, it is estimated that there are 104,900 primary-school-aged children out-of-school, a 24% increase from 2020. Beyond poverty, barriers to education in The Gambia include limited infrastructure, gender disparities, and child labor. 

Map showing the country of Liberia, located in West Africa.

What We Do in The Gambia

At the request of The Gambian government, Luminos provided support to write a new accelerated learning curriculum with the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE). The curriculum has since been endorsed by the government for national implementation.

Luminos launched our pilot in the 2022-23 school year to test the curriculum, supporting 533 previously out-of-school children. In the 2023-24 school year, Luminos is working closely with the government to co-implement the curriculum in schools across The Gambia, reaching over 1,000 out-of-school children in the North Bank Region (NBR) and the Central River Region (CRR).

Through the course of our accelerated learning program, out-of-school children aged 8-14 learn how to read, write, and do math in just one school year. Our classes of 30 students run five days a week and incorporate Gambian stories, songs, and games into the joyful, activity-based curriculum.

“It’s a good thing to have Luminos coming on board to partner with us in this great endeavor of providing education to all the children living in The Gambia. We value the partnership, and we look forward to a stronger, strengthened relationship and collaboration so that we’ll be able to achieve our goals.”

Honorable Former Minister Claudiana A. Cole
Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, The Gambia

The 2023-2024 School Year

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“Every child deserves to be given the opportunity to explore and realize their full potential through schooling. This is my conviction.”

Mr. Momodou Jeng
Director of Curriculum Research Evaluation and Development Directorate, MoBSE

Meet our Team in The Gambia

“Working closely with the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education has been a cornerstone of our program in The Gambia. Backed by such a strong collaboration, Luminos is bringing joyful, transformative learning to the most vulnerable children.”

Awa Minteh, The Gambia Country Manager

Our Community Partners

Community-based organizations (CBOs) are fundamental to Luminos’ model. These CBOs help select the communities we work in based on local needs, lead community engagement and delivery of the Luminos program, and monitor the program on an ongoing basis. In The Gambia, Luminos works with the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education and the following CBOs to co-create and deliver our country-specific program:

“Both Luminos and the community partner have a voice and stake in the program. This is not a strategy we get to have with other partners. That is the beauty of the work and why we cherish our role with Luminos.”

Alpha Camara
Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation Manager, Effective Intervention

Effective Intervention

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