Second Chance (Luminos Fund)

  • P Project/Program

? Activity Status: Unknown

Key Information

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 118,000 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. 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. Program components include an accelerated learning curriculum, community mobilization and capacity building.

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


Sub-Saharan Africa

Ethiopia, Liberia

Government Affiliation

Government-affiliated program


Not applicable or unknown


Not applicable or unknown

Ministry Affiliation

Ministry of Education, Liberia and Ethiopia


Legatum Foundation, Dubai Cares, Cartier Philanthropy, UBS Optimus Foundation, Mulago, The Peter Cundill Foundation

COVID-19 Response


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Other


  • School quality


  • Literacy
  • Numeracy

Cross-cutting areas

  • Emergencies and protracted crises

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Boys (both in school and out of school), Girls (both in school and out of school)


Not applicable or unknown

School Enrolment Status

Some in school

School Level

Not applicable or unknown

Other populations reached

  • Boys (both in school and out of school)
  • Girls (both in school and out of school)

Participants include

  • Displaced/refugee - External (from other countries)
  • Displaced/refugee - Internal (from other areas of the same country)
  • Orphans and vulnerable children

Program Approaches Back to Top

Access to school

  • Alternative learning centers/mobile schools/home schools
  • Extending school hours

Community engagement/advocacy/sensitization

  • Community mobilization
  • General awareness-raising/community engagement


  • Remedial education/skills

Social/gender norms change

  • Engaging parents/caregivers of students or school-age children/adolescents

Tutoring/strengthening academic skills

  • Literacy - in the classroom
  • Numeracy - in the classroom

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Improved academic skills (literacy and numeracy)
  • Increased re-enrolment in school among out-of-school children
  • Increased school completion (general)
  • Increased school enrolment (general)

Cross-cutting goals

  • Increased agency and empowerment