Accelerated Education

Globally, over 263 million children, adolescents and youth are out of school, either because they never started, or because they dropped out after enrolment. During the height of  the COVID-19 pandemic, this figure rose to 1.6 billion. 

The most marginalised are most at risk, including forcibly displaced children and young people, ex-combatants, girls, and children and youth with disabilities. With each missed school year, there is greater likelihood that these children and youth will be unable to return to formal education, resulting in greater risks to their protection. It is estimated that about 24 million learners, from pre-primary to university level, are at risk of not returning to school in 2020 following the education disruption due to COVID-19 (UNESCO, 2020)

So how can we provide education opportunities for the millions of disadvantaged, over-age, out of school children and youth? Accelerated Education can be a pivotal strategy that addresses this need.  

 


 

What is Accelerated Education?

Accelerated Education (AE) is a flexible, age-appropriate programme, run in an accelerated time frame, which aims to provide access to education for disadvantaged, over-age, out-of-school children and youth. This may include those who missed out on, or had their education interrupted by, poverty, marginalisation, conflict and crisis. The goal of Accelerated Education Programmes (AEPs) is to provide learners with equivalent, certified competencies for basic education using effective teaching and learning approaches that match their level of cognitive maturity.  

National education policies frequently prevent learners from enrolling in primary school after a certain age. Older students who are able to enrol in formal education systems are much more likely to drop out early, and when there is an influx of over age learners, there is not only the potential problem of further overcrowding classrooms and difficult teaching conditions with multiple age ranges, but there are also considerable protection risks in mixing older and younger children in one class. Certified Accelerated Education Programmes are a key strategy to allow these over age learners to access an age appropriate education.

AEPs reduce the number of years in a learning cycle, and allow learners to complete a certified, equivalent level of education in a shortened time frame. Once the AEP has been completed, it is hoped that learners will reintegrate into the regular formal schooling system, enter into skills-based technical and vocational education, or directly into the workforce with certified literacy and numeracy skills in place. 

The structure of AEPs vary: in their pace of acceleration, the age ranges they target, and the approach to teaching and learning that they employ. Most AEPs are multiple exit and multiple entry meaning that once a learner has completed the appropriate levels of an AEP and are the right age for the right grade they can transition into formal education; or that a student who has dropped out in Grade 3 does not have to begin an AEP in level one.

COVID-19 meant the world needed to rapidly scale up flexible education options to reach all learners. During this time the AEWG developed several tools  to provide guidance for donors, implementers, and education systems to help all learners catch up when schools began to reopen. Please see below specific resources on the response to COVID-19 including: Guidance on Condensing a Curriculum, Pathways for the Return to Learning and 10 Principles for helping learners catch up and return to learning.

For more information on INEE’s Accelerated Education Working Group (AEWG) and to access the AEWG tools and resources, please visit the AEWG webpage. Further details on the AEWG areas of focus  are available in the AEWG 2022-23 Brief. An overview of the AEWG’s work in 2021 is available here.

This collection was developed with the support of Martha Hewison, AEWG Coordinator.

Manual/Handbook/Guide

Accelerated Education Definitions

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Accelerated Education Working Group (AEWG)

With a succinct one-page Accelerated Education Definitions document, the AEWG has clarified the differences between several key terms, including: Accelerated Education, accelerated learning, catch-up programs, remedial programs, and bridging programs.

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Accelerated Education 10 Principles for Effective Practice

Published by
Accelerated Education Working Group (AEWG)

These 10 principles aim to clarify the essential components of effective accelerated education programmes (AEP).

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Infographic

10 Principles for Effective Practice Poster

Published by
Accelerated Education Working Group (AEWG)

This is a printable poster that includes all 10 Principles. Great for workshops or to hang up in your office as a reminder of the key components of any Accelerated Education programme!

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Accelerated Education Decision Tree

Published by
Accelerated Education Working Group (AEWG)

A one-page diagram/tool for deciding when to use accelerated education programming.

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COVID-19: Pathways for the Return to Learning

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Accelerated Education Working Group (AEWG)

As education systems start to reopen and support students to return, four responses are most relevant in the return to learning: extended instructional time, catch-up programmes, remedial education, and accelerated education programmes. These programmes increase the amount of instructional time, provide additional support, or prioritise learning outcomes to help learners get back on track

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Catch-up Programmes: 10 Principles for Helping Learners Catch Up and Return to Learning

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Accelerated Education Working Group (AEWG)

Building on the AEWG’s programme definitions and our expertise in AE and other non-formal or alternative education options that accelerate the acquisition of knowledge and skills, the AEWG developed this set of principles and action points for catch-up programmes.

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COVID-19 Pathways for the Return to Learning: Guidance on Condensing a Curriculum

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Accelerated Education Working Group (AEWG)

The goal of this document is to assist Ministries of Education (MoEs), district offices, curriculum developers, and implementing partners in developing a condensed curriculum for primary school or guiding practitioners to do so. 

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Condensing a Curriculum for Accelerated Education: An A to Z Guide

Published by
Accelerated Education Working Group (AEWG)

The purpose of this guide, Condensing a Curriculum for Accelerated Education: An A to Z Guide, is to help Ministries of
Education (MoE), development partners, and implementing organisations develop a comprehensive AE curriculum—a curriculum that prioritises and condenses primary level knowledge and skills—to guide and support teaching and learning in AEPs.

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Accelerated Education Programme Checklist

Published by
Accelerated Education Working Group (AEWG)

Aligning your programme with Principles and Action Points The Accelerated Education Programme (AEP) Checklist was created as a tool for programme designers, implementers, evaluators and agencies to use alongside the AEWG Guide to the Accelerated Education Principles.

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Manual/Handbook/Guide

Accelerated Education: Guide to the Principles

Published by
Accelerated Education Working Group (AEWG)
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Enabling Education Network (EENET)

The inter-agency Accelerated Education Working Group (AEWG) reviewed and distilled a set of global good practices and guidelines for AEPs. This guide helps establish what is considered good practice, and is intended to evolve into a standard.

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Accelerated Education Programme Monitoring & Evaluation Toolkit

Published by
Accelerated Education Working Group (AEWG)

The purpose of this toolkit is to support the design and implementation of M&E Frameworks for specific accelerated education programmes in order to support learning and accountability.

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Training Material

Accelerated Education Workshop: Policy and Practice in Accelerated Education

Published by
Accelerated Education Working Group (AEWG)

The purpose of this five-day training is to build participants’ knowledge and skills in the fundamentals of Accelerated Education (AE) programming. This training is intended for anyone involved in designing and implementing AE programmes and technical-level staff working on AE or non-formal education policy within a ministry of education.

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Report

Accelerated Education in the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda

Published by
Accelerated Education Working Group (AEWG)
Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE)

This report focuses on Accelerated Education (AE) in DRC, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, where BRICE funded partners provided AE to conflict-affected children. AE is a crucial intervention for over-age, out-of-school children and youth aged 10-18 years. 

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Concept Note

Accelerated Education Working Group Learning Agenda

Published by
Accelerated Education Working Group (AEWG)

This Learning Agenda, developed by the Accelerated Education Working Group (AEWG), aims to organize and generate evidence to inform strategic planning, project design, project implementation, monitoring and evaluation and in-service training efforts of Accelerated Education (AE).

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Advocacy Statement

The Case for Accelerated Education

Published by
Accelerated Education Working Group (AEWG)

The Education 2030: Framework for Action identifies the need for non-formal and informal education programming which affords flexible and alternative pathways and entry/re-entry points into the formal education system.

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Video

Accelerated Education Programs

Published by
Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE)

Accelerated Education (AE) is flexible, age-appropriate programming that promotes access to education in an accelerated timeframe for disadvantaged groups. This video is a product of the Accelerated Education Working Group, and developed by Wildeman Media, 2017.

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Manual/Handbook/Guide

Accelerated Education Evidence Review

Published by
Accelerated Education Working Group (AEWG)

This evidence review collates and analyses recent evidence from a range of accelerated education programmes (AEP) globally. 

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Case Study

Accelerated Education Principles Case Studies

Published by
Accelerated Education Working Group (AEWG)

In 2016, the AEWG developed 10 Principles for Effective Practice for Accelerated Education and an accompanying Guide to Accelerated Education Principles. Field testing of these two tools was conducted between mid-2016 and March 2017.

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Webcast on Accelerated Education: 10 principles and pocket guide for effective practice

Published by
Accelerated Education Working Group (AEWG)
Education in Crisis & Conflict Network (ECCN)
US Agency for International Development (USAID)

USAID ECCN, in partnership with the Inter-Agency Accelerated Education Working Group (AEWG), hosted a webcast on June 9 featuring a first preview of the AEWG’s Accelerated Education pocket guide, featuring 10 key principles of Accelerated Education.

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