Accelerate with Care: Towards Gender-Responsive Accelerated Secondary Education

When conflict and crises, marginalisation, and poverty cause disruptions to learning, Accelerated Education Programmes (AEPs) can offer children and youth the opportunity to continue their education. AEPs allow out-of-school, overaged children and youth flexible and age-appropriate pathways to primary and secondary certification within a shortened time frame. While ample evidence exists about the effectiveness, potential, and challenges of implementing AEPs at the primary level, limited research exists at the secondary level.

The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and the Secondary Education Working Group (SEWG), with support from INEE’s Accelerated Education Working Group (AEWG), worked together on a report to examine the relevance and appropriateness of SAEPs, the factors that enable and challenge the potential of SAEPs in supporting progress through and completion of secondary education, and the extent to which SAEPs are gender-responsive.

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INEE Webinar


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Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE), Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), Secondary Education Working Group (SEWG), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)


Accelerated Education Program (AEP)
Levels of Learning - Secondary Education