The Case for Accelerated Education
There are approximately 263 million children and youth out of school globally today. Conflict, poverty, and other forms of marginalisation often preclude children from entering into school in the first place, or force them to drop out of school earlier than they should. The most vulnerable and marginalised – often displaced children and young people, excombatants, girls and children with disabilities – are most likely to find it difficult to access and complete their education.
In response, 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. Importantly, it is acknowledged that the knowledge, skills, and competencies acquired in these programmes should be recognised, validated and accredited. Accelerated education programming serves both mandates.
Accelerated Education (AE) programmes are used to promote access to certified education for children and adolescents who have missed out on substantial amounts of schooling.