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The Speed School program is designed by West African education experts in partnership with Strømme Foundation in 2004. It is a nine-month intervention that provide access to education for out-of-school children (OOSC) aged 8-12 and enable them to enroll in a local school to complete their primary education. It consists of a condensed curriculum covering the first three years of primary education, and teaching is provided in a temporary school to groups with an average size of 25 learners. Upon completing the program, children are able to enroll in grade 4 of formal primary schools. Children are taught to read and write in their local language during the first two months, and then continue with an accelerated curriculum in French. The pedagogical approach was designed to encourage children to actively participate in classroom, with instructors providing intensified learning support.
This report presents the findings, conclusions, lessons learned and recommendations of an evaluation of the Speed School program implemented by Strømme Foundation in three West African countries: Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger. The evaluation is commissioned by Strømme Foundation with financing from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad).