What is Accelerated Education?
Around the world, more than 263 million children and adolescents are out of school. For many of these children and youth, the formal schooling system may no longer be a viable option. Accelerated Education is an alternative. Accelerated Education Programs (AEPs) are flexible, age-appropriate programs run in an accelerated timeframe that allow those who have missed out on education to catch up. The goal is to provide learners with a basic education that is certified and equivalent to the formal schooling system.
This website provides a comprehensive collection of information about Accelerated Education, as developed by the Accelerated Education Working Group. You will find valuable tools, guidance notes, reports, and case studies as well as multimedia resources in which experts discuss what works best and how to design, adapt, and implement an AEP.
What is the Accelerated Education Working Group?
The Accelerated Education Working Group (AEWG) is comprised of education partners working in Accelerated Education (AE). It is currently led by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), with representatives from UNICEF, UNESCO, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Education in Crisis and Conflict Network (ECCN), the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Plan International, the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Save the Children, and War Child Holland.
What is the AEWG’s goal and what does it do?
The AEWG’s goal is to improve the quality of AEPs through developing guidance and tools to support a more harmonized, standardized approach to Accelerated Education.
In recent years, Accelerated Education programs (AEPs) have been employed with greater scope and scale as one of several solutions to the intractable issues of attracting and retaining out of school and overage learners within the formal education system. Yet, widespread variation exists in how AEPs are planned, implemented, and approached, with little or no overarching objectives, guidance, standards or indicators for what effective Accelerated Education (AE) provision looks like.
In response to this challenge, the AEWG has made significant investment and efforts to develop a conceptual framework for what constitutes good practice in AE. The development of the 10 Principles for Effective Practice and accompanying Guide to the Principles have created a foundation for improving program quality, design, implementation, and the assessment of results. Please see Resources for all of the AEWG’s tools and guidance.
The AEWG works in three main areas:
- Systems-level engagement and uptake for Quality AE;
- Influencing quality provision through the development of tools and guidance;
- Strengthening the evidence base.
For more details of what the AEWG does, please see the AEWG 2019 Brief.
To contact the AEWG, please write to Martha Hewison at email@example.com.
The AEWG has developed a pack of tools and guidance for AE in multiple languages, including English, French, Arabic, and Spanish.
The foundation of all the tools and guidance are the 10 Principles for Effective Practice which capture the key components of any AE Program. In addition, the AEWG developed an agreed definition for AE as well as other key program terms, a checklist to help align your program against the Principles and a Guide to the Principles which further details the 10 Principles.
When initially developing these materials, the AEWG piloted them in three countries. Detailed case studies from Afghanistan, the Dadaab refugee camp in northeast Kenya, and Sierra Leone as well as an overall synthesis report and executive summary are all included below, in the additional resources. Strengthening the evidence base is a key area of work for the AEWG. Here the AEWG has developed a Learning Agenda for AE, which can also be found below.
The AEWG is currently working on a Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning framework, which will be out by the end of 2019.
- AEWG Brief 2019
- AEWG Guide to the Principles (English | French | Arabic | Spanish)
AEWG Accelerated Education Definitions (English | French | Arabic | Spanish)
Accelerated Education: 10 Principles for Effective Practice (English | French | Arabic | Spanish)
AEWG Brief: The Case for Accelerated Education (English | French | Arabic | Spanish)
- AEWG Checklist (English | French | Arabic | Spanish)
- AEWG Learning Agenda (English | French | Arabic | Spanish)
- AEWG Executive Summary Accelerated Education Field Study
- AEWG Synthesis Report Accelerated Education Principles Field Study
- Accelerated Education Working Group Directions 2018
- AEWG ECCN Webcast Presentation
You might also be interested in the slide decks and handouts from AEWG’s presence at CIES 2019 in San Francisco, as well as the three blog posts they have authored: AEWG at CIES 2019: Talking Evidence and Tools, Making a Case for Accelerated Education: How It Can Be Done and a reflection on AEWG at CIES 2018 in Mexico City, titled Making the Case for Accelerated Education. In addition, the findings from the field studies are available below.
Additional Resources: Case Studies
In 2018, the Accelerated Education Working Group (AEWG) is working in three major areas:
- Systems-level engagement for Quality AE
The AEWG wants donors and governments to recognize Accelerated Education (AE) as an important strategy for connecting humanitarian, early-recovery, and development programming.
- Improve the quality of Accelerated Education Programs (AEPs)
The AEWG wants to develop an M&E framework for AEPs that can be adapted to specific program designs, but still have a set of common indicators and outcome statements.
- Strengthening the evidence base
Developing a value-for-money case for AE is a critical missing component of the evidence base at present and the AEWG will explore developing this case in 2018. The AEWG will also continue to support and nurture existing and new research partnerships.