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Second Chance Education Program

Dates: 2012-2016

Country: Zimbabwe

Client(s): GTZ, OSISA, UNICEF

Services: Capacity Building, Curriculum Development, Teacher Training

Expertise: Life Skills Training, Sustainable Agriculture/Food Security, Basic Education for Children and Adults, Girls' and Women's Education, HIV and AIDS

Website: http://bantwana.org/where-we-work/zimbabwe/


In some areas of Zimbabwe, up to 20% of youth are not attending school. The Second Chance Education Program is an accelerated learning model that helps out-of-school children catch up in school with an integrated package of academic skills, life skills, and case management support.

World Education's Bantwana Initiative developed a three-level literacy and numeracy curriculum that prepares out-of-school children to write their Grade 7 examinations and integrate back into the formal school system.

Second chance education targets children who may be orphaned, HIV positive, or disabled, as well as those who come from poor families, child-headed households, or who live on the streets and cannot afford to go to school. It places particular emphasis on girls and prioritizes child protection, gender, HIV & AIDS, and disability issues. Children who need additional services are referred to Case Care Workers.

For non-formal alternatives for secondary school age children and children with disabilities for whom reintegration is more difficult, World Education/Bantwana provides life skills training, as well as a Part-Time and Continuing Education (PTCE) and inclusive education program, which includes the strengthening of community learning sites, and advocating for inclusion of children with disabilities and older youth in the formal education sector.

In 2014, World Education/Bantwana and the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education (MoPSE) scaled up this second chance education model to more than 602 schools in 25 districts reaching more than 32,000 children.