Children around the world do not have access to school
The issue is most acute in sub-Saharan Africa – one in every three children, adolescents and youth are out of school – with girls more likely to be excluded than boys
Of children in sub-Saharan Africa without basic reading or math skills by the time they turn 11
Children struggle with overcrowded schools, limited materials, and inadequate services for special needs
Teachers will need to be recruited and trained globally to achieve universal primary and secondary education by 2030
Countries will need an unavailable volume of resources — billions of dollars and millions of new teachers — to provide universal access to school
Imagine finds solutions to common challenges so that child-directed, tech-enabled learning can scale to millions of children
Research results from small, short-term studies are promising. We need to continue to build on this evidence to understand more about the long-term potential to further children’s learning, as well as to better understand what works, where, and under what conditions.
Organizations are relatively small and not coordinated. A healthy ecosystem of actors can deliver programs in a sustainable way, with local partners driving implementation.
Few products are localized based on geographical, cultural, and linguistic contexts — which makes all the difference in a child’s ability to engage and learn.
Imagine Fills Critical Gaps: Evidence and Scale
We will build an evidence base, through a portfolio of demonstration sites, to show what works, how, and in what conditions. We contribute specialized measurement and evaluation expertise and bring together organizations that have local knowledge and contextualized products to deliver and sustain high-quality, affordable programs.
As we build evidence, we will support local and multinational organizations and governments to scale the work by codifying and sharing learnings, providing funding, and advising so that millions of children have access to quality learning opportunities.