Millions of children worldwide miss out on education. Affected by war and conflict, multiple barriers prevent them from unlocking their potential. War Child Holland designed Can't Wait to Learn to tackle this problem. It is a curriculum-based, context-specific solution, which brings together the know-how of locally based education stakeholders, such as Ministries of Education, international and community-based organisations alongside international expertise in software development, game development and design.
Findings to date show that Can’t Wait to Learn works; children learn, and they learn fast. In Sudan, children participating in Can’t Wait to Learn improved nearly twice as much in maths and almost three times as much in reading as those using traditional approaches. They also learned at roughly twice the rate of their peers in government alternative learning programs. In Lebanon, on average children playing Can't Wait to Learn improved their math mastery score by 7% in just twelve weeks.
Can’t Wait to Learn has already been adopted by Education in Emergencies sector leaders in Jordan, Lebanon, Uganda and Sudan, with start-up in Chad beginning June 2019. There is huge potential for scaling up globally, to open up a new world for millions of children, many of whom have never been to school; the world of learning.