Second Chance Education
Bantwana’s Second Chance Education model is an accelerated learning program that helps out-of-school children catch up in school with an integrated package of academic skills, life skills, and case management support.
Bantwana developed a three-level literacy and numeracy curriculum that prepares previously 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. 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.
In 2014, 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.
For non-formal alternatives for secondary school age children and children with disabilities for whom reintegration is more difficult, 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 the Press:
26 March 2017: The Sunday Mail, a Zimbabwean newspaper – Non-formal education: Alternative pathway