Capacity Building- Evaluation of the Accelerated Learning Program in Liberia

I have often thought that the results of new research on the brain and accelerated forms of learning should be more accessible to developing countries. In my work I have been able to use research on the brain to challenge accepted forms of discipline and provide reasoned discussion about children’s rights. This report , by the Norwegian Refugee Council, formulates the advantages of using accelerated learning methods in post conflict contexts and suggests further improvements to such an approach.

Evaluation of the Accelerated Learning Program in Liberia

NRC has recently had an evaluation done of the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) in Liberia, which has been running since 2005. The main conclusions in the evaluation of the ALP in Liberia are:

  • The education delivered through the programme has been of high quality measured both by the fairly high retention rates and performance levels of ALP learners.
  • A main reason for this achievement has been the frequent teacher support and supervision which have ensured teacher attendance and quality of teaching.
  • The ALP curriculum does not sufficiently take into account the learning needs of children which have never been to school.
  • The additional components of young mothers’ classes and adult literacy have contributed to improved attendance- and completion rates among girls.
  • To strengthen sustainability NRC should have ensured stronger collaboration and coordination with the Liberia Ministry of Education at national and local levels.
  • The evaluation is being used to develop NRC’s exit strategy from the ALP program in Liberia, and also to inform ALP programs in other NRC Country Programs.

The evaluation is being used to develop NRC’s exit strategy from the ALP program in Liberia (NRC will begin to phase out in June 2010) and also to inform ALP programs in other NRC Country Programs.

To view the full report click here.

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