Let Us Learn

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Key Information

Founded by philanthropists Susan Cummings-Findel and Stefan Findel in partnership with UNICEF, Let Us Learn launched in 2011 in AfghanistanBangladeshLiberiaMadagascar and Nepal — five countries UNICEF identified as having outstanding and severe issues of equity in education and high levels of out-of-school children.

Let Us Learn programs are localized and tailored to each country's — and each community's — specific needs and utilize the following strategies:

  1. Community Based Education: Let Us Learn education programs are often hosted in local centers in small class sizes. UNICEF mobilizes parents, educators and community leaders to support quality education and transform harmful social practices that keep girls and marginalized children out of school. 

  2. Flexible Learning Models: UNICEF promotes multi-education, personalized pathways at the community-level — such as accelerated, supplemental and after-school learning programs — to help students struggling in formal schooling and out-of-school children catch up on learning.

  3. Targeted Interventions: UNICEF’s Let Us Learn strategy prioritizes supporting the hardest-to-reach and most marginalized children, including those with disabilities or with specific cultural or linguistic needs. UNICEF develops and provides resources in different languages, specialized trainings for educators, personalized learning pathways and more.  

  4. Holistic Education Frameworks: UNICEF recognizes that there are many factors that impact children’s ability to attend school: distance, cost, safety, facility access/availability and social barriers. UNICEF initiatives — providing scholarships and cash transfers, offering meals at learning spaces, establishing child-friendly schools and building sanitation facilities — help lessen the hurdles children face while pursuing an education. 

  5. Policy Alignment: UNICEF works to create lasting, sustainable change. By integrating Let Us Learn initiatives and guidance into national and local education systems and policies, quality and accessible learning is prioritized and put on a path to become the norm. 

Through Let Us Learn, UNICEF is helping children exercise their right to education so that they can reach their full potential. To date, more than 3.6 million children — more than half of them girls — as well as parents and school staff have benefitted from the program. 

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Liberia, Madagascar, Nepal

Government Affiliation

Non-governmental program


2011 -


Not applicable or unknown

Ministry Affiliation



Not applicable or unknown

COVID-19 Response


Geographic Scope

Global / regional

Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Primary completion


  • Early childhood development


  • School facilities
  • School quality
  • Teacher training

Cross-cutting areas

  • Community sensitization
  • Gender equality
  • WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene)

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Boys (both in school and out of school), Girls (both in school and out of school), Youth


Not applicable or unknown

School Enrolment Status

Some in school

School Level

  • Lower primary
  • Upper primary
  • Lower secondary
  • Upper secondary

Other populations reached

  • Teachers - female
  • Teachers - male

Participants include

  • Orphans and vulnerable children
  • People with disabilities

Program Approaches Back to Top

Access to school

  • Alternative learning centers/mobile schools/home schools

Community engagement/advocacy/sensitization

  • Community mobilization

Policy/legal environment

  • Advocating changes to existing laws/policies

Reducing economic barriers

  • Conditional cash transfers (including non-cash goods) to individuals/households
  • Scholarships/stipends for school fees

School-related gender-based violence

  • Safe and welcoming schools
  • Safe transportation
  • Training of school personnel (including teachers)

Water and sanitation

  • Construction/improvement of sex-specific toilets

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Gender parity and non-discrimination are promoted at all subjects/education levels
  • Improved academic skills (literacy and numeracy)
  • Increased grade attainment
  • Teachers and learners have the knowledge and skills to promote gender equality

Cross-cutting goals

Not applicable or unknown