The research component of ACCESS has stopped following termination of funding. See here for more information.


Promoting systems-level change for out-of-school children and youth
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For approximately 258 million children and youth, access to education is out of reach due to conflict, poverty, natural disaster, or forced displacement. 

We believe that they should have the opportunity to begin or return to school if they so choose. 

This is why we are undertaking a 44-month research project, ACCESS: Accelerating Change for Children’s and Youths’ Education through Systems Strengthening, which investigates the feasibility and process of embedding Accelerated Education Programmes (AEP) in five countries, drawing on the expertise of researchers and educational stakeholders in each.  

What is ACCESS?

Where we work

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Discontinuation of Funding for the ACCESS Programme

In reference to the articles that were published in relation to the Research Agreement between Dubai Cares, the University of Auckland and the University of Auckland Foundation titled "Accelerating Systemic-level Change to Better Support Learning Opportunities for the...

Modelos Educativos Flexibles: Una Apuesta que Unifica a la Sociedad Civil en Respuesta a la Crisis Educativa en Colombia

Es importante reiterar que el Grupo de Trabajo ha sido un espacio de intercambio de experiencias. Desde la creación del Grupo el Ministerio ha visto una oportunidad en que se generen articulaciones entre las organizaciones, debido a que hay menor desgaste de la institucionalidad a causa de comunicaciones bilaterales y procesos desarticulados.

ABEP National Task Team: Keeping the hope alive

We believe that with support from donors and partners we shall be able to actualise our goal of giving opportunity to the millions of overage children and youth in Nigeria to access quality basic education through the accelerated education option.

AEWG update: Lessons learned from ACCESS 

The INEE AEWG has benefited greatly from the findings of this research in refining its areas of focus and ways of working.

Race and erasure: Why the world’s other humanitarian crises don’t see the same response as Ukraine

Acknowledging structural racism within humanitarianism would require ceding power and authority to those who have been marginalised.

ACCESS: Transition to Phase 2

ACCESS Phase 2 has the objectives of supporting a process of change towards greater institutionalisation of AEPs and flexible education programming, while also understanding the enabling and constraining factors towards this type of change.

Healing the wounds of forced displacement: the power of education

Throughout the first year of ACCESS, our researchers have found that often, the actions of donors, civil society, government to strengthen education provision for out of school children and youth maintains the status quo. While this work is necessary, it is insufficient to achieve the types of far-reaching, bold or disruptive change which the UN Secretary General notes is required. It also precludes these OOSCY from accessing the types of learning opportunities they need and demand.

Opportunities and challenges to systemic change: Findings from Phase 1 Research

A year into the project, we’re identifying opportunities and bottlenecks to making Accelerated Education programmes and other non-formal approaches to education more accessible, available, adaptable and acceptable to out of school children in youth in Jordan, Colombia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Uganda.

Friendship and Care as True Partnership in Research: A Personal Reflection

In ACCESS, we not only focus on what we do, but how we do it. We strive for co-production of our research. That was our entry into the panel—how we create true and equal partnership within the research team. During that panel, and in many instances throughout ACCESS, I’ve been reflecting on what true partnership means to me. I’ve come to realize that one of the most important elements of true partnership is friendship—truly caring about each other.

Why can’t the west welcome all refugees?

Why is it that these refugees have been welcomed with open arms, while other recent waves of refugees have been walled off, contained, detained, and denied protection and access to basic services? Dr. Ritesh Shah, Project Lead, ACCESS The humanitarian response to...
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