Many children still struggle to attend school and, of those that do attend, too high a number receive an education inappropriate to their needs. The social and economic arguments for striving for further access gains are clear; education is a right and improving educational access allows children to fulfil their potential and creates more prosperous families and communities. 

Reaching universal enrolment in basic education is still a challenge with those out-of-school requiring specifically targeted initiatives, often aimed at remote populations or under-represented minorities. Governments also struggle to minimise the disruption caused by ongoing conflict.

Adam Smith International has experience in implementing innovative and culturally sensitive programmes to increase access.

We have experience in the following areas:

  • Stipends and conditional transfers: monthly stipends to pupils to pay fees, conditional transfers to families to enrol their children, action research into innovative enrolment techniques.
  • Facilities: school infrastructure development (including boundary walls and dormitories), WASH facilities, climate resilient schools.
  • Training: head-teacher/teacher training on Special Educational Needs, design of pre-service teacher training for inclusive education, linking training to retention of marginalised groups.
  • Advocacy: pupil enrolment campaigns, civil society engagement, developing media strategies, website development.