Millions of children are denied the right to a quality education - and the chance of a better future

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“We are proud that hundreds of thousands of children are able to learn in the midst of conflict with the support of Can't Wait to Learn. Learning to read and understand how maths is used in the real world are foundational steps in children's ability to actively influence the decisions that affect their lives.”

Luke Stannard, Can’t Wait to Learn Programme Director

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The education gap

  • 78.2 million children experience disruption to their education as a result of humanitarian crises
  • Access to quality education is limited - schools are scarce, teachers are overburdened and many children can’t access formal education
  • These challenges have led to a critical education gap - a gap not met by current levels of humanitarian funding

Learning through play

Can’t Wait to Learn utilises custom gaming technology to deliver quality education to children - no matter where they are.

The programme sees children living amidst violence and conflict learn to read, write and count by playing educational games on tablet and mobile devices.


How it works


Children at the heart

All design elements are created in partnership with the children. This way they are immersed in a world that reflects their reality - and can focus on learning right away.

Their progress is monitored against government curriculum standards and feedback from users serves to inform and improve the game content.



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In Sudan, research results show that children following Can't Wait to Learn improved their reading skills almost 2.7 times more than children following the Government Alternative Learning Programme (ALP).

They also improved their maths skills by nearly twice as much in comparison.



Can't Wait to Learn is currently active in eight countries:

Our journey in animation

Can't Wait to Learn Story


Our partners

The programme draws upon the power of partnerships across many sectors - including ministries of education, technology experts, research institutes, local implementing organisations and international NGOs and UN agencies.

Interested in partnering with Can’t Wait to Learn and contributing to our scaling journey? Contact us.

Current research

KIX collab

Thanks to funding from the IDRC and GPE, we have embarked on an exciting partnership with the Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX). Together we are conducting research to determine how EdTech innovations like Can't Wait to Learn can be adapted and scaled to improve the quality of education in low-resource settings.

A major milestone for the programme, we recently completed a randomised controlled trial (RCT) in Uganda. Learn more here.

Next steps

Scaling up

Ten years of experience taking Can't Wait to Learn from pilot to programme have accumulated in a dedicated scaling strategy. Now, we will use that strategy to scale exponentially with and through our network of partners.

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The Can’t Wait to Learn research agenda evaluates programme economy, efficiency, effectiveness and equity performance as measured against the Value for Money framework of the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

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