Give children a chance
to master what they learn

70 percent of children are facing learning poverty. They are reaching age 10 without learning to read simple sentences, complete basic math tasks, grow social emotionally, or build positive learner identities. 

You can help millions of children in Africa, Central America, South Asia, and the Middle East by making a Mastery Learning Giving Pledge.

The Challenge

Even before the pandemic, over 250 million children were out of school, and 617 million were in school, but not learning. COVID19 only made things worse. Today, very few countries are on track to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4.

Children in school but not learning

The Bottleneck

Standardized learning has been failing children ever since schools were made in the image of factories during the first industrial revolution. 

But children are not factory widgets. They are uniquely distinct, as their DNA and fingerprints attest. Unsurprisingly, individual children have different learning needs, interests, and aspirations.  

We need to personalize learning so that every child can master what they learn

The Solution

Technology acceleration during the fourth industrial revolution has gifted us with mastery learning solutions that enable us to fundamentally improve learning. 

We can now personalize learning in ways that allow children to learn in their own way and at their own pace. This will help enable each child to master skill after skill successfully, as they navigate a knowledge map of of learning activities, carefully selected and organized specifically for them.

While children are productively engaged on the mastery learning solutions, teachers will be afforded the time, space, and opportunity to transform themselves into skillful one-to-one tutors. Tutors who can support mastery learning offline.  

At home, these solutions allow parents to become active participants in learning. 

The trifecta will help children stay focused and in the “zone,” mastering what they learn.

Your greatest gift could be
a mastery learning giving pledge

Mastery learning has the potential to reach millions of children and to achieve significant improvement in education. You can be the difference that helps change the world.

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Children reached

Our Progress and Goals

Since 2020, the Age of Learning Foundation has reached over 13.5 million children. Within the next five years, we aim to reach 50 million children through television and 20 million children at school through mastery learning. 

What We Do

The Age of Learning Foundation is a U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to fundamentally improve education for children in low- and lower-middle-income countries. We partner with education ministries, local implementers, funding partners, and other stakeholders, making our mastery learning solutions, capacity development, and institution building support available to education systems, schools, and classrooms at no cost

Together, we can end learning poverty.

1. Country PartnershipsWe partner with education ministries to pilot, scale, and mainstream mastery learning programs.

2. Mastery SolutionsWe introduce solutions to help children discover their identity as mastery learners.

3. Teacher DevelopmentWe help teachers develop into effective tutors who can support each child’s mastery journey. 

4. Family InvolvementWe engage families in learning so that each child can thrive at the center of a mastery learning ecosystem.

5. Giving PledgeWe help forward thinking philanthropists fund mastery learning initiatives to improve children’s education.

6. Learning OutcomesTogether, we can help all children master what they learn in their own way and at their own pace.

The Mastery Learning Giving Pledge

With the Age of Learning Foundation, you can build a legacy, leave a legacy, or do both, by making a mastery learning giving pledge.  

Translate your financial success into mastery learning opportunities for children in Africa, Central America, South Asia, and the Middle East. 

Make a giving pledge to co-create the future with us.

Design a Pledge

Choose one or more of these options to tailor your mastery learning giving pledge for the impact you want to see.


How it Works

Your Opportunity

A giving pledge with the Age of Learning Foundation is a three-year funding commitment to help millions of children build foundational literacy and numeracy, social-emotional competencies, and other learning and life skills.

Making a giving pledge is straightforward. It begins by you signing a commitment letter and grant agreement with us. We then work closely with you, as you determined how much to give and where to allocate your commitment. 

Your Impact

Over the three years of your funding commitment, the Age of Learning Foundation keeps you actively involved and informed on the impact your giving pledge is making.

  • Newsletter updates: Stay connected through monthly newsletters that bring insights, interviews, and information from partnering schools and countries.
  • Semi-annual reports: Digest findings, analysis, and data on our program progress, results, outcomes, and the impact of your giving pledge.
  • Site Visits: See the work firsthand, by coming on location with us and other pledges who are eager to see transformation in action.
  • Convening: Participate in a variety of virtual and in-person gatherings, from fireside chats, to retreats and summits designed to build community.

Bringing an End to Learning Poverty

Ways to Pledge

The Age of Learning Foundation offers six options to set your pledge. Each one is designed to optimize the reach and impact of your philanthropic giving.


$3 million
over 3 years

Investment in the overall effectiveness, growth, and impact of our work.


$1.5 million
over 3 years

Launch and incubation of mastery learning programs in new countries.


$1 million
over 3 years

Capacity and institution building of education ministries and systems. 


over 3 years

Creation of new solutions, content, platforms, and initiatives.


over 3 years

Support for program-related research, evidence, monitoring, and evaluation.


over 3 years

Cultivation of teachers, leaders, and technologists who deliver learning.

Want to make a smaller gift? Please review our individual giving opportunities >>

Get in Touch

The Age of Learning Foundation is eager to partner with changemaker philanthropists, like you. 

Please get in touch with us if you would like to learn more about making a giving pledge.

If we work together on the right initiatives, with the right focus and right sense of urgency, we can give our global children a chance to learn and build the future they deserve to experience. 

Contact us to learn more

Where we Operate

The Age of Learning Foundation works across Africa, Central America, South Asia, and the Middle East. 

We are currently present in six countries and are sowing seeds to actively grow our footprint, reach, and impact.

70 percent of children worldwide are facing learning poverty. They are reaching the age of 10 without being able to read simple sentences, complete basic math, establish strong learner identities, or build social relationships. 

We can help improve learning for children across the world.

The Zone of Proximal Development

You have heard of athletes getting into the “zone.” Learning is just like that. There is a zone where children can experience “learning flow.” Lev Vygotsky, the Russian child psychologist, called it the Zone of Proximal Development. It is that remarkable space where learning is neither too difficult nor too easy. It is just right to help children build a true love of learning and acquire the tools and skills they need for mastery.

One-to-one mastery learning for all

Benjamin Bloom, the American education psychologist, discovered that children who receive one-to-one mastery learning perform much better than peers in conventional classrooms. Bloom therefore challenged the world to identify methods of group instruction that could be as effective as one-to-one tutoring. The Age of Learning Foundation is answering Bloom’s call in our partner countries.

Kwame Akyeampong
Professor at Open University

George Werner
Former Liberian Education Minister

Dzingai Mutumbuka
Former Zimbabwean Education Minister

David Jenkins
CFO at The Climate Reality Project

Brendon Moyo
Independent Consultant

Blake Spahn
Vice Chancellor at Dwight School

Annina Mattson
International Consultant at United Arab Emirates

Alexandra Weldon
Head of Global Philanthropy at Mohari Hospitality

Carmen Mayela
Chairwoman at CCK