Partner with us to help end learning poverty

The Age of Learning Foundation is eager to partner with grantmaking organizations to address the global learning crisis. 

Grants made to the Foundation will support mastery learning initiatives that build institutional capacity in education systems, improve teaching, engage families, and help children achieve foundational literacy, numeracy, social emotional competencies, and life skills. 

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

Improving education requires approaches that deliver holistic solutions for the whole child

The global education community appears to be divided about which skills children need the most from education. But the COVID19 pandemic amplified the reality that the education crisis is affecting all aspects of child development. 

Children are missing out on building foundational literacy and numeracy skills. They are also being denied an opportunity to develop positive learner identities, social emotional competencies, digital literacy, and life and career skills for the future. 

Efforts to end learning poverty must therefore be holistic and integrated, with the ability to address children’s learning needs comprehensively.

Help us deliver Literacy & Numeracy Social Emotional Learning 21st Century Skills Digital Literacy

Foundational SkillsMastery learning helps children build speaking, listening, reading, writing, and math skills.

21st Century SkillsThrough gamification, mastery learning helps children to think critically, solve problems, and be creative.

Social Emotional LearningLearning through play and collaboration in mastery learning help cultivate social-emotional skills.

Digital LiteracyMastery learning uses connected solutions that make technology familiar and help close the digital divide.

If we hope to serve the whole child, then we need solutions and approaches that will educate the whole child.

Make a grant to help us expand access to mastery learning

Every child deserves to experience discovery, mastery, and creativity in learning. Most education systems need help to reverse learning loss and respond to learning poverty.

As an education philanthropy partner, you can help us implement programs and deliver solutions that transform education systems, schools, and classrooms into mastery learning centers of excellence.

Ending learning poverty
is within our reach

With mastery learning children will have acquire the foundational, social emotional, digital, and life skillsthey need to build meaningful lives and livelihoods. 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 mastery learning solutions, capacity development, and institution building support available to education systems, schools, and classrooms at no cost

Together, we can help 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. GrantmakingWe partner with grantmakers to unlock the potential of philanthropy to radically transform learning.

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

Education Philanthropy for Mastery Learning

The Age of Learning Foundation is excited to work with new education philanthropy partners. 

We are eager to co-create new mastery learning opportunities that allow your grantmaking to achieve the results and make the impact you intend.

Let us co-create the future of learning together.

Exciting times for education philanthropy

The learning crisis requires different responses from education philanthropy.  There is need for new modes of collaboration, new strategies for social innovation, new forms of program delivery, new approaches to systems change, and new advancements in technology. The Age of Learning Foundation presents catalytic opportunities for education philanthropy to meet the moment.

Together, we can help end learning poverty.

  • Aligning Government and Philanthropy: Our approach prioritizes local goals and deepens public, civic, and philanthropic trust.
  • Managing Intersectionality: Our work facilitates interconnectivity between education, gender, work, technology, and other sectors.
  • Localizing Grantmaking: Our model relies upon close partnership and funding of local implementing partner organizations. 
  • Technology Innovation: Our solutions are designed to accelerate technology adoption and improve data quality in education. 
  • Increasing Donor Diversity: Our strategies drive sustainability by involving the continuum of funders from individuals to institutions.
  • Moving Beyond Programs to Collective Action: Our programs support different collaboration formats for education philanthropy.

Partners make the Difference

How grantmaking can help ...


IdentityFoundationalSocial EmotionalLife Skills

The Age of Learning Foundation‘s mastery learning programs and initiatives support children’s acquisition of discovery, foundational, social emotional, and life skills. We blend the best of children’s interactions with teachers, technology, and their families to help optimize their ability to master what they learn. Our approaches support the whole child.  

Funding partners can help us test, evidence, scale, and mainstream mastery learning solutions and programs across low- and lower-middle-income countries. 



There can be no quality learning without quality teaching. The fourth industrial revolution has gifted us with mastery learning solutions that can serve as effective classroom helpers for teachers. With children productively engaged, teachers now have the time, space, and opportunity they need to transform themselves into effective one-to-one tutors. This way, children can experience mastery learning both online and offline, seamlessly.   

Funding partners can help us provide the asynchronous, virtual, and in-person professional development and support teachers need to to transform their classrooms into mastery learning centers of excellence.



Families are vital actors in the learning process, but they are often neglected in conventional education delivery approaches. We believe that the role of families is indispensable. We therefore work to encourage active family participation to reinforce learning that happens in the classroom. Both home and school should be part of the ecosystem through which children discover their Mastery Learner Identity. Our solutions and approaches provide families with recommended offline family activities and real-time data to increase their participation and agency in learning.

Funding partners can help us reach millions of households and provide families the support they need to support children’s progress to mastery. 

Education Systems


The ultimate goal is to help education systems undergo radical transformation from their focus on standardized education, to a prioritization of personalized mastery learning. This will require education ministries, ICT ministries, finance ministries, and nongovernment stakeholders to work together, building the institutions, strengthening the institutions, and breaking down the barriers that prevent children from learning.   

Funding partners can help provide education systems the runway they need to put policies, funding, and delivery systems in place, and implement mastery learning sustainably and effectively. 

Get in Touch

The Age of Learning Foundation is eager to partner with education philanthropy institutions. 

Get in touch with us if you would like to learn more about partnering. 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 children master what they learn.

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 to master what they learn.

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 through the work we do in partner countries.

Kwame Akyeampong
Professor at Open University

George Werner
Former Liberian Education Minister

Blake Spahn
Vice Chancellor at Dwight School

Annina Mattson
International Consultant at United Arab Emirates

Carmen Mayela
Chairwoman at CCK