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

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Driving research behind Can't Wait to Learn

Research Lead
“Can’t Wait to Learn has been informed by research since its inception - particularly with regard to replication and scale up. Recent findings from Sudan show that children following the programme improved more in literacy and numeracy compared to those in state-provided education for out-of-school children over the same amount of time.”

Jasmine Turner- Research Lead, Can't Wait to Learn

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The education gap

  • 75 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.

How it works


Designed for scale up

Can’t Wait to Learn has been informed by research and evidence since its inception. Studies have been undertaken to prove that the concept works in different settings. Learning progress has been monitored and feedback from users serves to inform and improve all game content. Research has also indicated that the possibilities for programme expansion are significant - the model promises to be empowering, flexible and cost-effective at scale.


Learning through play

Can’t Wait to Learn utilises custom gaming technology to deliver quality education - no matter where children live. The programme offers children affected by conflict the opportunity to (continue to) learn to read and count through playing educational games played on tablet devices.

All design elements are created in partnership with children themselves. This means children are immersed in a world that reflects their experiences - and can focus on learning right away.

Key evidence


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In Sudan, research results show that Can’t Wait to Learn children improved significantly. Nearly twice as much in maths and almost 2.7 times as much in reading, when compared to the Government Alternative Learning Programme (ALP).


Our partners

Can’t Wait to Learn is driven by collaboration with partners from the humanitarian sector and beyond. The programme draws on the power of partnerships across many sectors - including Ministries of Education, technology experts, researchers, implementation partners and international donors.

Each partner brings something different to the table - from technological know-how to contextual experience. Learn more about our partners and supporters.



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

Seven research studies have been conducted in three of these countries.


Current agenda

Can’t Wait to Learn - the EdTech programme driven by War Child Holland and partners - has entered into a new research phase thanks to funding from IDRC and GPE through the Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX) initiative. The research will determine how education technology innovations can be adapted and scaled, to improve education access and quality.

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Next steps

Our research agenda

Research will be undertaken to identify the adaptations and conditions needed for successful scale up of CWTL in collaboration with the respective ministries of education, international organisations and national research institutes.

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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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Meet our Research and Development Team

Jasmine Turner is the Research Lead for Can’t Wait to Learn. Jasmine has significant experience in working with children with special education needs and holds a Master’s degree in Global Mental Health, with a focus on research in conflict-affected settings.

Jasmine is currently completing a PhD aiming to design and evaluate an approach to strengthen the role of caregivers in children’s education to increase access, attendance and retention in education programmes within conflict-affected settings.