EKOEXCEL Alunmi Speaking on the Impacts of the Programme

Solutions To Learning Poverty

2019 Nobel Prize-winning economist, Professor Michael Kremer’s ground-breaking study announcing learning gains among the largest ever measured in international education. The impact of the methodology, underpinning EKOEXCEL, is among the greatest of any rigorously studied intervention in emerging markets.


The EKOEXCEL effect was supported by The Education Partnership Center in partnership with LASG SUBEB studying the effect of the Lagos’ State Government’s EKOEXCEL programme.

The study evidenced accelerated student achievement gains, better  classroom culture, and stronger curriculum management.


EKOEXCEL has more supportive learning environments and more positive behavioral expectations compared to typical schools:

  • EKOEXCEL classrooms  have set positive behavioural expectations and have set a supportive learning environment
  • EKOEXCEL girls have a higher percentage of attending school than girls in status quo classrooms. Attendance for boys across program and status quo schools was similarly strong.
  • EKOEXCEL classrooms are rated high or very high on two critical determinants of classroom culture: Supportive Learning Environment and Positive Behavioral Expectations. 

Curriculum Management
by Head Teachers

  • EKOEXCEL head teachers have become confident about lesson plans maintaining curriculum adherence and quality. Additionally, EKOEXCEL  headteachers access lesson plans through their tablet to ensure that the lessons are  delivered according to plan. 

Achievement Gains

EKOEXCEL has dramatically accelerated student literacy and numeracy performance, showing statistically significant  differences between student performance in EKOEXCEL schools versus their peers in  traditional schools:

  • EKOEXCEL students have advanced in numeracy twice as fast as  students in traditional schools. 
  • In Literacy, EKOEXCEL  students have  progressed 3x as fast as their peers in comparable schools.