The multiple educational challenges faced by southern and eastern Africa have had adverse impacts on child education, particularly on girls and vulnerable children. The Learning Plus Initiative (LPI) is a newly created UNICEF initiative that seeks to primarily counter the effects of HIV/AIDS and secondarily the challenges of providing adequate services as a result of food insecurity, conflict, natural disasters, and poverty on stretched and weakening educational systems. The goal of the LPI is to promote systemic improvements, which ensure that schools serve as centers of learning where the delivery of a range of essential services, along with care and support, can be provided as a way of fulfilling children’s rights. The primary objective of this workshop was to design and pilot an assessment methodology to be used across countries in southern and eastern Africa as part of the LPI. The assessment tools provide baseline information on schools, capturing important data regarding the existence and provision of essential services and care and support mechanisms.