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Educate!

Ouganda Uganda

Educate! supports educational systems in Africa in order to empower and train the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs.

Educate! is a non-profit organization aiming at transforming education in sub-Saharan Africa for it to be more experience-based and to teach youth the skills needed to address poverty for themselves and their communities. In the last eight years, Educate! focused on establishing and scaling its model in Uganda, Rwanda and now Kenya; the organization now aims to expand to other 7 countries by 2024 and to integrate its model within the regular secondary schools curriculum. To date, Educate! is directly impacting about 25,000 youth through its skills-based education and teacher training programs in Uganda and Rwanda and the organization targets to reach over 360,000 youth through direct programs and through lower secondary education reforms in Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya.

The Challenges

Les Challenges

Today there are nearly 420 million youth aged 15-35 across Africa
About 11 million youth per year will enter the workforce by 2025
Most youth can only expect to remain employed or underemployed and to live on less than $2 a day

Key facts Éléments Clés

Age Range Âge ciblé 15 — 20 15 à 20 ans
Beneficiaries Bénéficiaires 120,000 120,000
Sectors Secteurs Education Education
Staff Personnel 130 130
Budget Budget $3,998,783 $3 998 783
Year established Lancement 2002 2002
(2017 data estimates) (Donnés;es estimées 2017)

Key Programs

Programmes principaux

Teacher Training

Educate! selects innovative, engaged teachers to lead the implementation of the program at each school. Teachers join Educate!’s Experience Associations to build a community of practice and learning around skills-based education and they introduce global best practices in their own classrooms, lead school-wide components of the program, and learn how to guide students through the practical experience of starting an enterprise and build support structures in their schools.

Leadership, Entrepreneurship & Workforce Readiness Training

The leadership and entrepreneurship program is run by trained youth mentors for youth. An Educate!- trained mentor provides entrepreneurship and leadership training to approximately 40 Scholars over one and a half year. Scholars receive mentorship through the challenges they face in developing business ideas and community initiatives, and obstacles in their personal lives. Scholars also gain experience by starting enterprises with a team by participating in Student Business Clubs.

Education Reform & Advocacy

In partnership with the International Labor Organization and the Ugandan National Curriculum Development Center, Educate has been working to incorporate its student business clubs into the national curriculum of Uganda. More broadly, the organization’s education reform efforts aim to integrate vocational, entrepreneurship, and leadership training into national curriculums in Uganda and eventually across Africa in order to reach one million students annually across ten countries in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2024.

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