Updated Nov 05, 2020

Rachael Miller

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Educate! prepares youth in Africa with the skills to succeed in today's economy.

Educate! prepares youth in Africa with the skills to succeed in today’s economy. We tackle youth unemployment by partnering with schools and governments to reform what schools teach and how they teach it so that students in Africa have the skills to attain further education, overcome gender inequities, start businesses, get jobs, and drive development in their communities. To achieve this, E...
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Educate! prepares youth in Africa with the skills to succeed in today’s economy. We tackle youth unemployment by partnering with schools and governments to reform what schools teach and how they teach it so that students in Africa have the skills to attain further education, overcome gender inequities, start businesses, get jobs, and drive development in their communities. To achieve this, Educate! works in two ways: 1) Educate! delivers leadership, entrepreneurship, and workforce readiness training directly in secondary schools. 2) Educate! partners with governments to integrate skills-based education into national education systems and support national curriculum reforms.
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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

In 2019, we measurably impacted over 46,000 youth in and out of schools, making us the biggest youth skills provider in East Africa. During COVID-19, we’ve pivoted to a distance learning model reached over 100,000 students by October 2020.
Registered in Ugandain Uganda

Focus Areas:

Economic Growth and Trade, Education, Gender and 10 MoreSEE ALL

Economic Growth and Trade, Education, Gender, Youth, Entrepreneurship, Secondary Education, Teacher Development and Training, Testing & Assessment, Workforce Development, Economic Empowerment, Mid-Adolescence (15-19), Youth Engagement and Contribution and InclusionSEE LESS

Implemented In:

Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya

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Countries Implemented In
46,000
Customers
200
Employees
Verified Funding
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Problem

Africa will be 40% of the world by 2100—its population is expected to grow from 1.2 to 4 billion and the continent could have more youth at that time than the total population of the United States. As many as 90% of African youth are projected to work in the informal sector. These demographics, along with a scarcity of jobs, have led to dramatic rates of youth unemployment. Education systems in Africa already face challenges meeting young people’s needs–current curricula and teaching methods don’t consistently prepare students for what’s to come following graduation. Despite an eagerness and commitment to learn, even students who finish secondary school often find themselves lacking the skills needed for the few available jobs, leading to unemployment and underemployment.

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Solution

Educate! believes that by transforming secondary education we can equip youth with the skills to disrupt this systemic problem of youth unemployment. Educate!’s experiential model teaches the “hard skills” of business including planning, budgeting, savings and market research. Educate! complements these skills with the “soft skills” demanded most by both employers and students themselves, such as teamwork, public speaking, networking, critical thinking, self-confidence, and creativity. Educate!'s goal is to make this practical, skills-based model part of national education systems across Africa.

Target Beneficiaries

Educate!’s primary beneficiaries are the growing numbers of young people (ages 15 – 20) throughout East Africa who graduate from secondary school and enter the workforce unprepared for the economic realities they will face. Over the last ten years, Educate! has continuously worked to build an inclusive model of skills-based model that is designed to impact some of the most marginalized populations in the countries we operate in, with a special focus on girls.

Mission and Vision

Educate! aims to develop young leaders and entrepreneurs in Africa. Educate!’s vision is to design solutions that measurably impact millions of youth across Africa each year.
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted100

The Team Behind the Innovation

Educate!’s team is headquartered in Kampala, Uganda, with offices in Nairobi, Kigali, New York, and Denver. Just 10 members of our 200+ staff are based in the U.S., where they execute fundraising, marketing, and operational functions. All other functions (Monitoring and Evaluation, Design and Innovations, Administration and Finance, Programs, and Human Resources) are run out of East Africa. We prioritize local and female leadership: 97% of our team on the ground is East African, and 12/16 of our top positions are held by women.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestone

Aug 2019
Jan 2015
New Country Implemented In
Rwanda
Jan 2009
New Country Implemented In
Uganda