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
Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya
Uganda, Rwanda and KenyaSEE LESS
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.
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.
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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