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

Educate!

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Educate! tackles youth unemployment by partnering with youth, schools, and governments to redefine education so that youth in Africa receive the skills to attain further education, overcome gender inequities, start businesses, get jobs, and drive development in their communities.
Emmanuel, Educate! Graduate
Because of Educate!, I started speaking confidently in public gatherings, I took up leadership positions at school, and I started facing my fears. Most of all, I started believing in myself.

Emmanuel, Educate! Graduate

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Financial Skills for the Youth

HundrED 2020

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Innovation Overview

15 - 18
Age Group
46 000
Children/Users
3
Countries
2002
Established
Not-for-profit
Organisation
1 096
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Updated on October 21st, 2020
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What does Educate! do?

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 post-primary education we can equip youth with the skills to disrupt this systemic problem of youth unemployment. Educate! works in three ways: (1) directly delivering skills-based education in secondary schools in East Africa, (2) integrating skills-based education into national education systems, and (3) building a new educational solution to impact out-of-school youth. 

Educate!’s flagship model in Uganda teaches transferable/soft skills demanded most by both employers and students themselves, such as teamwork, public speaking, networking, critical thinking, self-confidence, and creativity. On top of those foundational soft skills, we layer the hard skills of business including planning, budgeting, savings, and market research. 

Two rigorous external evaluations, including a randomized controlled trial (RCT), found that towards the end of secondary school, participants of our flagship model earn nearly DOUBLE the income of their peers and are 44% more likely to launch a business. A follow-up RCT found that four years later, our graduates demonstrate large and durable shifts in skills, coupled with significant improvements in education and gender equity-related outcomes. Girls achieve even greater results.

At the start of 2020, Educate! was reaching a total of 46,000+ youth across over 1,000 schools across East Africa. Since that time we have pivoted to immediately design and implement remote educational solutions for youth during the 2020 coronavirus crisis. In Uganda, this “digitalization” of our proven flagship program model leverages radio for content delivery, with robocalls, interactive voice response (IVR), SMS (texts), and remote mentorship for follow-up assessment, engagement, and guidance for youth on starting  appropriate projects and businesses.


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The Gendered Impacts of COVID-19
https://www.experienceeducate.org/all-blog/2020/6/21/the-gendered-impacts-of-covid-19
Educate!'s Coronavirus Response
https://www.experienceeducate.org/covid-19-response 
IPA Webcast: The Skills We Really Need: The Impacts of The Educate! Experience, a Skills-Based Education Program for Secondary School Students in Uganda
https://www.poverty-action.org/event/ipa-webcast-skills-we-really-need-impacts-educate-experience-skills-based-education-program
How skills shape the trajectory of life after school in Uganda
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/education-plus-development/2020/03/02/how-skills-shape-the-trajectory-of-life-after-school-in-uganda/
Does Educate! improve life outcomes for youth?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=gCFp0sKSrac
Adeline Creates the Future She Envisions
https://www.experienceeducate.org/all-blog/2019/11/25/adeline-creates-the-future-she-envisions
New RCT Finds Educate! Graduates Are Better Off Than Their Peers
https://www.experienceeducate.org/all-blog/2019/11/25/new-rct-finds-educate-graduates-are-better-off-than-their-peers
Educate! Program Director Joins Largest Gathering of Skills and Education Ministers at the Education World Forum
https://www.experienceeducate.org/all-blog/2020/3/4/educate-program-director-joins-largest-gathering-of-skills-and-education-ministers-at-the-education-world-forum
Educate!’s Approach Helping to “Leapfrog” Inequality by Accelerating Progress in Education
https://www.experienceeducate.org/all-blog/2018/12/10/educates-approach-helping-to-leapfrog-inequality-by-accelerating-progress-in-education
Educate! Wins 2018 Klaus J. Jacobs Award
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ax62qs4VAI0&feature=youtu.be
Innovating for Gender Equity
https://www.experienceeducate.org/all-blog/2019/6/3/innovating-for-gender-equity
Rwandan Students Build Confidence and Resilience Through Business Ownership
https://www.experienceeducate.org/all-blog/2018/11/29/rwandan-secondary-students-build-self-confidence-and-resilience-through-business-ownership
Sarah's Path to Independence
https://www.experienceeducate.org/all-blog/2019/6/3/sarahs-path-to-independence
Educate! Graduate Daniel Creates Impact in His Community
https://www.experienceeducate.org/all-blog/2019/4/4/educate-graduate-daniel-creates-impact-in-his-community
Uganda's School for Life: Educating out of Poverty - Rebel Education
Uganda's School for Life: Educating out of Poverty - Rebel Education

Milestones

Achievements & Awards

June 2020
Educate! Response Strategies Featured on Global Innovation Exchange’s COVID-19 Innovation Hub
March 2020
Educate! Featured on Brookings Education Plus Development Blog: “How skills shape the trajectory of life after school in Uganda”
January 2020
Educate! Selected as Recipient of 2020 Rybakov Prize
December 2019
Financial Skills for the Youth
December 2019
BBC features Educate! in series "People Fixing the World"
October 2019
Educate! Selected for Million Lives Club
August 2019
Educate! Selected for a Transforming Lives Award
January 2019
Educate! Selected by United Nations’ Generation Unlimited
January 2018
Educate! Selected For Klaus J. Jacobs Award
January 2015
Educate! Wins 2015 Wise Award
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