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Establishing networks for young people to access relatable role models that will inspire, teach and connect them to opportunities.

inHive

location_on London, United Kingdom
inHive enables teachers and young leaders to develop the skills and tools to establish effective networks, so that they can tap into one of schools’ biggest resources: their former students. Our innovation is a low-cost methodology to establishing networks to serve as role models, mentors, career information, remedial learning tutors and more.
I would love for a chance to play a part in securing the educational future of those who still have time…a testament for my community and its young girls regarding the wonders that education can do.

Sonia, former student of school in rural Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

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10 - 18
Age Group
80 376
Children/Users
9
Countries
2013
Established
Not-for-profit
Organisation
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Updated on April 12th, 2021
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What is inHive?

The people around us shape our lives and strength of our networks can make a big difference to the life outcomes of young people. 

However, a lack of investment, prioritisation and expertise means that too many young people go without the structured support they need to access strong networks and reach their potential. 

What we do?

inHive is a team of specialist network builders who work with partners to bring alumni networks into the schooling process. We have developed, tested and implemented a methodology and a capacity building approach to building sustainable networks. Our methodology and programme of support is amendable to local contexts and replicable across institutions and hence easily replicable and scalable across institutions. We work with partners to train and support teachers, students, and community leaders in implementing this methodology, to drive change in their school communities. It is a highly scalable intervention because the only criteria it relies on is a school having been open long enough to have had a graduating class. 

inHive's methodology enables various members of the community surrounding a school to establish networks of former students so that they can enhance the school experience, not least by bringing in the world of work into the classroom. As one teacher in our project in Rwanda put it, “I’m only informed of what I see in my day to day life and what I witness in the classroom or hear from my supervisors. The alumni show me what’s happening outside of this bubble and I can adapt my lessons accordingly.”

Since our origins in the UK with Future First, we have developed our approach through implementing across Uganda, Rwanda, Pakistan, Australia and more and seek to continue implementing in new regions, countries and education systems, such as Ghana, Malawi, and India. With the political will and awareness, alumni networks can be introduced into public education systems and the training and capacity building approaches replicated anywhere.

We are also driving evidence gathering and research on the power of alumni networks and their impact on different stakeholders in the education system. Together with partners across four continents, we are currently implementing a survey-based study on the impact of alumni networks on teachers’ skills, knowledge and attitudes. First of its kind, the study will capture how former students’ engagement changes the teaching experience, causing ripple effects into the young people’s education outcomes.

Why we do it?

Over 1 billion adults around the world have gone to school, and research indicates that over 50% of them would be willing to give back (with time, expertise or funds) to the next generation if they were asked. But only 1% currently are asked. This equates to the world's biggest untapped education stakeholder offering millions of mentoring relationships, career sessions, employer connections, tutoring hours, donations and more that is currently not being used for improving quality education and empowerment of young people.

inHive believes that former students have the ability to strengthen schools and help tackle social injustices perpetuated through the education systems. They bring in teacher and student support, leadership and funds that enhance young people’s social, personal, economic and civic capital, not least by providing inspiration to the poor and otherwise marginalized, that someone like them can succeed. 

Research

HundrED Academy Review

I like the fact that the program uses each school's own alumni, and re-engages them with the school to 'give back'. This gives it a higher scalability.

- HundrED Academy Member

There is a lot of potential in keeping tight relationship with former students. Such graduates know the local ecosystem well, due to this, they can really become influencers to the younger students.

- HundrED Academy Member
IMPACT & SCALABILITY
inHive have developed, tested and implemented a methodology and a capacity building approach to building sustainable networks. Uses already available resources (alumnae) to foster education/community networks which reinforces community connections and relationships. Their programme of support is flexible to local contexts and replicable hence easily scalable.
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Milestones

Achievements & Awards

March 2021
Launch of NEST: Lloyd’s Register Foundation alumni network
February 2021
Launch of new alumni network partnerships with Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) and Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM)
February 2021
Launch of a new alumni network building project with Pakistan Youth Change Advocates focused on young women volunteers as leaders for change
January 2021
Launch of Networks Learning Journey, virtual interactive learning series about networks as tools for social change.
September 2020
Launch of alumni network with the Mastercard Foundation
June 2020
Innovation page created on HundrED.org
March 2020
Complete Girls Education Challenge projects in Rwanda and Uganda
December 2019
Launch community of practice network around alumni network building
December 2019
Pilot in Pakistan with CARE Foundation complete: building networks to support careers education and promote girls education across 800 schools
September 2019
Launch partnership with the Mastercard Foundation to build an alumni network to serve 100,000+ young people across Africa
October 2017
Pilot new methodology with Akazi Kanoze Access in Rwanda
April 2017
Pilot alumni leadership programme in Kenya
May 2016
Published first guide to low-cost alumni network building
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