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


Uganda, Rwanda, and Kenya
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.

What does Educate! do?

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

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 in Uganda, Rwanda, and Kenya. Since that time we have pivoted to immediately design and implement 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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Innovation Overview
15 - 18
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46 000
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Educate!'s Skills Course curriculum is completely open-source in order to create the greatest impact possible around the world. Much of the curriculum can be applied across cultures and context. To view and download the curriculum visit Educate!'s website:
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The Gendered Impacts of COVID-19
Educate!'s Coronavirus 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
How skills shape the trajectory of life after school in Uganda
Does Educate! improve life outcomes for youth?
Adeline Creates the Future She Envisions
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


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