This May students from across Rwanda came to Kigali to compete at Educate!’s first National Student Business Club Competition! Students from 11 schools showcased their innovative, eco-friendly, and impactful business products — all designed while still in secondary school.
Educate! was featured in a new study from The Partnership to Strengthen Innovation and Practice in Secondary Education (PSIPSE). The study highlighted Educate!'s experience enhancing teacher quality at scale and detailed a variety of practical lessons on how to design, implement, and scale efforts to train, motivate, and support teachers.
Making a Difference: New Mentors in Southern and Western Uganda are Determined to Prepare their Scholars with the Skills to Succeed
Educate! Mentor Joshua is determined to prepare his Scholars with the skills they need to succeed after school. As part of the team in one of Educate!’s newest regions – Southern Uganda – Joshua was selected through Educate’s Youth Entrepreneurship Training (YET) program.
Measuring the Unmeasurable Factors that Lead Youth to Success in School and at Work: Innovations and Challenges from Uganda
Educate! participated in a panel at The Comparative and International Education Society’s annual conference. Educate! offered an implementer’s perspective on the panel, Measuring the Unmeasurable Factors that Lead Youth to Success in School and at Work.
The Partnership to Strengthen Innovation and Practice in Secondary Education (PSIPSE) recently released a brief offering 10 Tips for Improving Teacher Quality at Scale. PSIPSE drew on important insights from Educate! as well as seven other non-governmental organizations working to sharpen teachers’ pedagogical skills.
Educate! is proud to announce a catalytic new partnership with the IKEA Foundation to support our work in Kenya.
The top Student Business Clubs from across Uganda competed last month in the National Business Club Competitions. This year’s competition was an especially exciting weekend full of collaboration, friendly competition, and creative energy.
In a rural community in Eastern Uganda, twins Shadia and Shakira somehow find the time to run their own businesses, serve as the Secretary and Treasurer of their Student Business Club, and excel in their courses at Nakalama Secondary School.
It’s no secret: Girls around the world face unique and greater barriers to success after school as entrepreneurs, in the workforce, and as leaders in their communities.
Last International Women’s Day, we shared the ways we’ve been working to build an expertise in gender, describing how we embarked on a research opportunity to maintain and build up gender justice as a priority across our organization as we scale. Over the past year, we focused on taking what we learned one step further, implementing a comprehensive gender justice strategy across our all of our key stakeholders: students, teachers, government officials, and staff members.
The District and National Student Business Club Competitions are a chance for entrepreneurship students to prove that they possess the creativity and skills to drive Rwanda’s economy.
While significant progress has been made for girls’ education around the world, our partner and friend Dana Schmidt of Echidna Giving notes in the Stanford Social Innovation Review that efforts to unlock the full promise of young women through quality education continue to fall short. It’s not enough to focus on educating girls, we need to improve how we focus on them. In order to do so, we must critically examine conventional wisdom about education for girls and abandon common approaches that have failed to produce real progress.
Currently, 90% of African youth are projected to work in the informal sector. While previously many advocated to transition youth from informal contexts to formal jobs, Making Cents International’s recent Global Youth Economic Opportunities (GYEO) Summit revealed a shift in thinking that closely aligns with our belief in creating a grassroots movement of young leaders and entrepreneurs to drive sustainable development.
Educate!’s Executive Director Boris Bulayev and Rwanda Country Director Donnalee Donaldson recently presented Educate!’s experience as part of a webinar hosted by Making Cents International and the Youth Employment Funders Group (YEFG).
Juliet, an Educate! Youth Leader, is one of the people at the heart of Educate!’s partnership with the Rwandan government. She, along with ten other Youth Leaders, is helping to fulfill Educate!’s vision of integrating our model into national education systems.
One of our biggest questions of 2017 was: Have we maintained our impact as we’ve scaled the Educate! Experience across Uganda? Thanks to a new external evaluation, the results are in.
Standing in front of his new shop, Francis is glowing. He has just achieved two of his life goals in quick succession. He was accepted to Kyambogo University to study social sciences—a dream he’s had since childhood. Then, as a top Educate! graduate, Francis was recruited to become a Mentor, a role that lets him support 120 other youth to achieve their own dreams.
Breaking New Ground: Four Key Lessons from Launching Education Innovations in Post-Conflict Environments
Educate!'s article "Breaking New Ground: Four Key Lessons from Launching Education Innovations in Post-Conflict Environments" was published in the journal Childhood Education: Innovations.
Educate!’s work in Rwanda is one of 19 innovative projects profiled in a new publication by Solutions for Youth Employment (S4YE). The report highlights Educate!’s model in Rwanda for supporting young entrepreneurs to generate socially responsible business ideas that factor in their community’s needs and opportunities. As a high-potential project, Educate!’s experience and proven impact can be used to influence the design of second generation projects.