Educate! Is Awarded the First Prize of $10,000 For the Best Entrepreneurial Education Programs in Africa

Educate! is proud to announce that we have been chosen as the First Prize Winner of the EDUCATING AFRICA 2009 Pan African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education, a collaboration between Teach A Man To Fish and Educating Africa.

The awards attracted over 260 entries from 31 countries across the continent. The aim of the competition was to identify and celebrate the achievements of social entrepreneurs who understand the role education plays within their communities in creating positive social change.  Educate! was assessed based on the program’s level of entrepreneurship, sustainability, and impact.

“Receiving the EDUCATING AFRICA Award for Entrepreneurship in Education is wonderful validation of Educate!’s efforts to empower African youth through a new model of education based on the potential of the next generation to end the critical challenges facing their communities,” said Eric Glustrom, Educate!’s Executive Director.  “We are honored to be recognized as an organization that can create lasting change through exponential empowerment of our students.”

Educate! was awarded the First Prize for our work in Uganda, including our two-year leadership program which includes a course on socially responsible leadership and entrepreneurship, long-term mentoring, and the creation of an initiative that solves a community problem. The other winners include House of Nations, working to help people in Madagascar succeed in life through the power of education, and Mama Zimbi Foundation for their support of and work with the Widowhood Alliance Network to economically empower widows in Ghana.

Educate! will receive $10,000 and is invited to Teach A Man To Fish’s yearly conference “Education that Pays for Itself 2010” in Tanzania this November.

“The sheer range of innovation and achievements described by entrants is a true testimony to magnificent work of so many dedicated individuals and organizations working in education across Africa,” as stated on the Teach A Man To Fish Website.  “We hope through these awards to show that Africa is a continent of hope with much to be proud of.  If by highlighting the best we can inspire the wider education community to aspire even higher, then the future will be a much brighter place for us all!”

For more information visit: http://www.teachamantofish.org.uk/competition/