From our Executive Director, Boris:
Educate! was recently thrilled to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, which brings together leaders to “Create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.”
While at the Annual Meeting we announced our commitment to scale Educate!'s transformational experience-based education model to reach 35,000 Ugandan high school students across 200 schools over the next two years. We currently work with 7,000 students across 54 schools.
I was lucky enough to represent the amazing team of almost 60 Educate! staff at this amazing series of events.
Educate!’s model provides business and leadership training, mentorship, and experience starting an enterprise, all with a highly trained teacher, for 16-20 students in their last two years of high school in Uganda. We have a proven model and are thrilled to take it to more students in Uganda and eventually to other countries across Africa!
One great example of Educate!’s success attended CGI with me. Joseph Munyambanza, Co-founder and Education Director of COBURWAS, attended and presented on a panel about unlocking educational opportunities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo alongside the country’s education minister.
Joseph is one of Educate!’s first students and was recently recognized by the Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy as one of the Top 99 under age 33. While in New York, he received an award at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park in front of 60,000 people! Everyone at Educate! is extremely proud and excited for Joseph and his continued success!
While reaffirming our commitment to scaling our model to at least 35,000 students in the next two years at the CGI Annual Meeting, Educate! also spent the week connecting with outstanding organizations, corporations and foundations, undertaking meaningful work to develop the leaders and entrepreneurs of tomorrow. Together, with the impressive group of organizations at the CGI Annual Meeting, we are creating a global movement for innovative solutions to the world’s greatest problems.
Update on Progress Since 2013 Commitment
In 2013 we committed to scaling our model to 200 schools and reaching 35,000 students across Uganda by 2015. Incredible demand for our model allowed us exceed these goals as we expanded into Northern Uganda, a high-need but high-potential post-conflict region, and launched in our second country! In 2015, we began operations on the ground in Rwanda and impacted almost 90,000 youth across Uganda, working in nearly 400 Ugandan secondary schools.
From the start of Educate!’s 2013 Commitment until the end of our new 2016 Commitment, Educate! will have increased the number of schools we are working in tenfold.
We're amazed at the progress Educate! has made in just a few short years, and looking forward to continuing to exceed our own expectations as we work toward completing the new Commitment to Action. Learn more about our ambitious goals for scale.