A recent McKinsey Voices post by Fred Swaniker, Founder and CEO of African Leadership Academy, focuses on the importance of providing Africa's youth bulge with opportunity and specifically entrepreneurial training. Swaniker concludes that Africa is a "ticking time bomb" unless African youth are provided with the skills to create their own jobs, just like the Educate! program does. Check it out!

"So what does the average unemployed youth look like in Africa? She is an 18-year-old girl, living in a rural area, literate but not attending school. Building her skills, reaping her energy, and realizing her aspirations would help every African country improve its living standards and ignite economic growth. Empowering her with opportunities to reach and apply her full potential is both our most important challenge and our most vital opportunity."

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Tom Ravenscroft is Founder & CEO of Enabling Enterprise

The trouble with being a Founder, is that you never know whether you have happened on a great idea that others passed by – or whether you’ve missed your idea’s fundamental flaw!

So it was incredibly heartening to make the journey from London to Kampala and discover that 4,000 miles away a very similar idea was having a huge impact.


The Story of Enabling Enterprise

In an echo of the founding story of Educate! which was generously shared on our blog last month, Enabling Enterprise grew out of a sense that there was a huge mismatch between what young people needed to succeed in the world – and what the school system was offering.

For me, in 2007 I was a fresh-faced and enthusiastic young teacher and was quickly confronted by the reality of teaching business studies in a challenging inner-city London school.

It soon became obvious that there was rightly a strong focus on the grades that the students would be achieving in their exams, and the qualifications they would leave school with. However, there was no similar energy going into other things that seemed equally essential.

To me, it seemed clear that students also needed to be able to work in and lead teams, to create new ideas, to have an understanding of entrepreneurship and the world of work, and to be resilient in the face of setbacks.

 

Our Approach

For my students in the UK, I combined the lesson-time project of setting up and running their own business with the opportunity to go on trips to businesses and meet the adults who worked there. The result was students who developed enterprise skills through their business project and who broadened and solidified their aspirations through finding about others’ careers or entrepreneurial endeavours. 

Over the last five years, we’ve built from my original class to working with over 35,000 students. We’ve also expanded our remit to make enterprise a core part of the curriculum for 5-18 year-olds – our schools commit to delivering at least one hour every week of dedicated enterprise learning with a business trip each year for the students.



Raising the Stakes

In the UK, we’re pretty unique. So through our shared connection of the Forward Foundation it was inspiring to meet Educate! in Uganda who share so much of the same philosophy and approach.

The challenges for Ugandan youth are certainly sobering: the country has the youngest population in the world (50% under age 15); the highest youth unemployment rate (83%); and the highest youth poverty rate (94%).

I had the privilege in December of spending the morning at the Educate! offices in Kampala we had the chance to meet some of the teacher trainers and sit in on a session – and it was brilliant. Sixty intensive minutes that addressed some of the essentials of why businesses fail – from inadequate finances, taking the profits out too soon, not differentiating from your rivals and more.

Writing this more than half a year later and I vividly remember the energy in the tent – and the sense of urgency. It was particularly powerful that all of the mentors supporting the programme have set up their own businesses, giving them a wealth of experiences to draw from themselves. 

 

Shared Principles

Reflecting later, I was inspired by the shared principles between Enabling Enterprise and Educate! – principles which were born out of different experiences but which have much in common:

Principle 1: Young People have huge potential

Both Educate! and Enabling Enterprise have a strong belief in the power and potential of young people. Looking around my classroom, I knew that there was no real reason why my students shouldn’t be able to achieve great things in their futures – whether they chose to enter employment, continue their educations at university, or become entrepreneurs. The founders of Educate! saw the same potential in the young people they worked with in Uganda.

Principle 2: Academic Learning is not enough:

The founders of Educate! saw first-hand the challenge in Uganda – that students were completing school without having developed the skills to be able to thrive in the rest of their lives. While in the UK youth unemployment is a challenge, it’s on a very different scale – but my classroom showed that young people were still leaving school without what they needed for the next step in their lives.

Principle 3: Learning by Doing

My experience of being a UK business studies teacher was that there was a limit to what could be learnt out of a textbook – the theory of how to write an invoice is not an exciting one! So instead at Enabling Enterprise, we focus on learning through the students running a series of collaborative projects – including producing radio shows, publishing magazines, and building up to running their own businesses. Educate! programmes similarly have the same principle by focusing students on setting up their own businesses.

Principle 4: Bringing Experts Along

I realised quickly that my students needed to meet people who had really ‘done it’ so we took them out to a whole variety of businesses to see what the world of work looked and felt like and what it took to be successful. Similarly, Educate! brings in business mentors for the students on their Youth Business Experience who have already been successful in setting up their own businesses – creating brilliant role models for the students.

Principle 5: Changing the System

Both Educate! and Enabling Enterprise are focused on embedding the development of skills in schools – not waiting until a later intervention is needed. Not only that, but it helps shift schools’ perceptions of their own role from passing on knowledge to preparing young people for the rest of their lives. Educate! has helped make entrepreneurship a key part of the curriculum in Uganda for the older students as an option along A-levels whilst Enabling Enterprise works with schools to create dedicated ‘enterprise’ lessons through the timetable.

Principle 6: A Sense of Urgency

The final thing that struck me as I learnt more about Educate! was the scale of the ambition. At Enabling Enterprise, we want every UK student to leave school equipped with the enterprise skills, experiences of work and aspirations for the rest of their lives. For us, that means working with 50,000 students in the next year and Educate! has that same sense of urgency with incredible growth to working with over 20,000 students this year.

 

The Future

Ultimately, young people share a huge amount - whether in the UK or Uganda. They all need enterprise skills, experiences of the world and aspirations to make the most of their lives.

It’s invigorating to know that 4,000 miles away from our work in London, the young people in Uganda are similarly building their futures – and that we can learn a lot from their experience too. 

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Educate! is proud to share team member James K Arinaitwe’s New York Times Op-Ed article advocating for the need for improved education and skills development in Uganda to create opportunities for youth as an alternative to joining terrorist and rebel groups.

James K Arinaitwe

James’ own story of nearly joining a rebel group as a young boy orphaned by age 10 and in search of opportunity underscores the importance of our model. James offers his thoughts on what he knows, and what we at Educate! believe, is the most effective way to create change: “Quality education that provides Uganda’s youth with critical thinking skills and a path to stable jobs is the best way to curb corruption and neutralize the attraction of rebel and terrorist groups.” James is an inspiration who exemplifies the power of Educate!’s work. Not only has he transformed his own life but he is working to empower youth across Africa.

Today, James is presenting a case study of Educate!’s work on a panel hosted by Results for Development Institute (R4D) on skills development and education to address youth unemployment. The event, described in yesterday’s Washington Post article, marks a milestone for R4D in their work on secondary education and skills, which has Educate! as one of eight case studies in Sub-Saharan Africa.

James will be presenting alongside leading youth actors such as the Mastercard Foundation and Making Cents International. It’s an exciting moment for James and Educate!.

James’s Op-Ed and the R4D report highlight the need for organizations like Educate! to reach more youth. Thank you for supporting us as we scale our model to reach 100,000 youth annually in Uganda and expand to three new countries in the next 10 years and work to create the future of secondary education in Africa. 

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Congratulations to Educate! Scholar Aero Lillian Olok, founder of Generate for Generations! Olok and her self-sustaining enterprise recently received two awards: Best Young Employer of the year by the Federation of Uganda Employers and the Best Micro Enterprise of the year 2013 by the International Labor Organization Uganda.

Olok founded Generate for Generations, formerly Namugungo Good Samaritan Project, in 2009 as a resource for widows and single mothers affected by HIV/AIDS. Through the entrepreneurial production of intricate bead jewelry, the enterprise has created jobs for numerous women and raised esteem about their economic potential. More information about the enterprise is available at www.generateforgenerations.org.

In addition to her awards, we are also excited for Lillian as she is currently participating in the highly-competitive Kanthari Institute Leadership Course in Trivandrum, India! We know she will grow so much from the experience and we wish her safe travels and lots of learning!

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There’s nothing better than when it all comes together. And for us, 2014 is coming together in a monumental way. After extensive research, development, and planning in 2013, Educate! is thrilled to announce that last month we expanded our reach and successfully launched the Educate! model in over 200 schools across Uganda.

Increasing our work from 54 schools in 2013 to over 200 in 2014 means our model will reach more than 20,000 students this year. What’s more, we are now that much closer to our Ten Year Vision of reaching 100,000 students annually in Uganda and expanding into three different countries.

We also love when it all comes together for our Scholars and partner schools—like with their Community Days, which over 85% of our schools will host by the end of the month. As part of Educate!’s curriculum, Community Days challenge Scholars to develop their own leadership skills by connecting with local government and community leaders to identify and develop projects that can help the community.

Iki Iki High School

New partner school Iki Iki High School hosted their first Community Day in early April, where students worked enthusiastically and tirelessly cleaning their school and surrounding community, including the trading center, police compound, and a local health center.Scholars saw the impact they can have on their community and gained experience engaging with local policy makers.Community members came out to express their support and were in awe of the students’ work!

Of course, we must extend a huge thank you to all of our supporters for believing in us and making the dreams of Educate!, and our budding entrepreneurs, a reality. 

Without you, none of this is possible.

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At Educate! we can’t resist sharing a good story. 

Late last year The Forward Foundation visited Uganda to spend time with our inspiring Scholars and staff. They put together incredible profiles and videos that we are eager to share with you. Take a look.

Ernest – Uganda’s Star Baker

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“I live in a remote village. I was looking for baked products but there was nothing. I thought ‘I should make them.’ And that is where it all started.”

Ernest launched Satiety Bakery when he was still in school and now, through Educate!’s Youth Business Accelerator, he is developing the skills to expand his enterprise. Learn about the rise of Ernest's business and the role his Educate! Mentor played in his success. 

Otim and Educate!’s Invisible Hand

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Otim began his work with Educate! as a Mentor, helping to empower and challenge students. Now Otim works as Educate!’s Senior Program Coordinator for Design and Training and, in this capacity, we are excited to share that Otim has also recently been selected for Acumen’s third cohort of East Africa Fellows.

Listen to Otim talk about the “crazy wild dreams” of some of his students and you’ll see why he has been accepted into this great program.

We hope you are as inspired by Ernest and Otim as we are, and that you’ll share these stories with those around you.

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We are excited at Educate! to announce that, for the second year in a row, members of our leadership team have been recognized by Forbes as being part of the 30 under 30 who are changing the world in 2014.

Boris Bulayev, Executive Director; Eric Glustrom, Board of Directors; and Angelica Towne, Country Director, are recognized on this year’s list for social entrepreneurs.

Please join us in congratulating Eric, Boris, and Angelica for making this prestigious list of people “reinventing the world right now.”

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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. 

 

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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. 

 

 

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Our Scholars are incredibly creative. Check out stories below for how two of them turned their love of craft-making and weaving into businesses through the lessons they learned from the Educate! Business Club. 

Immaculate Nanyemba: The Educate! Business Club at Immaculate’s secondary school was focused on craft-making as one of its enterprises. Immaculate got very involved in making crafts for the business club and was not ready to stop once she graduated. With income raised through selling snacks, Immaculate brought together a group of women in her community to make and sell artistic crafts. Today, Immaculate’s business earns an average $100 every month from local sales.

Geofrey Kalya: Upon completing secondary school, Geofrey had valuable skills as a talented weaver, and with guidance from his Educate! Mentor he resolved to match his skills in weaving with those in entrepreneurship he worked on with Educate! Geofrey identified a big opportunity to make sweaters for schools. He lacked start-up capital, but he did not let this deter him. Instead, he teamed up with a friend to start a sweater weaving business that has now grown to employ two other people. Together, Geofrey and his business partners have established an outlet in Kampala to display and sell their sweaters. They earn an average of $200 per month.

 

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Our Scholars and Mentors are always working together to think outside the box and to challenge themselves. Read on for more about how Ernest was encouraged to use his interests and skills: 

Ernest Serunkuma: During school breaks Ernest Serunkuma always baked cakes and would bake so many he would end up taking them to share with his friends at school. As he tried different ingredients and perfected his recipes his passion for baking continued to grow. He never thought of this passion as a possible avenue for employment until he shared it started talking about it with his Educate! Mentor. Ernest’s Mentor challenged him to turn his passion for baking into a profitable venture. After secondary school, Ernest invested $50 of his personal savings to buy the ingredients he needed to bake cakes, and he borrowed pans, bowls and other utensils from family members. In his first year with a bakery business Ernest was able to earn profits of $50 a month. Then he joined Educate!’s Youth Business Accelerator program, and after receiving solid advice about expanding his market, Ernest now earns an average of $80 per month. Ernest supplies at least 200 cakes to a supermarket and school every week.

 

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Reading about the impact of our Scholars is always exciting, especially when you can tell they are thinking big! See below for snapshots of two such students: 

Nathan Rugyemura: Growing up in a predominantly ranching community in Western Uganda, Nathan Rugyemura experienced firsthand the challenges livestock farmers encounter accessing markets and healthcare for their livestock. Nathan created a solution by setting up a veterinary shop in his community and providing farmers in his far-off community better access to markets. Nathan’s shop in Kampala, which he established and has continued to grow with mentorship and support from Educate!, purchases and sells dairy products to Kampala’s upper market. Nathan’s income has recently grown to be over $100 per month, enabling him to stay at university while providing income to other youth he now employs. He is also a peer mentor for other Educate! students and is nurturing ambitions to become a leader in the Ugandan government.

Daniel Tayebwa: When you first meet Daniel Tayebwa more likely than not he will talk to you passionately about the micro-windmill he has invented. Putting this invention to good use, Daniel decided to utilize it to help meet the needs of his community. While still in secondary school and an Educate! scholar, Daniel noticed the need for affordable, consistent access to barber services around his school. The only barber they had traveled and visited their community just once every two weeks. Combining this need with his micro-windmill, Daniel created a wind-powered barbershop to provide consistent, affordable barber services within his community. As he continues to expand upon his micro-windmill, Daniel has set-up a craft making business as well as a retail shop to supplement his income. With continuous support from Educate!, Daniel has witnessed progressive growth in his monthly profits and now makes over $200 each month. 

 

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We are always impressed by Scholars who are just embarking upon our Educate! Experience program as young leaders and entrepreneurs. Their stories as leaders have just begun, yet the impact that they are already making will positively impact the lives of others for years to come.

 

Below are snapshots of two of our rising stars:

Ogwal Maxson became an entrepreneur at a young age to help provide for his family and pay for his school fees. When he joined Educate!, Ogwal started a brick making business. His business currently employs 10 youth, eight who can now pay school fees and two who can help support their families.

Ogwal has not only helped his family and the youth he employs, but he has found a way to give back to the community. For every 10,000 bricks his business makes, he gives 200  bricks to a nearby school. This has allowed the school to build new classrooms and enroll more students, giving more youth the chance of a better future.

Ogwal’s most recent project, Good Samaritans, supports those affected by HIV/AIDS by cleaning their homes, washing their clothes, collecting water, and even building new homes for those most in need. Thirty families have benefited directly from the project and many more have been helped indirectly through outreach and awareness efforts.

Ogwal’s vision is to attend university to study agriculture so he can learn new ways to improve his community.

Pauline Madudu dreams of owning a shoe factory and a book publishing business. To make her dream a reality, she researched and created business plans outlining marketing plans and supplier relationships. Pauline has already partnered with her school for a contract to supply books to over 1,000 students who cannot afford to purchase them.

Pauline also recently won a school-wide competition for her model of an energy-saving stove. She believes that with the future success of her businesses, she can change her community by providing jobs for Ugandan youth.

Ogwal and Pauline demonstrate what Educate! Scholars are truly capable of and the powerful impact they have.

 

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Benson Wereje, one of the very first Educate! Scholars, was selected as one of only 28 Echoing Green 2013 Fellows from 2,872 applicants and as the first Fellow from the The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC.) He was chosen for his work as Co-founder and Executive Director of COBURWAS International Youth Organization to Transform Africa (CIYOTA.)

Echoing Green’s world-renowned two-year Fellowship program provides significant seed funding to the world’s most promising social entrepreneurs. Those selected receive funding to help launch and develop new organizations, access to Echoing Green’s network, leadership development opportunities, and mentorship.

Benson started CIYOTA while he was an Educate! Scholar in 2005. CIYOTA is a youth-led movement that unites and transforms communities to create sustainable peace and prosperity in the DRC.

In 1995, Benson’s village was attacked by rebels fighting rival tribes. He and his younger sister were separated from their parents and witnessed unthinkable bloodshed before being one of the few survivors to reach Uganda. Since 1998, the DRC has been torn apart by tribal wars – the bloodiest conflict the world has seen since WWII. Today there are over 450,000 refugees, two million internally displaced and 45,000 deaths monthly. Refugees suffer from lack of education, and death due to poverty and disease.

To help his homeland, Benson started CIYOTA by uniting youth to provide scholarships to refugees. CIYOTA empowers and educates young leaders to use nonviolence to solve tribal conflicts. To-date, CIYOTA has given over 500 youth an education and built a primary and nursery school that serve over 200 students each year.

The organization reaches over 10,000 youth who are committed CIYOTA’s philosophy of peace in the DRC - the graduates of CIYOTA’s schools are the future leaders of a peaceful DRC.

Benson attributed his experience at Educate! as helping him to start CIYOTA. ”[Their] commitment has influenced my own work with youth in Uganda and the DRC to lead a movement for peace.”

Benson’s accomplishments shows the massive impact that Educate! Scholars are truly capable of. His work is an inspiration for current and future Educate! Scholars as they work to create transformational impact in their own communities. In fact, Benson and CIYOTA are an important case study in Educate!’s curriculum!

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Educate!’s work changing the national entrepreneurship curriculum was recently highlighted in a leading Ugandan newspaper. For the Ugandan Government, it’s a work in progress. For Educate!, it’s a sign of our impact and change to come.

While the Ugandan government must overcome the hurdles described below in this article, the education reform taking place has come as a result of Educate!’s advocacy, our model’s impact, and government buy-in!

This reform includes inclusion of:

1. A more practical and relevant entrepreneurship curriculum.

2. A business club in schools.

3. A national exam that evaluates what students actually do in the business club, thus forcing the curriculum to be fully practical and transforming the classroom into a business lab.

While change can be slow, this clipping shows how Uganda is taking a huge step to a practical and relevant model of education being a fundamental part of the Uganda’s education system.

Please click on the picture below to see the full article:

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Three of our very own… two Educate! graduates, George William Bakka, and Joachim Ewechu, and one Educate! staff member, Hawah Nabbuye, were selected for the Acumen Fund East Africa Fellowship, Class of 2013!!

For 10 years Acumen Fund has been leading the way in entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of global poverty. Only 20 Fellows were selected in ALL of East Africa. Having three Educate! members selected as Fellows is truly an honor and a testament to our approach and vision.

More on Acumen: Acumen Fund seeks to identify and train the next generation of leaders united by a common mission of harnessing the power of social innovation to create solutions to East Africa’s most pressing problems. Building off of the success of the Global Fellows Program, Acumen expanded their investment in leadership with the East Africa Fellows Program in 2011.

More on the Fellowship: The program is made up of individuals, (three of our very own!), who are driving groundbreaking projects with large social impact both as employees with businesses, public sector organizations, and leading NGOs - and as entrepreneurs. The East Africa Fellows Program offers Fellows the opportunity to receive world-class leadership training along with the tools to accelerate the progress of their social projects.

George, Joachim, and Hawah, were selected because of the social projects they are leading, their outstanding leadership skills, and their potential to empower others. The selection process was extensive and included presentations, group assignments, and individual interviews.

The success of our graduates and team member in receiving the Fellowship is a direct result of the dedication of our supporters like you. Read more about our Acumen Fellows HERE!

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Here is a list of Our Top 10 2012 Things We are Grateful For:

10. Educate! Efficacy Gets Co-Founders Recognized.

Our co-founders were named to Forbes magazine’s Top 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs, joining a cadre of top global innovators and entrepreneurs who are “impatient to change the world”.

9. University X: Educate! is Going Global!

Co-founder Eric Glustrom is expanding Educate!’s mission to the U.S. by launching University X. This U.S. adaptations of Educate aims to prove the impact of our model in diverse contexts (Uganda and the U.S.), thus providing a strong foundation to create a truly global solution.

8. System Change Has Begun…

Working with the Ugandan government, we changed the structure of the national entrepreneurship curriculum exam, which is the driver of the education system. Students will now be tested on what they’re actually doing, rather than memorizing, signaling a new shift in the government’s approach to learning.

7. The Experts Are Talking.

During a recent conference on youth development, a researcher from Results for Development Institute, one of the nation’s premier international development think tanks, was sharing her insights on youth development, and then gave an example of an organization doing things right. The organization she described was… Educate!!

6. The Educate! Scholars in Eastern Uganda Have Been Buzzing With Activity.  

Our Scholars from eastern Uganda have been exceptionally busy this year:

  • Silaj uses soccer in his community to encourage participants to stay in school.
  • Sarah Nambozo began the Hope Youth Saving Scheme, an initiative to inform members of her community about the importance of saving.
  • Juma Mugambe was concerned about the amount of plastic bags littering his village so he started a paper bag making business to reduce waste.
  • Isaac Ngolobe was concerned about the lack of access to affordable clean water so he organized a meeting with water distributors in his community to encourage the creation of a reservoir with a tap system.

5. Countless Partners and Investors Committed to our Work

 
Numerous foundations and individual investors partnered with us to move our mission forward and help us raise almost $1,000,000!

Thank you to Halloran Philanthropies, Segal Family Foundation, Forward Foundation, Cubit Family Foundation, Project Redwood, Red Empress Foundation, Global Fund for Children, The Youth Employment Network, International Labor Organization, The Tomberg Family Philanthropies and others. Thank you as well to the countless individual investors who have made our vision a reality in 2012.


4. Our Scholars (Because they really are THAT amazing!)

Our 1,300 graduates have started more than 600 team enterprises, that involve an average of three people each, ranging from an initiative to plant over 10,000 trees, a fair trade social enterprise that exports products to three countries and employs 66 women affected by HIV/AIDS, the creation of two schools, and even a project which brought electricity to an entire village, among many others.

3. Educate! Awarded the Ashoka Fellowship

The Fellowship is composed of a global community of leading social entrepreneurs, tailored programming and mentorship, and financial support that will help Educate! take important steps towards developing the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs.

2. Curriculum Launched to Over 25,000 Across Uganda!

The Ugandan government has incorporated Educate!’s leadership and entrepreneurship curriculum into the national education system, guiding thousands of secondary school students annually in every corner of the country.

1. YOU!

Our success thus far is a direct result of your generosity and support. Thank you for being an Educate! champion. We look forward to working with you to accomplish even more in 2013.

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As an Educate! Scholar, Monica Etap prides herself on her determination, self-confidence and her desire to serve as a role model for other young women.

She began school at the age of 7. Since then she has progressed greatly in her education.  With the help of the Educate! Experience, Monica knows that her journey in gaining a meaningful education is only beginning!

Although some people have discouraged her in pursuing an education, Monica focuses on the positive and reminds herself that “patience pays.” She is going to use what she has learned from Educate! to work towards a career as an accountant.

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Dilish Ejang is no stranger to hardship; both of her parents passed away a few years ago and she did not have the money to pay for school fees. Consequently she was forced to take a break from her education.

While many would be discouraged by such hardship, Dilish deepened her appreciation for education and her determination to succeed in school.

The Educate! Experience has allowed Dilish to focus on learning and gaining a valuable education. Rather than be disheartened by her misfortunes, they have helped her to find joy in her daily life.  She aims to one day become a contributing member of her community, and Educate! hopes to see her accomplish her dreams!

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