Thank you for your interest in Educate!’s leadership and entrepreneurship curriculum.
Educate! developed the curriculum with the help of wonderful organizations around the world including: African Leadership Academy (South Africa), The Posse Foundation, Echoing Green, Ashoka (US), Cornerstone (Uganda), Private Education Development Network (Uganda), and Transformative Action Institute (US). These organizations generously shared their materials with Educate!, and we believe in the importance of sharing our curriculum with everyone working for a common goal.
We are completely open-source with our curriculum – in other words we copyleft it – to ensure that we have synthesized and developed a curriculum that can have the greatest impact possible around the world.
To give some examples of our copylefting partners: Congo Leadership Initiative translated the curriculum to French and has been leading youth through a shortened version of the curriculum for several years. They're expanding by helping other organizations around the DRC implement the model. A school in Mexico translated the curriculum to Spanish and incorporated the Educate! model (including mentorship) throughout their classes. AfricAid translated the curriculum to Swahili and has innovated on the model to empower girls in Tanzania.
Each lesson plan is taught for two hours once a week by one of Educate!’s Mentors to a group of approximately 20 youth at our partner high schools in Uganda. The youth are all in A Level (fifth and sixth years of secondary school). The Mentors, who are all recent university graduates in Uganda, go through a three-month, full-time Induction before teaching the curriculum.
The Mentors use a relationship-based, student-centered instruction method. By building supportive relationships with the youth, Mentors effectively empower the next generation to lead change. We believe the curriculum is most effective when taught in such a way. Much of the curriculum can be applied across cultures and many of our copylefting partners tailor the case studies and other aspects of the curriculum to their local contexts.