Educate! partners with governments to deliver the skills-based education students need through national education systems.
Educate!’s long-term vision is inherently sustainable:
For us, ultimate success means creating long-term impact by incorporating our model of skills-based education into national education systems across Africa.
We engage with governments to support reforms to the national curriculum, exams, and teacher training so that the innovations we make today impact as many students as possible and help generations of students to come.
We encourage governments and schools to adapt and integrate our evidence-based approach as they undertake education reforms to help prepare students for life after school. By working both at the policy level and at the school level, Educate! is able to provide locally-relevant solutions that answer the needs of ministries, schools and families.
Drawing from our experience on the ground, we advise national governments on curriculum, design, teacher training initiatives, and school management practices to ensure that students graduate with the skills they need to solve poverty. Our vision is for national education systems to be drivers of sustainable development.
Government Engagement Progress
Educate! has been invited by national governments across Africa to share the secrets of our success for greater system-wide impact.
Uganda: In the second half of 2017, we supported the Uganda National Education Board (UNEB) with research on Uganda’s practical entrepreneurship exam, which we worked on as part of the country’s national upper secondary reforms in 2012. Our goal is to see whether introducing a practical assessment tool influenced teachers’ adoption of skills-based pedagogy. Data collection for this research is complete and UNEB is currently working on the final report on the findings.
Rwanda: In 2017, we continued to provide technical advisory support to ensure that key elements of the new entrepreneurship curriculum, e.g. Skills Lab, student portfolios, and Student Business Clubs, are being fully incorporated into teachers' resource materials, as well as their daily activities. Educate! participated on the editing team for Mentor manuals to be used by school-based Mentors and Mentor trainers and provided technical assistance in the writing of the S4 textbook and the entrepreneurship teachers' guide.
We then supported new curriculum rollout through the Educate! Exchange program, working in parallel with our partner organization Akazi Kanoze Access. In 2017, we nearly completed our first two-year Educate! Exchange program to support the implementation and teacher training for Rwanda’s national entrepreneurship curriculum reform. In order to successfully support this reform in schools, we collaborated with government officials, district master trainers and school administrators in termly teacher trainings. In addition, we held regular trainings for school administrators and local education officers to help create support systems at district and sector levels and in schools that encourage teachers to implement new practices.
Uganda: Educate! continued to support Uganda’s government with the integration of a more practical national entrepreneurship curriculum in 2016. To test the new curriculum components and get feedback, we piloted two new units by teaching them in nine schools. In partnership with Uganda’s National Curriculum Development Center, we reported on our findings, and hosted a workshop with the teachers involved to share results and incorporate their feedback.
Rwanda: In 2016 Educate! advised the government of Rwanda on skills-based education reforms and worked with the Rwandan Education Board (in partnership with Akaze Kanoze) to help design a new curriculum.
Educate!, together with Akazi Kanoze, also supported the Rwandan government with nationwide rollout of this skills-based curriculum. We launched a teacher training program in 2016, called the Educate! Exchange, whose goal is to accelerate the adoption of experiential teaching methods, leading to the practice of workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, and 21st century skills in schools.
Uganda: Educate! continued to work with the Ugandan government to include skills-based learning in secondary education by:
- supporting the government’s goal of student business creation through lower secondary education reform.
- promoting teacher training for skills-based education.
- encouraging use of Educate!’s 21st century skills assessment tool.
Rwanda: Educate! signed an MOU with the Rwandan government to incorporate the Skills Lab and Student Business Club components of the Educate! model into the government’s competency-based reforms to be rolled out across Rwanda. With partners EDC and Akazi Kanoze, Educate! ran a training of trainers to support Rwanda's secondary school teachers in integrating the Skills Lab into their classrooms.
Beyond: Educate! invited the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development to tour our program in Uganda. This visit was a follow-up to Educate!'s Global Education Conference in April, where delegates from four countries (Kenya, Uganda, Cameroon, Rwanda) attended and spoke about their shared belief in the importance of competency-based education. Finally, in early 2015 Amon Charities and the Ministry of Education in Cameroon invited Educate! to advise and provide training for an Entrepreneurship Pilot program.
Uganda: Educate! signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with the Ugandan government, encouraging schools to work with Educate! and outlining that the Ministry of Education will look at Educate!'s impact and consider adoption of program components based on that evidence. We were thrilled to deepen our partnership and move closer to our goal of sustainability through government engagement.
Uganda: Educate! supported Uganda's government in nationally integrating a more practical entrepreneurship curriculum and student business club structure. This curriculum now reaches more than 50,000 youth annually.
According to a leading Ugandan newspaper, 45% of Ugandan schools now have active Student Business Clubs.
- Educate! supported the Ugandan government in improving a national exam to evaluate what students actually accomplish in the business clubs, as well as their experience assessing markets – changes which greatly increased incentives for students to start businesses while in school.