We launched the Educate! Experience in 24 schools in four districts in Uganda.
We received funding from Echoing Green, a leading venture philanthropy fund, and won a number of awards. We triumphed over 460 other organizations to win the Quality Education in Africa competition put on by Ashoka Changemakers, placing Educate! among the most innovative new education programs on the African continent.
Early in 2010, Educate! gained recognition for its innovative model, coming in first place out of over 260 in the Pan African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education. Later that year the biggest testament to our impact to-date arrived when Educate! was asked by the government of Uganda and the United Nations’ International Labor Organization (ILO) to incorporate its program into Uganda’s national entrepreneurship curriculum. Educate! became a partner with Uganda’s National Curriculum Development Center and provided insight and advice for the national curriculum.
In 2012, the curricula that Educate! advised were officially rolled out through the Ministry of Education in Uganda, reaching more than 25,000 youth annually. In addition, Educate! was a technical advisor to the National Curriculum Development Center as it revised the national exam for its entrepreneurship course. Educate!’s suggestions to make the test less focused on rote memorization were accepted, and the exam now assesses what students actually accomplish through their Student Business Clubs. We see this as an important first step for Uganda in evaluating experience-based learning, and are thrilled to have had the opportunity to contribute to the conversation.
In 2012, we also launched our Experience Associations to support schools in delivering Educate!’s experience-based education model on their own. This program helps teachers to teach with more interactive methods, mentor students in school, and give students actual experience starting a business. It also supports administrators in building a welcoming context for the Educate! model and in holding teachers accountable for their commitments to Educate!.
In 2013, we began preparing for aggressive growth by consolidating and optimizing our model to make it as cost-effective, replicable, and financially sustainable as possible.
We grew to 54 schools and over 5,000 youth. Educate! graduates, George William Bakka and Joachim Ewechu, and Educate! staff member, Hawah Nabbuye, were selected for the Acumen Fund East Africa Fellowship, Class of 2013.
We set the ambitious goal of working in 200 schools in 2014 and exceeded it, growing to 238 schools. That’s more than 4X growth from 2013!
We were very excited to receive the results from our Randomized Control Trial, the gold standard in impact evaluation. Learning, amongst many other things, that 94% of graduates owned a business, had a job, or attended university.
We are one full year ahead of our international expansion due to huge demand for our model. Educate reached almost 90,000 youth, impacting 10,000 intensively, in 252 schools across Uganda.
We starting working with Uganda’s National Curriculum Development Center as a technical adviser on its lower secondary curriculum.
Educate! received global acclaim for our work from some of the most prestigious organizations in our field, including the 2015 WISE award and recognition as a Brookings Institution case study on scaling education.
We have grown to 350 schools, which includes a new regional expansion of 80 schools in Northern Uganda.
Rwanda launches a new reformed national entrepreneurship curriculum, which includes components of the Educate! model.
The Global Innovation Fund selects Educate! As an inaugural investment.