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Copy of Investing in Girls


 

 

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Copy of Investing in Girls


 

 

Giving girls the tools to invest in themselves.

 

Educate!'s impact on girls: Results from Educate!'s randomized controlled trial found that our model has an outsized impact on girls.

 
 
 
 

We believe girls experience greater impact than boys because Educate! addresses key gaps that block girls from achieving their fullest potential.

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Exponential Empowerment

Educate! Graduate Lillian Aero employs over 100 HIV/AIDS affected widows to make crafts and then helps them find markets for their products in three different countries. Watch the video to learn how Lillian is helping to close the employment gap and providing them with marketable skills and a sustainable livelihood. 

 

 

 

Educate! promotes gender-equity at every level of our organization. As a result, 9 out of our top 11 positions are held by women.


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skills gap


Closing the skills gap through practical, experience-based education

skills gap


Closing the skills gap through practical, experience-based education

Girls face unique and greater barriers to success after school as entrepreneurs, in the workforce, and as leaders in their communities.  Girls often receive only limited training in practical, employable skills, such as budgeting and finance. When girls do receive skills training, it tends to be in gender-specific, low-earning markets.

Educate! systematically gives girls the tools to tackle these barriers, so they can improve their own livelihoods and become drivers of development.

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Educate! trains Mentors, teachers, and administrators to identify gender stereotypes faced by students and assists in the creation of strategies for empowering boys and girls equally in the classroom.

Educate! provides girls with the tools they need to develop economic resources and confidence in their skills, allowing them to transform their families and communities.

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Educate! teaches students how to access capital, how to save, and how to plan for the future. Savings skills offer a risk-free method of capital accumulation, and allow female entrepreneurs to overcome the asset gap.

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Educate! facilitates hands-on experience in a safe learning environment, so students have the opportunity to explore new challenges and the confidence to learn from mistakes they make along the way.

 

Educate! is continually making big strides toward building our gender expertise. We are currently working to pilot changes that will prepare us to develop a best-in-class, organization-wide girls empowerment strategy that we can implement and improve as we grow, in Uganda and beyond. This includes both research to learn what we have done right with girls – so that we can scale the outsized impact of our program– and studying our gender-related challenges to produce a comprehensive gender equity component of our scaling program.

 

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Gender project


Building a Best-in-Class Girls Strategy

Gender project


Building a Best-in-Class Girls Strategy

Educate! has an outsized impact on girls, which inspired us to launch a comprehensive research and development project to better understand this impact and to create new strategies for addressing the gender challenges our students face.

Along with in-depth research through focus groups and key informant interviews, we created and tested interventions to support gender justice, including designing a more gender-responsive Skills Course, launching a gender workshop for Educate! Experience Association teachers and administrators, and challenging Ugandan educators to create a Gender Code of Behavior at their schools. 

Project Interventions

A Gender-Responsive Skills Course

Course materials now include more case studies of female entrepreneurs and women in professional leadership positions, and our Mentors complete a comprehensive gender training to ensure that gender best practices are incorporated in the Educate! classroom.

A Gender Workshop for Educators

Educate! hosted a workshop to give education professionals the tools to support girls in overcoming gender barriers in the classroom. We also introduced key terms and concepts related to gender awareness and gender equity in education.

Gender Code of Behavior

After the gender workshop, the teachers and administrators went back to their schools and led a gender training for their coworkers. In this training, the school staff worked together to create a Gender Code of Behavior for their school, committing educators to five actions related to gender equity in the classroom. 

Educate! Program Coordinator Jane Sebuyungo facilitating the Gender Training in Mbale. Jane received her Master’s Degree in Gender.

Educate! Program Coordinator Jane Sebuyungo facilitating the Gender Training in Mbale. Jane received her Master’s Degree in Gender.

Project Findings

Through an iterative, mixed-methods research approach, we evaluated the impact of these interventions and found that:

  • Our curriculum positively influences Scholar perceptions about women’s ability to start their own businesses, pursue higher income activities outside the home, and be worthy of investment.

  • Our teacher intervention resulted in both male and female teachers showing a significant improvement in attitudes about girls taking leadership positions, pursuing higher income activities outside the home, and actively participating in the classroom.

We Are Committed

Educate! is committed to the fight for female equality as we pioneer the expansion of skills-based education throughout Africa. But we aren’t finished yet. Our aim is to build a best-in-class girls' empowerment strategy so that, as we scale, hundreds of thousands of girls across Africa can break free from systemic inequality and drive their community’s economic development.

Our research also revealed that we have more work to do to support our female Scholars to take top leadership positions in school, preparing them to be community leaders after they graduate. We are energized by the progress we’ve made and deeply committed to continually improving our model to provide the best, most impactful experience for the tens of thousands of young women we reach.