News and Publications
Why are we still falling short on girls’ education globally? Stanford Social Innovation Review highlights a few of the half-truths holding the field back and a few whole truths awaiting discovery. Educate! is featured as an example of a high-impact, evidence-based program in Uganda which, while it aims to improve the education experiences of all youth, has seen a greater impact on girls.
The World Bank’s Jobs and Development Blog highlights Educate!'s work in Rwanda as an example of one of the 19 high-potential, innovative projects profiled by Solutions for Youth Employment.
Apolitical highlights thought leaders who work with governments to solve the most difficult challenges facing communities. A recent case study profiles Educate!’s innovative partnerships with African governments to transform education systems at the national level, as well as the measurable impact we've achieved in Uganda.
Our article "Breaking New Ground: Four Key Lessons from Launching Education Innovations in Post-Conflict Environments" was published in the journal Childhood Education: Innovations. We describe the challenges we faced and lessons we learned in scaling our model to the complex, post-conflict region of Northern Uganda.
For the first time ever Educate! was featured in a broadcast television segment! The Al Jazeera English documentary series, Rebel Education, selected us as one of six institutions across the globe that is breaking the mold and creating a radically new vision for 21st century education. Watch the documentary here. Read the filmmaker's notes on his time spent with Educate!.
Educate!'s model for scale and monitoring and evaluation efforts are featured in Nwunel's book, Social Innovation in Africa, which is focused on filling the knowledge gap for those tackling Africa’s serious social problems.
The BBC's new report focuses on how entrepreneurs are profitable in the most entrepreneurial country, Uganda. Sam, an Educate! graduate, and his successful coffee farm, are highlighted.
35 Dream Jobs highlights the resilience and personal triumphs of young people from around the world as they traverse the difficult journey from education to employment and, hopefully, a dream job. Tinka, a former Educate! Mentor and now team member, and Pauline, an Educate! graduate, shared their stories.
Harvard Graduate School of Education's Global Education Innovation Initiative profiles Educate!'s practical, skills-based model as an example of "21st Century Education in Action".
Dr. Francois Bonnici, director of the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business, highlights Educate! as a model for how to "foster or nurture young people’s entrepreneurial spirit – and address development challenges in the process."
Bill Gates discusses about his optimism for Africa's future and references Educate! as an innovative NGO helping high schools prepare young people for the workplace by teaching students how to start their own business. Read the transcript or watch the speech (1:03:00).
The 2015 Sustainia100 study features 100 new stories from the forefront of sustainability innovation. Deployed in 151 countries, the solutions feature new ways of saving water, managing waste, building homes and safeguarding our food production. The top-100 sustainability solutions were found after reviewing +1500 projects and businesses on six continents. Click here to read the excerpt about Educate!.
Since a skills lab and business clubs were introduced at Ecole Secondaire Nyamirama in Kayonza District along with the competence -based curriculum this year, students no longer regard what they learn as mere far-fetched theory but rather practical work which is relevant to their needs.
The Center for Education Innovations recently interviewed Educate!'s Director of External Relations Loren Crary to discuss Educate!'s exciting momentum and advice for other innovating organizations.
Paul Mugambwa, an Educate! Graduate, credits the financial discipline he learned through Educate! with allowing him to overcome a lack of access to capital. Paul started a landscape and maintenance company called Motion Gardeners, and now employs seven people.
The Educate! Experience is one of fifteen projects chosen by WISE for providing compelling and innovative solutions to today’s most pressing challenges in education.
Out of more than 1,400 applicants from around the world, Educate! has been selected by the Epic Foundation as one of the 20 most impactful youth organizations globally.
Brookings’ Millions Learning Project has featured on their blog a preliminary case study featuring Educate!. The Brookings Institution is the foremost thought leader in international education.
Educate! Highlighted as Case Study in R4D Report and Article "Bridging the job skills gap around the developing world," The Washington Post.
Developing employment skills such as communication, relationship-building, and problem-solving is essential in helping millions of unemployed youth globally, according to a Washington, D.C.-based international development organization that works to help overcome challenges facing people in low- and middle-income countries.
James K. Arinaitwe, Educate! Team Member, writes New York Times Op-Ed, "Uganda's Ticking Bomb," May 2014.
In March, the United States sent 150 Air Force Special Operations forces along with military aircraft to Uganda to help capture Joseph Kony, whose Lord’s Resistance Army has terrorized the country for decades.
A friend transitioning from the corporate world to the social enterprise space recently asked me how to assess a social enterprise. How do we really know when an organization is doing quality work we should rally behind and having a real, positive impact, versus just...
Otim Gerald, Educate! Staff Member, Selected For Third Cohort of Acumen East Africa Fellows, February 2014, Acumen Blog.
Acumen is proud to announce the selection of our third cohort of East Africa Fellows. After a competitive selection process, we’ve chosen are a diverse group of 22 inspiring individuals who are fighting poverty and changing lives of people all over East Africa.
Through Educate!, cofounders Boris Bulayev, Eric Glustrom, and Angelica Towne are transforming Uganda's education system by partnering with locals schools to provide a two-year social entrepreneurship program for 16- to 18-year-olds. The goal: ditching rote memorization in favor of leadership development. In 2013 the organization reached 8,000 students and brought its entrepreneurship course to 25,000 students by integrating into Uganda's national curriculum.
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Govt Changes Examination Format for S.6 Candidates, June 26, 2013, Daily Monitor.
Budding leaders. Gauri Rane & Karishma Venkateswaran. December 2013. DNA India.
Applause Africa, May 2013, Educate!’s Solomon Kayiwa a winner of Youth Network Design Contest Workshop.
Meet Uganda’s Future: Educate! Entrepreneurs. May 28, 2013. Africans in the Diaspora.
Forbes Magazine, December 18, 2012, Educate! Co-Founders Selected for Forbes’ 30 Under 30.
Ashoka Press Alert, August 14, 2012, Social Entrepreneur from Uganda Wins Prestigious Global Fellowship.
Ashoka, July 26, 2012, Ashoka Fellowship.
Wandering Educators, March 28, 2012, Curriculum Launches into National Education System of Uganda.
Echoing Green, March 24, 2012, How to Reach 45,000 Young People.
Christian Science Monitor, March 16, 2012, Educate! Mentor: Why give celebrity status to a killer?
DW Akademie, March 15, 2012, African Stories: different countries but facing similar challenges.
KGNU Radio, February 29, 2012, Educate! Updates.
Examiner.com, February 28, 2012, Educate!’s 3rd Annual Ball for the Future of Africa.
Inside Higher Ed, January 31, 2012, Social Justice Revival.
Care2 E-newsletter, January 20, 2012, Educate! Preparing Uganda’s next Generation of Leaders.