of the population is under age 25
as much as 69%
of youth are unemployed or underemployed.
of employed people nationwide are self-employed or working in family firms.
Where Do We Work?
Educate! currently works in the 11 districts marked on the map below. the 11 districts have a wide geographic spread and contain about 36% of Rwanda's total population.
Impact in 2016
In response to the high youth unemployment rates and growing youth population, the government has pivoted their national curriculum to a competence-based approach in order to improve teaching and learning strategies, and equip youth with the skills they need to drive the economy.
Educate! has been invited by Rwanda’s Ministry of Education to work on the ground floor of the reform.
Educate!’s role in Rwanda is two-fold: To be a technical advisor to the government on the skills based curriculum reforms and to support the effective rollout of the reforms.
Technical Advisory Services
In 2016, Educate! advised the government of Rwanda on ambitious skills-based education reforms. This was a pivotal step toward bringing our model to scale across Africa to combat youth unemployment. Educate!’s work in Rwanda will ultimately impact the education of 215,000 youth annually - that’s every secondary student in the country.
Educate! worked with the Rwandan Education Board to design its new Competence-Based Curriculum, which features two unique innovations to support competency-based education:
Curriculum Reform Rollout
To support the Rwandan government with the roll-out of its skills-based curriculum reforms, Educate!, together with our partner, Rwandan NGO Akazi Kanoze, launched a teacher training program in 2016. The goal of this program, called the Educate! Exchange, is to support teachers in adopting experiential teaching methods, leading to the practice of entrepreneurship and 21st century skills in schools.
Our Youth Leaders are the frontline workers in Rwanda. They are on-the-ground support for administration, teachers, and students and are integral to a well-rounded adoption of the new curriculum. Each of our Youth Leaders is responsible for:
Monitoring: Using smartphone technology, Youth Leaders regularly report on key indicators to ensure program delivery and quality
Mentoring and Skills Training: As entrepreneurs themselves, Youth Leaders mentor entrepreneurship students in business development and train them in product-making.
- Exchange Visit support: To ensure that teachers are maximizing the peer-learning opportunity, Youth Leaders attend Exchange Visits to guide teachers through feedback sessions.
We believe that the future of Rwanda can be unlocked by this progressive curriculum where teachers empower students with hard and soft skills that are critical in creating a sustainable society where young people are job creators, market stimulators, and change makers in their own careers, communities, and country.
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