The Educate! Exchange Program in Rwanda

Educate!’s program in Rwanda, called the Educate! Exchange, supports Rwanda’s upper secondary school curriculum roll-out.  The goal of this program is to support teachers in adopting competency-based teaching methods, leading to the practice of entrepreneurship skills in schools.

Whatever you’re doing to my teachers, it’s good. My teachers used to be shy, and after a couple of trainings they became more confident. They are now teaching better and they’re more creative.
— Rwanda District Master Trainer

Numbers in Rwanda in 2016

120 schools
120 teachers targeted
6,000 students directly impacted
18,000 students broadly impacted
10 districts

 
Student Business Clubs are student-led clubs where students experiment with starting one or more enterprises in a team setting. The clubs provide an experiential platform for students to acquire critical 21st century and business/employability skills that will enable them to meet the demands of the labor market or create their own jobs if that market fails them. Students taking the Entrepreneurship Subject participate in Student Business Clubs to gain practical experience starting real businesses. 

Student Business Clubs are student-led clubs where students experiment with starting one or more enterprises in a team setting. The clubs provide an experiential platform for students to acquire critical 21st century and business/employability skills that will enable them to meet the demands of the labor market or create their own jobs if that market fails them. Students taking the Entrepreneurship Subject participate in Student Business Clubs to gain practical experience starting real businesses. 

 
Skills Labs is the experiential education teaching pedagogy aspect of our model (i.e. the way we teach students by doing) and is a core part of Rwanda’s new curriculum reforms. We have packaged this aspect in the Skills Lab structure to give teachers a tool to use for any subject matter that makes learning more interactive, student-focused and practical. This is a valuable tool in education systems where teachers are used to teacher-centered pedagogy and rote-memorization, which can help them shift into more experiential-based learning. Skills Labs focus on interactive group work and always involve three methods of approaching a subject: 1) Build – sharing of knowledge, 2) Practice – a hands on opportunity to practice the skill, and 3) Present – where students present their work while developing presenting skills and receiving feedback. 

Skills Labs is the experiential education teaching pedagogy aspect of our model (i.e. the way we teach students by doing) and is a core part of Rwanda’s new curriculum reforms. We have packaged this aspect in the Skills Lab structure to give teachers a tool to use for any subject matter that makes learning more interactive, student-focused and practical. This is a valuable tool in education systems where teachers are used to teacher-centered pedagogy and rote-memorization, which can help them shift into more experiential-based learning. Skills Labs focus on interactive group work and always involve three methods of approaching a subject: 1) Build – sharing of knowledge, 2) Practice – a hands on opportunity to practice the skill, and 3) Present – where students present their work while developing presenting skills and receiving feedback. 

 
 

Program Components