The Educate! Experience in Uganda
Educate!'s flagship program, the Educate! Experience, is designed to give students the skills to solve poverty for themselves and their communities. We deliver our practical, skills-based model of education by partnering with existing secondary schools. The program model is driven by the amazing people involved – the students, mentors, and teachers in these partner schools.
Core Components of the Educate! Experience Include:
An Educate!-trained Mentor provides world-class leadership, entrepreneurship and workforce readiness training to 40 Educate! Scholars at each partner school during the course of a year and a half. Scholars are selected using a competitive application process that prioritizes gender balance, student need, and their interest in the program. The curriculum includes 80-minute lessons delivered weekly and is designed to build 21st century skills. (See a sample lesson).
Educate!’s Scholars recruit other students to join them in forming a Student Business Club. Student Business 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. With support from the Educate! Mentor and an Associate Teacher, students start one or more enterprises in a team. In the last term students prepare for the annual National Student Business competition, organized by Educate!, which enables them to build on business skills they’ve learned like public speaking and presentation.
Scholars are mentored through the challenges they face in starting enterprises and community initiatives. Additionally, the Scholars provide peer mentorship for lower secondary students. Each Scholar is encouraged to mentor at least three lower secondary students, creating impact throughout the school and helping Scholars develop communication and management skills.
Educate!’s Experience Associations build capacity in schools by training at least one teacher and one administrator from each school to begin integrating our skills-based approach. Experience Associations also support effective rollout of national curriculum reforms. Members learn how to use interactive and student-centered teaching methods, how to facilitate group mentorship sessions, and how to guide students through the process of starting student businesses. Experience Association teachers reach students annually at each partner school through their regular classes, and act as patrons to the Educate! Student Business Clubs