Delivering on the promise of education.
In 2018, Educate! is working in 175 secondary schools in Rwanda
and over 700 schools in Uganda!
Educate! delivers a skills-based model of education in existing secondary schools. The model is comprised of:
Business Ownership and Employment
Our model is sustainable.
We work to change education systems by partnering with:
Governments For Education Reform
The Educate! Experience
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:
1) Skills Course – 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).
2) Mentorship – 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.
3) Student Business Clubs - 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.
4) Experience Teacher Association – 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.
Copylefting: It’s Only Right!
Educate! believes in paying it forward. Our curriculum was developed with the support of leading organizations around the world. We show our gratitude for their help and support by freely sharing our curriculum with everyone working for a common goal.
We are completely open-source with our curriculum. What does that mean exactly? We copyleft it, the opposite of copyright, to ensure that we can have the greatest impact possible around the world. To date we have shared our curriculum with over 150 organizations. Much of the curriculum can be applied across cultures and many of our copylefting partners tailor the case studies and other aspects of the curriculum to their local contexts.
You can receive a copy of our curriculum by completing this form.
Video courtesy of Al Jazeera English