Mentoring for Success: Best Practices from Solutions for Youth Employment (S4YE) Workshop

This May, Educate! had the privilege of participating in an online workshop exploring the design and implementation of mentorship programs. Organized by Solutions for Youth Employment (S4YE) - a coalition led by the World Bank, the workshop convened a distinguished group of global organizations to share insight and learnings around supporting the world’s young entrepreneurs.

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Celebrating 10 Years of Building Evidence

As we continue to celebrate ten years of the Educate! Experience, we want to highlight the dedicated staff who have allowed Educate! to reach this milestone and those who are working to prepare Educate! for its next decade of impact. Today, we are excited to spotlight Educate!’s Director of Monitoring and Evaluation, Meghan Mahoney.

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Innovating for Gender Equity

Despite the significant progress made in girls’ education globally, female students continue to experience persistent inequality that holds them back from realizing their full potential. That’s why as Educate! has scaled, we have also doubled down our commitment to ensure gender equity permeates every aspect of our program. In 2018, we worked to develop the most effective tools to understand and perpetuate Educate!’s outsized impact on girls by developing several key gender equity innovations and activities.

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Sarah's Path to Independence

Standing in the shade on the side of her grandmother’s house near Jinja, Uganda, Sarah flips through the collection of brightly colored kitenge fabric that she will soon shape into dresses, purses, and shirts. Proudly, she holds up each of her tailored pieces, grinning as she describes the intricate designs and how her ability to speak Kiswahili landed her a good deal with a fabric supplier in Tanzania. But Sarah’s path to get to where she is today — a confident young entrepreneur and provider for her family — has not been an easy one.

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Building a Best-in-Class Team

At Educate!, we believe that the most innovative and impactful organizations are fueled by high-growth, mission-driven teams. That’s why we’ve focused on hiring a best-in-class team, with a strong focus on East African leadership, critical to achieving meaningful impact.

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Awakening the Sleeping Genius: Muzito Trains Innovators Across Borders

Muzito Anthony is an innovator at heart. Since joining Educate! in 2011, he’s been promoted numerous times and helped to launch Educate!’s programs in both Rwanda and Kenya. Today, Muzito plays a crucial role on Educate!’s global Programs team as Training Specialist, training staff and integrating sustainability-focused innovations into our program model. We recently caught up with Muzito in Kigali to hear about his journey building Educate!’s teams across three countries.

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Four Lessons from My 10 Years Designing for Youth

Over the past ten years, I’ve been proud to design and direct the implementation of our programs in schools in East Africa. 2019 marks an exceptional milestone for our team – a decade of operating our flagship Educate! Experience program in schools across Uganda. Taking this opportunity to reflect my own journey with Educate!, I’ve identified a few key lessons that have informed my personal approach to design.

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Reflecting on 10 Years with Educate!

2019 is an important milestone for the entire Educate! family, but it is especially significant for those team members who have been here from the start. To reflect on this journey, we caught up with Connie Mpirirwe, who joined the team more than ten years ago as one of Educate!’s first Mentors.

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Scaling Educate!’s Innovative Design Philosophy

Educate!’s Design and Experiment (D&X) team is on the front lines of impact – thoughtfully crafting the curriculum and content that reaches thousands of African youth and prepares them with the skills they need for life after school. To scale our design approach alongside our growth, Educate!’s D&X team developed the Design Academy. This rigorous interactive online learning experience is a tool for onboarding new design staff and building capacity on our D&X team.

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Abigail Leads the Next Generation

Empowered, ambitious, and brave, Educate! graduate Abigail Chepkwurui is making waves for gender equity and driving change in her community. “I have to become a Member of Parliament.” For Abigail Chepkwurui, a twenty-year-old Educate! Graduate from Eastern Uganda, this is a goal she’s been actively working toward since before joining Educate!. “I’ll campaign for 2026.”

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