Educate!'s Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action

We're proud to announce that Educate! has been recognized at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting.  

In line with Educate!’s bold goal of scaling to reach one million youth annually by 2024, Educate! has committed at the 2016 CGI Annual Meeting this week to:

  • Expand to 450 schools in 2017, impacting 16,000 youth intensively in Uganda while broadly reaching over 150,000 youth.
  • Scale to 550 schools across Uganda in 2018, impacting 19,000 youth intensively and over 190,000 youth more broadly.
  • Launch in a third African country by 2019.

Our 2016 Commitment comes at a pivotal moment, as recent data indicates that enrollment in secondary school in Africa will be doubling in the next 15 years, with 90% of youth working in the informal sector. By the end of the next century, 50% of the world’s children will be African, and 6 to 7 billion young people will go through African secondary schools. Now, more than ever, it is crucial that education systems fulfill their promise of providing opportunity and a path to a better life. 

Educate! is working to transform education in Africa to make African schools incubators for future leaders and entrepreneurs, and we’re on the cusp of a massive expansion. This new Commitment aligns with our Vision for 2024 to impact one million youth annually across Sub-Saharan Africa, empowering them with the skills they need to solve poverty for themselves and their communities.  Our ultimate goal is to replicate our experience-based education model across Africa, to create a grassroots movement of young people driving sustainable development. Our proven model has a direct impact on life outcomes: Educate! graduates earn DOUBLE the income of their peers. Educate! is the most effective and sustainable solution to youth unemployment and youth poverty, and that’s why we’re proud to use this Commitment to share our ambitious goals for scale.

Educate!’s 2016 commitment builds on our 2013 CGI Commitment to Action to scale our proven skills-based education model from 54 schools to 200 schools by 2015. We are proud to have surpassed the goals set out in the previous commitment-- from the start of Educate!’s 2013 Commitment until the end of our 2016 Commitment, Educate! will have increased the number of schools we are working in tenfold!

About the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)—an initiative of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation—convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 180 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media.

To date, members of the CGI community have made over 3,400 commitments, improving the lives of more than 430 million people in over 180 countries. CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at