Giving girls the tools to invest in themselves


Our recent 4-year post-program randomized controlled trial found a statistically significant improvement for both males and females in soft skills, gender equity-related areas, and education outcomes, and our impact on women is even larger.

Female participants of the Educate! Experience are:


Results from a follow-on Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) to measure our program’s impact on students 4 years after completing the Educate! Experience. Carney, Dana, et al. (2019). “Educate! Evaluation: Four-year Follow-up Report.”


 These effect sizes are comparable to interventions that purely target gender outcomes.


Girls face unique and greater barriers to success during and after school as entrepreneurs, in the workforce, and as leaders in their communities. Educate! systematically gives girls the tools to tackle these barriers, so they can improve their own livelihoods and become drivers of development.

We're working towards closing the skills gap through practical, skills-based education. Our model teaches the transferable or soft skills demanded most by both employers and students themselves, and on top of those foundational soft skills, layers the hard skills of business.


 Barbara’s Journey as an Educate! Graduate

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A story of the impact of the Educate! Experience on a female student and graduate over time, based upon evidence from our rigorous external evaluations.


Barbara enrolls in the Educate! Experience and

builds valuable transferable skills

like self-efficacy, creativity, and grit.

Soft skills impacts were large and statistically significant for female Educate! participants 4 years post-program, e.g. self-efficacy at 0.13 SD, creativity at 22.9%, and grit at 0.21 SD.**

In two rigorous evaluations, students demonstrated large income and employment gains at the end of the program, before graduating from high school.


Barbara is able to pay her school

fees with the income she earned and

graduates from high school.

Female participants are 7.9% more likely to graduate than their peers.**

A follow-on RCT revealed that youth who go through our program are prioritizing tertiary, trading off short-term economic gains from working full time for longer-term potential gains from higher education.

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Though Barbara has not been focusing on earning an

income while enrolled in university, she graduates with

honors and pursues employment as a civil engineer.

Females are 10.8% more likely to graduate and with a GPA that is 0.21 SD higher than those who did not participate in the Educate! Experience.**

*Results from a quasi-experimental evaluation conducted from 2015-2017, in partnership with BRAC, to better understand the impact of the Educate! Experience at scale: BRAC. (2018). “
PSM End of Course Evaluation Report.”

**Results from female subsample of a follow-on Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) to measure our program’s impact on students 3.5 years after graduating from secondary. Carney, Dana, et al. (2019). “Educate! Evaluation: Four-year Follow-up Report.”


In high school, Barbara starts a small business and earns more than double the income of her peers.

Female Educate! participants earn 244% more income than their peers towards the end of secondary school, both genders earning 95% more than their peers not in the program.*


Barbara delays entering the workforce and

enrolls in university to study engineering.

Female participants are 25.0% more likely to enroll in university and 26.8% more likely to choose a business or STEM degree than her peers who did not participate in the Educate! Experience.**


Barbara’s improved life skills, higher education

attainment, choice of a higher-earning major,

and improved gender-related outcomes are

strongly correlated with enduring, long-term

labor market and income improvements.

Female participants are 21.2% less likely to have children/have been pregnant, 18.1% less likely to report being a victim of inter-partner violence, and 29.0% more likely to feel as though she can decide whether she works outside of the home.**

 Strategically empowering female entrepreneurs and leaders


Educate! is continually building our gender expertise. We are currently working to pilot changes that will prepare us to develop a best-in-class, organization-wide girls empowerment strategy that we can implement and improve as we grow, in Uganda and beyond. This includes both research to identify what is working as well as our gender equity-related challenges. We aim to continue to scale the impact of our program while strengthening its gender equity components. 

Girls often receive only limited training in practical, employable skills, such as self-efficacy, negotiation, and business opportunity identification. When girls do receive skills training, it tends to be in gender-specific, low-earning markets. Educate! works to:

  • Facilitate hands-on experiences in a safe learning environment, so students have the opportunity to explore new challenges and the confidence to learn from mistakes they make along the way

  • Provide girls with the tools they need to develop economic resources and confidence in their skills, allowing them to transform their families and communities

  • Train Mentors, teachers, and administrators to identify gender stereotypes faced by students and assists in the creation of strategies for empowering boys and girls equally in the classroom

  • Teach students how to engage in deliberative dialogue, access capital, save, and plan for the future. Savings skills offer a risk-free method of capital accumulation, and allow female entrepreneurs to overcome the asset gap



Exponential Empowerment

Educate! graduate Lillian Aero employs over 100 HIV/AIDS affected widows to make crafts and then helps them find markets for their products in three different countries. Watch the video to learn how Lillian is helping to close the employment gap and providing them with marketable skills and a sustainable livelihood. 


Educate! promotes gender equity at every level of our organization.

As a result, 9 of our top 11 positions are held by women.



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