Purpose

Preparing youth in Africa with the skills to succeed in today’s economy.

Mission

To develop young leaders and entrepreneurs in Africa.

 What We Do

 

Educate! tackles youth unemployment by reforming what schools teach and how they teach it, so that students in Africa have the skills to attain further education, overcome gender inequities, start businesses, get jobs and drive development in their communities. Our model is delivered through practically-trained teachers and empowered youth mentors. Educate!’s goal is to make this practical, skills-based model part of national education systems. 

 
 
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Vision for 2024

Educate!'s Vision for 2024 is to measurably impact 1 million students across Africa each year.

 
 

The Opportunity

Africa will be 40% of the world by 2100—its population is expected to grow from 1.2 to 4 billion and the continent could have more youth at that time than the total population of the US. As many as 90% of African youth are projected to work in the informal sector. These demographics, along with a scarcity of jobs, have led to dramatic rates of youth unemployment. Education systems in Africa already face challenges meeting young peoples’ needs–current curricula and teaching methods don’t consistently prepare students for what’s to come following graduation. Despite an eagerness and commitment to learn, even students who finish secondary school often find themselves lacking the skills needed to attain further education, overcome gender inequities, and secure one of the few available jobs, leading to unemployment and underemployment.

The Solution

Educate! believes that by transforming secondary education we can equip youth with the skills to disrupt the systemic problem of youth unemployment.

By creating a new educational model that reforms what schools teach and how they teach it, Educate! is empowering teachers and youth mentors to equip students with the skills to drive measurable change. Educate!’s experiential model teaches the transferable/soft skills demanded most by both employers and students themselves, such as teamwork, public speaking, networking, critical thinking, self-confidence, and creativity. On top of those foundational soft skills, we layer the hard skills of business including planning, budgeting, savings, and market research.