Preparing youth in Africa with the skills to succeed in today’s economy.
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 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.
Vision for 2024
Educate!'s Vision for 2024 is to measurably impact 1 million students across Africa each year.
Africa’s youth population is surging. Nearly 50% of all Africans are younger than 18, and that number is rising. 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 for the few available jobs, leading to unemployment and underemployment.
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 “hard skills” of business including planning, budgeting, savings and market research. Educate! complements these skills with the “soft skills” demanded most by both employers and students themselves, such as teamwork, public speaking, networking, critical thinking, self-confidence and creativity.