In 2009, Educate!’s inaugural year, Sam Mbulamukungi enrolled in a Skills Course and changed the trajectory of his life. For years, Sam’s parents used their small farming wages for two things: paying for their family’s basic needs and Sam’s education. It was this sacrifice that motivated Sam to excel in school, hoping that one day his parents’ efforts would pay off. When James Katumba, an Educate! Mentor, told Sam and his secondary school classmates that they could enroll in a course to acquire leadership and entrepreneurship skills, Sam believed that this was the opportunity he had been searching for. And Sam wasn’t the only one who felt this way; he recalls how “the whole school was being put on fire from the flame that Educate! had lit in us.” The Skills Course, Sam thought, could change everything. Sam was right.

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