Educate! serves as a technical advisor to national governments to sustainably impact the greatest number of youth. Below is a summary of our partnership with the Ugandan government.
In the second half of 2017, we supported the Uganda National Education Board (UNEB) with research on Uganda’s practical entrepreneurship exam, which we worked on as part of the country’s national upper secondary reforms in 2012. Our goal is to see whether introducing a practical assessment tool influenced teachers’ adoption of skills-based pedagogy. Data collection for this research is complete and UNEB is currently working on the final report on the findings.
Educate! continued to support Uganda’s government with the integration of a more practical national entrepreneurship curriculum in 2016. To test the new curriculum components and get feedback, we piloted two new units by teaching them in nine schools. In partnership with Uganda’s National Curriculum Development Center, we reported on our findings, and hosted a workshop with the teachers involved to share results and incorporate their feedback.
Educate! continued to work with the Ugandan government to include skills-based learning in secondary education by:
Supporting the government’s goal of student business creation through lower secondary education reform,
Promoting teacher training for skills-based education, and
Encouraging the use of Educate!’s 21st century skills assessment tool.
Educate! also invited the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development to tour our program in Uganda. This visit was a follow-up to Educate!'s Global Education Conference in April, where delegates from four countries (Kenya, Uganda, Cameroon, Rwanda) attended and spoke about their shared belief in the importance of competency-based education. Finally, in early 2015 Amon Charities and the Ministry of Education in Cameroon invited Educate! to advise and provide training for an Entrepreneurship Pilot program.
Educate! signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with the Ugandan government, encouraging schools to work with Educate! and outlining that the Ministry of Education will look at Educate!'s impact and consider adoption of program components based on that evidence. We were thrilled to deepen our partnership and move closer to our goal of sustainability through government engagement.
Educate! supported Uganda's government in nationally integrating a more practical entrepreneurship curriculum and student business club structure. This curriculum now reaches more than 50,000 youth annually.
According to a leading Ugandan newspaper, 45% of Ugandan schools now have active Student Business Clubs.
Educate! supported the Ugandan government in improving a national exam to evaluate what students actually accomplish in the business clubs, as well as their experience assessing markets – changes which greatly increased incentives for students to start businesses while in school.