Educate! develops youth leaders in Uganda and increases incomes by 160%
Educate! is a social enterprise in Uganda that is developing leaders and entrepreneurs to boost youth employment and economic livelihoods.
Although education is important in increasing youth employment, the education system in Uganda relies on outdated teaching methods, such as repetition and rote memorization.
Educate!’s model provides business and leadership training, mentorship, and experience starting an enterprise, all with a highly trained teacher, for students in their last two years of high school in Uganda.
In 2014, the organization will reach 200 schools and 20,000 students in Uganda. On average, a graduate of Educate!'s program earns 160% more in income, as compared to a control group in a randomized control trial.
Check out Educate! @ www.experienceeducate.org
Educate! develops young leaders and entrepreneurs in Uganda
Educate!'s Executive Director Boris Bulayev with Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting
Meet Educate! graduate Lillian Aero Olok and learn how Educate! provided her with the tools she needed to create positive change in her community.
This organization inspires me because the education system in both developed and developing countries fails to adequately prepare youth to enter the job market. Although Educate! is focused on students in Sub-Saharan Africa, specifically Uganda, I believe that practical training on leadership and entrepreneurship would be beneficial to students around the world. In addition, a key component of Educate!'s success is the fact that the organization works in partnership with the Ugandan government, which allows the organization to reach significantly more end users than if it was operating independently.
- Although education is important for youth employment, a high quality education system is necessary for students to reach their full potential
- Educate! has designed a practical solution that is easily replicated across schools (and countries)
- Partnerships with governments and institutions allows a solution to be disseminated across a far greater number of end users
- Generating significant impact and a rigorous impact assessment (through a randomized control trial) are equally important when comparing potential solutions to youth unemployment
- How can Educate!'s model be scaled to more countries and students in Africa and the rest of the developing world?
- How can Educate!'s model be adapted for developed countries (e.g. the United States)?
- How can information technology be used to take the best practices learned from Educate!'s experience and disseminated to homes and classrooms outside of the organization's core program?
- What are the policies and institutions that need to be reformed to incorporate the learnings from Educate!?