Educate! provides youth with skills training in leadership, entrepreneurship and workforce readiness, along with mentorship, to start real businesses at school. 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.
Our current core revenue strategy focuses on building strong, long-term relationships with impact-oriented family and institutional foundation partners. The majority of Educate!’s donors are institutional and corporate foundations, with a smaller portfolio of private individual gifts. Our long-term funding strategy is providing our technical advisory support of reforms to governments on a fee for service basis. However, we are always open to ideas for new funding sources, and would love to speak with you further about this funding concept.
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Currently, Educate!’s schools are almost equally distributed amongst urban, peri-urban, and rural areas, with a slightly higher urban distribution because we first launched in Kampala. In fact, our growth strategy inherently demands that we effectively target and work within a nationally representative mix of schools, as our aim is to reach at least 1/3 of all schools in Uganda. In whatever country we work, we make design changes to fit the Educate! program to local context. For example, our major programmatic challenge this year has been learning to adjust to the unique social and cultural context of Northern Uganda, a post-conflict region, where we’re operating for the first time this year.
Chelsea Takamine - We demonstrate new approaches to government decision makers in a few ways:
Educate! works in two ways: 1) direct delivery, where we deliver a skills-based education model to partner schools to test and demonstrate impact at school level and 2) government engagement, where we help governments adopt skills-based education into education systems.
We achieve traction with potential new government partners by demonstrating our successes to date, as well as allowing government officials to directly share their satisfaction with program results. For example, we hosted Rwanda officials in Uganda prior to partnering in Rwanda. Our robust evidence base, especially our RCT has also been a key tool for engaging governments, because it proves the impact our model has on youths’ life outcomes.
Educate! is successfully advising on reform efforts in two countries: We are currently integrating our model into education systems using a variety of innovative methods in partnership with national education bodies in Uganda and Rwanda. Educate!’s expansion strategy was recently praised in the Brookings Institution Millions Learning Report. By being opportunistic and targeting countries that are undergoing reforms that align with our values and expertise, we can provide the most value-add and fit with national education body interests. As the movement towards skills-based education reforms continues to grow across Africa, Educate! plans to continue to offer our expertise, drawing on the lessons we’ve learned in Uganda and Rwanda.