Educate! works with schools to provide youth with entrepreneurial skills and workforce readiness, along with mentorship to start real businesses at school.
Educate! utilizes mentorship programs, practical skills training and student business clubs to teach pupils in Ugandan and Rwandan secondary schools to solve local problems. Under the model, mentors each work with 40 selected students at partner schools to come up with social enterprises and community projects. These students then practise their leadership skills by mentoring three lower secondary students.
Educate!’s students recruit and collaborate with other students in their schools to create business clubs, which are experiential platforms for students to start enterprises in teams with support from their mentors. To keep its operational model sustainable, Educate! trains at least two teachers and one administrator from each partner school in how to use their teaching methods. Educate! is working in Uganda and Rwanda so far, and reached more than 240,000 students in 2016.
Why you should care
Africa has the youngest population of all the continents, with 200 million people aged between 15 and 24. However, this age group accounts for 60% of total unemployment. With 94% of its graduates now running a business, holding a job or attending university, Educate! demonstrates a way to empower this young workforce and help solve unemployment problems.