Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
I have build Educate! from the ground up, harnessing my motivation to use my education and opportunities to improve the lives of other youth around the world. Prior to working with Educate!, my passion turned into transformative action as I began to pilot youth programs in Jamaica and Ethiopia. I witnessed first-hand the substandard, factory-style schools in these communities and felt that the promise of education was being broken by low quality standards and a focus on examinations. I started Educate! with my cofounders based on the shared values of scale, sustainability, and the power of young people to change the world. I also adapted Educate!’s curriculum for use in the Uganda national curriculum and designed a new practical standardized examination, reaching 25,000 young people annually.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
Educate!’s government partnerships are a core part of the government integration component of our model. The most important of those partnership are with the Uganda Ministry of Education (with which we have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding) and Uganda’s National Curriculum Development Center, which we worked with to incorporate our curriculum into the national entrepreneurship curriculum. As we expand, Educate! seeks to build additional high-level partnerships with other ministries and international entities that provide technical assistance to governments. We have just signed an MOU with the Rwanda Education Board, which we expect to kickstart our efforts to work and create impact in Rwanda. We also partner with STIR Education on design and implementation of the teacher-training component of our model.
I am currently participating in the Mulago Rainer Arnhold and the Global Good Fund Fellowship, where I gain access to other high-impact, sustainable organizations who are also working towards accelerating lasting social change and tackling the basic needs of the poor. My induction into a global network of high-potential changemakers gives Educate! access to incomparable learning opportunities, especially around issues of responsible, effective scaling, where the learnings from which are folded into our design.