Educate! leverages iterative learning to build highly scalable youth employment solutions aimed at preparing youth in Africa to learn, earn, and thrive in today’s economy. As of 2024, more than 390,000 youth, both in and out of schools, have been meaningfully impacted through Educate!’s solutions. Along the way, the organization has become the largest youth employment and skills provider in East Africa.

Founding year: 2009

Countries: Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, and Tanzania 

Themes: Employment Skills, Entrepreneurship, Gender Equity


Key Highlights


For almost a decade, Educate! has worked alongside the Rwandan government to integrate employment-focused learning into the national education system. Our approach includes three stages: policy change, teacher training, and sustainability measures. As part of the third stage, we are working alongside partners to develop a national data system that aims to facilitate a shift away from a sole focus on high-stakes exams toward continuous assessment. This data system, The Comprehensive Assessment Management Information System (CAMIS), has recently been rolled out across all education levels and subjects. 


For the millions of youth unable to access formal education in East Africa, few alternative pathways exist to support their transition to the labor market. Recognizing this gap, Educate! is building livelihood bootcamps to equip out-of-school youth with the skills to secure dignified employment. These multi-week bootcamps are hyper-tailored to the needs of some of the most marginalized youth, including young women and girls in rural communities. 


Educate! has a strong commitment to a gender-transformative approach, recognizing that educated and empowered girls create more equitable, peaceful, and healthier societies. Across all our work, we consider equity – from shaping education system policies to providing learning materials that combat traditional gender norms and hiring a diverse team of male and female role models. The three principles of our gender-transformative approach are: ensuring equitable access for all, building gender-sensitive learning environments, and surrounding youth with a supportive community.