Uganda’s School for Life: Educating out of Poverty

Image result for Uganda's School for Life: Educating out of PovertyCan teaching entrepreneurship skills help Ugandan students to break the cycle of poverty and youth unemployment?

In the 21st century, for many young people “finding a job” is just not an option. And in Uganda, with youth unemployment at around 66 percent, the highest rate in Africa, schools need to tailor their education to meet the different needs of society.

Educate! is an experience-based education model where a mentor goes into a secondary school with 40 “scholars”. The mentor spends time with the scholars, delivering sessions on entrepreneurship, leadership, critical thinking and problem solving.

The pedagogy enables the use of games, group work and encourages public speaking. The scholars are encouraged to set up businesses, which are open to everyone in the school. They are also encouraged to be responsive to the needs of their local communities.

“Uganda has such a huge young demographic. Over 70 percent of the population is actually young people under the age of 30, and the challenge that we are having is that there is a mismatch between the number of students that graduate from school, and the available jobs in the market,” Emmanuel Kalyebi, the programme coordinator of Educate!, says.

Educate! focuses on making entrepreneurship – not just the theory, but the practice of it – a key part of what they offer.

“One of the things you go through in Uganda’s education system [is that] they give you a lot of theoretical knowledge … What typically happens to most of us is that after school you cannot find employment. You don’t have the right skills to get employed. So, if an employer is going to give you a job, they have to first train you again [with] skills that ideally education should be providing to you,” Kalyebi says.

Lilian Aero Olok joined the Educate! project in 2009 while she was at secondary school. Her project provides counselling and community support to more than 100 widows and women affected by HIV/Aids. She mobilises funds for the project by teaching women how to make recycled paper beads which she then buys from them. She is now working with more than 230 women and exports the beads all over the world.

“I want to see a change, I want to see a transformation from being an impoverished community to being a middle income-earning community, because poverty, HIV/Aids and single motherhood and widowhood is so high in this area … Running my own business has helped me pay for myself at school, it has also helped me take my daughter through school, and it also helped me get the lovely house that I have now,” Lilian says.

Educate! currently works in more than 350 schools in Uganda, with another 100 lined up in the near future. Its vision for 2024 is to measurably impact one million students, and reach four million students more broadly, across Africa each year.

The film follows a mentor and the “scholars” as they set up a new business in the school. We also track the students as they juggle their studies, home life, and the pressure of making the business successful.

Funds are limited and the only money they will have to invest will come from their profits. But the business skills they learn through real-world projects will prepare them for a future in which they will be able to support their families and play a leading role in their communities.


By Doug Bolton

“What is education for?” It’s a question I kept asking myself when filming for Rebel Education. I met such passionate educators, each shaping education to meet the needs of their specific community; all, it seemed, creating new pedagogies out of necessity.

Across the world, it seems that each generation seems to worry about the education their children receive.

We see newspaper headlines reporting that education systems are failing millions of children, politicians crying out for young people to “learn by rote” or, conversely, calling for children to not attend school until they are seven. Everyone seems to have a differing view of what’s required.

But in a country like Uganda where there simply aren’t enough jobs for the population, what really is the answer? For what is the country educating young people, if there are no jobs to fill? Every day in Uganda I saw glimpses of the problem: large numbers of young people on the streets, a door covered with hundreds of adverts from people desperately seeking work, and people living in slums without basic amenities.

So it was a bit of a revelation to see the different programmes the Educate! NGO had developed alongside ordinary Ugandan secondary schools. If time had allowed, I would have loved to have filmed more of their work, for instance, the goat-rearing programme in which students not only breed goats to sell, but they also lent goat kids to other members of their community to help them improve their livelihoods, or students using “found” items to turn into stylish bits of furniture for sale, or the school that is making bricks from recycled plastic bags.

As we travelled out of the city, it was clear, particularly for families at the rural Bukooli school, that subsistence farming prevailed.

Famers could only grow enough for their families to exist; they didn’t have the resources to scale up to being able to grow crops or breed livestock to sell. It just wasn’t possible, therefore, to make much difference to their finances. What impressed me was that these young students, through a programme of entrepreneurship and leadership, were becoming the change agents in their communities. This practical skill-based education did not replace academic learning but enhanced it, and, in doing so, gave a leg-up to the whole community.

Educate! is a programme designed to give students the skills to find a way out of poverty for themselves and their communities [Al Jazeera]

Source: Al Jazeera News /

5,190 total views, 1 views today

153 Responses to "Uganda’s School for Life: Educating out of Poverty"

  1. Pamela   February 1, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Hey There. I discovered your blog the usage of msn. This is a
    very neatly written article. I will make sure to bookmark it and return to read extra of your useful information. Thanks for the post.
    I will certainly comeback.

  2. I’m not sure why but this website is loading very slow for me.
    Is anyone else having this problem or is it a issue on my end?
    I’ll check back later on and see if the problem still exists.

  3. Chrinstine   February 7, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    It’s the est tije tto make some plan for thee futurre annd
    it’s tine to bee happy. I’ve redad thgis
    pos annd iff I could I desire to sugtgest youu feew iinteresting things oor advice.
    Maybe yyou can write nxt articlews referring too thiis article.
    I wish tto read mire thongs about it!

  4. wristbands With a Message   February 9, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    You got a very excelleent website, Glad I
    detected it through yahoo.

  5. www.designyourownsiliconewristbands.Com   February 10, 2017 at 6:31 am

    I am truly pleased to reead this weblog posts which includes tons of helpful
    facts, thanks for providing these kinds of data.

  6. notebook bom e barato mercado livre   February 10, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Só de pensar que eu paguei 2000 em um HP
    que aquecia mais do que um reator nuclear a um tempo atrás me enche
    de arrependimento, ainda bem que passei pra frente aquele

  7. free htaccess password generator   February 11, 2017 at 6:23 am

    Hello there, You have done an excellent job. I’ll definitely digg it and personally
    recommend to my friends. I am confident they’ll be benefited
    from this site.

  8. seaside-residences   February 11, 2017 at 6:43 am

    I am sure this post has touched all the internet people, its really really pleasant paragraph on building up new website.

  9. seaside residences   February 11, 2017 at 6:50 am

    My partner and I stumbled over here by a different page and thought I should check things out.

    I like what I see so now i am following you. Look forward to going over your web page repeatedly.

  10. archery arrows   February 11, 2017 at 8:23 am

    I don’t even know how I ended up here, however I thought this put up was
    once great. I don’t recognize who you’re but certainly you are going to a famous blogger in case you aren’t already 😉 Cheers!

  11. custom wristbands   February 11, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    I have been browsing online more than 4 hours today, yet I never
    found any interesting article like yours. It’s
    pretty worth enough for me. Personally, if all webmasters and bloggers made good content as you did, the web will be
    a lot more useful tban ever before.|
    I couldn’t resist commenting. Perfectly written!|
    I’ll immediately take hod of your rss feed as I can not
    to find your email subscription hyperlink oor newsletter service.

    Do you have any? Kindly allow me recognise in order
    that I may just subscribe. Thanks.|

  12. dragon city hack latest version   February 12, 2017 at 1:05 am

    Aw, this was an incredibly good post. Spending some time and actual effort
    to produce a superb article… but what can I say… I procrastinate a
    lot and don’t seem to get anything done.

  13. แว่นสายตา   February 13, 2017 at 9:38 am

    What a stuff of un-ambiguity and preserveness of precious experience concerning unpredicted

  14. silicone bracelets factory   February 13, 2017 at 11:06 am

    I’ve been browsing onlibe more than three hours today,
    yet I never found any interesting article like yours.
    It’s pretty worth enough for me. Personally, if all site owners and bloggers
    made goood content as you did, the web will be much more useful
    thsn ever before.|
    I couldn’t resist commenting. Perfectly written!|
    I’ll right away snatch your rsss as I can not tto find your e-mail subscription link or e-newsletter
    service. Do you’ve any? Please permit me know so that I coulld subscribe.

  15. motor club of america scam or legit   February 13, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Hence, Borrmann affirms, the tight automobile emission specifications and motor vehicle energy specifications
    of the state have added to increasing air quality.

  16. Breast Cancer Bracelets   February 15, 2017 at 3:11 am

    I have been browsing online more than 3 houts today, yeet I never found anny interesting article like yours.
    It’s pretty worth enough for me. In my view, if all web
    owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the internet will be a lot more useful than ever before.|
    I could not resist commenting. Well written!|
    I’ll immediately snatch your rss feed as I can not find your email subscription hyperlink
    or newsletter service. Do you’ve any? Kindly permit me realize so that I could subscribe.

  17. dragon city hack   February 15, 2017 at 5:14 am

    I am truly pleased to read this weblog posts which carries plenty of valuable
    data, thanks for providing these information.

  18. supplier ayam potong dan karkas   February 16, 2017 at 1:53 am

    I need to to thank you for this fantastic read!!
    I definitely loved every bit of it. I have got you book-marked to look at new stuff you post…

  19. make your own wristbands   February 17, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Great post.

  20. donna cerca uomo   February 20, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Howdy! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and tell you I genuinely enjoy reading through your blog posts.
    Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that cover
    the same topics? Thanks a ton!

  21. create your own silicone bracelet   February 21, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    Hello. Great job. I did not anticipate this. This is a
    splendid story. Thanks!

  22. our website   February 23, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    I always used to read article in news papers but now as I am a user of web thus from now I am using
    net for content, thanks to web.

  23. Joycelyn   February 24, 2017 at 1:47 am

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts about truck games online play free.

  24. instantaneous water heater   February 26, 2017 at 9:10 am

    It’s the best time to make some plans for the future and
    it is time to be happy. I’ve read this post
    and if I could I wish to suggest you some interesting things
    or suggestions. Perhaps you could write next articles referring to this article.
    I wish to read more things about it!

  25. stroller   February 26, 2017 at 9:54 am

    When someone writes an post he/she maintains the thought of a user in his/her mind that how a
    user can be aware of it. Therefore that’s why this piece of writing is great.

  26. adidas nmd   February 26, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    I like all shoes that look good.Ranging from unique to unique
    shoes and low top to excessive prime sneakers.I’m one of the people who find themselves
    really hooked on sneakers.Remember,if you
    disagree,the list relies on my opinion.

  27. beamer   February 27, 2017 at 11:29 am

    I’m extremely impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout
    on your weblog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself?
    Anyway keep up the nice quality writing, it’s rare to see a great
    blog like this one these days.

  28. reboarder informations   March 1, 2017 at 1:22 am

    I truly love your website.. Excellent colors & theme.

    Did you develop this site yourself? Please reply back as I’m trying to create my own website and would like to learn where
    you got this from or just what the theme is called.

  29. Salvatore   March 1, 2017 at 2:56 am

    Thanks in support of sharing such a pleasant opinion, article is
    pleasant, thats why i have read it completely

  30. wristbands with a message   March 1, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    Thanks for any other informative blog. Where else may
    I gett that type of information written in such an ideal method?
    I have a project that I am simply now operating
    on, and I’ve bren on the glance out for such info.

  31. coffee tips   March 1, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    My brother suggested I would possibly like this blog.

    He was once entirely right. This submit actually made my day.

    You cann’t consider simply how a lot time I had spent
    for this information! Thanks!

  32. elliptical trainer training   March 3, 2017 at 3:57 am

    What’s Happening i am new to this, I stumbled upon this I’ve found It positively
    useful and it has helped me out loads. I’m hoping to contribute &
    help other users like its aided me. Great job.

  33.   March 6, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Thanks for the sensible critique. Me and myy neighbor wewre just prepaeing too do a little research
    about this. We got a grab a book from our area library but I
    think I learned more froim this post. I’m very glad to see such great information being shared freely out there.

  34. baby buggy   March 7, 2017 at 9:45 am

    When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and
    now each time a comment is added I get three emails with the same comment.
    Is there any way you can remove me from that service?
    Thanks a lot!

  35. school bags children   March 7, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Hello there! This post could not be written any better!
    Reading this post reminds me of my good old room mate!

    He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this page
    to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read.
    Many thanks for sharing!

  36. design your own wristband   March 7, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    I believe this web site has very suoerb pent subject material

  37. design your own silicone bracelets   March 7, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Greetings! Very helpful advice within this post! It’s thee
    little changes that will make the greatest changes.
    Thanks for sharing!

  38. create a wristband   March 8, 2017 at 4:52 am

    Some truly grand work on behakf of the owner of this web site, absolutely ougstanding subject material.

  39. exercise bike training   March 9, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Do you mind if I quote a few of your articles as long as I provide credit and sources back
    to your site? My website is in the very same area of
    interest as yours and my users would definitely benefit from a lot of the information you present here.

    Please let me know if this alright with you. Appreciate it!

  40. babyphones   March 10, 2017 at 1:21 am

    Hey There. I discovered your weblog using msn.
    This is a very well written article. I will make sure to bookmark it and return to
    read more of your helpful information. Thank you for the post.

    I’ll definitely return.

  41. baby seat information   March 10, 2017 at 5:51 am

    Do you have any video of that? I’d love to find out more details.

  42. MUV   March 10, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Spot on with this write-up, I honestly think this site needs a lot more attention. I’ll probably be back again to read more, thanks for the advice!

  43. wholesale soccer jerseys from China   March 10, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    I think this is among the most significant information for me.
    And i am glad reading your article. But want to remark on few general things, The web site style is perfect, the articles is really excellent : D.
    Good job, cheerswholesale soccer jerseys from China

  44. coffee info   March 11, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    Hey there! I’ve been following your website for a while now and finally got the courage to
    go ahead and give you a shout out from Atascocita Texas!

    Just wanted to say keep up the great work!

  45. baby seat site   March 11, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    Your style is unique in comparison to other people I’ve read stuff from.

    Many thanks for posting when you’ve got the opportunity, Guess I’ll just bookmark
    this page.

  46. coffee info   March 12, 2017 at 7:21 am

    Have you ever considered creating an ebook or guest authoring on other sites?
    I have a blog centered on the same topics you discuss
    and would love to have you share some stories/information. I know my readers would enjoy your work.
    If you are even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me an e-mail.

  47. exercise bike training   March 12, 2017 at 11:24 am

    I do not know whether it’s just me or if perhaps everyone else encountering problems with
    your site. It appears as if some of the text on your content are running off the screen. Can someone else please comment and let
    me know if this is happening to them as
    well? This might be a problem with my web browser because I’ve had this happen before.
    Many thanks

  48. espresso   March 13, 2017 at 5:06 am

    Wow that was strange. I just wrote an really long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear.
    Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyhow, just wanted
    to say wonderful blog!

  49. Hardtop   March 13, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Hi there, just became alert to your blog through Google, and found that it is really informative.

    I am gonna watch out for brussels. I will appreciate if you
    continue this in future. A lot of people will be benefited from your writing.


  50. Fawn   March 13, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Greetings! Very useful advice within this post!
    It is the little changes that make the largest changes. Many thanks
    for sharing!

  51. purchase essays online   March 13, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Good day! I simply wish to give you a big thumbs up for your great information you have here
    on this post. I’ll be returning to your blog for more soon.

  52. pay for essay writing   March 13, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    I like what you guys are usually up too. This type of clever work and exposure!

    Keep up the good works guys I’ve included you guys to our blogroll.

  53. baby alarm informations   March 13, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    I am regular visitor, how are you everybody? This
    article posted at this web page is actually good.

  54. personal website   March 13, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Greetings! Very helpful advice within this article!
    It is the little changes that will make the largest changes.
    Thanks for sharing!

  55. bicycle trailer   March 13, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    It’s going to be ending of mine day, but before end I am reading this wonderful piece of
    writing to increase my experience.

  56. best essay writing service   March 13, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    No matter if some one searches for his required thing,
    thus he/she needs to be available that in detail, so that thing is
    maintained over here.

  57. cheap basketball jerseys from China   March 13, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    Good replies in return of this question with genuine arguments and telling the whole thing on the topic of basketball jerseys
    from China

  58. elliptical trainer   March 13, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    That is very interesting, You are an overly skilled blogger.

    I’ve joined your feed and stay up for searching for more
    of your fantastic post. Also, I have shared your site in my social networks

  59. elliptical trainer training   March 14, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    Fantastic beat ! I wish to apprentice while you
    amend your web site, how could i subscribe for a blog website?
    The account helped me a acceptable deal. I had been tiny bit
    acquainted of this your broadcast offered bright clear concept

  60. baby buggy info   March 14, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    I need to to thank you for this great read!! I certainly
    enjoyed every little bit of it. I have you
    book marked to check out new stuff you post…

  61. 1   March 14, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Hi, I do believe your blog might be having internet browser compatibility problems.
    When I look at your web site in Safari, it looks fine however, if opening in I.E., it’s
    got some overlapping issues. I just wanted to give you a quick heads
    up! Aside from that, excellent site!

  62. Willie   March 15, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Excellent weblog right here! Additionally your site loads up
    very fast! What web host are you the use of? Can I get your affiliate link for your host?
    I desire my site loaded up as fast as yours lol

  63. Pingback: My Homepage

  64. Pingback: Google

  65. Pingback: spice up the bedroom

  66. Pingback: anal sex

  67. Pingback: naughty costumes

  68. Pingback: Google

  69. Pingback:

  70. Pingback: apps for pc download

  71. Pingback: free download for windows pc

  72. Pingback: adam and eve

  73. Pingback: A\u0026E Silicone G-Gasm Rabbit

  74. Pingback: app for windows

  75. Pingback: app download for windows

  76. Pingback: free app for laptop

  77. Pingback: #AllDayAirConditioningInc

  78. Pingback: rabbit vibe

  79. Pingback: vibrating dildo

  80. Pingback: butt plugs

  81. Pingback: université Kasdi Merbah

  82. Pingback: Karate Martial Arts Weapons

  83. Pingback: adam and eve tv show

  84. Pingback: Sarah Rae Vargas Haul

  85. Pingback: kinky sex

  86. Pingback: نصب دوربین مداربسته

  87. Pingback: Fuel injector

  88. Pingback: penis ring

  89. Pingback: whopper sex toys

  90. Pingback: female vibrator

  91. Pingback: gay sex

  92. Pingback: sex toy vibrator

  93. Pingback: Amanda

  94. Pingback:

  95. Pingback: jbeatz

  96. Pingback: Mens Sex Toy

  97. Pingback: silicone g spot vibrator

  98. Pingback: penis extension

  99. Pingback: Cock Ring

  100. Pingback: Cambodia men's vintage jackets supplier

  101. Pingback: Sex Toys

  102. Pingback: love

  103. Pingback: penis enlargement

  104. Pingback: Erotic

  105. Pingback: sex dildos

  106. Pingback: ganadora

  107. Pingback: prediksi bola

  108. Pingback: anal plugs

  109. Pingback: ann summers bullet

  110. Pingback: configuraciones centro de rehabilitacion

  111. Pingback: glamping dome tent

  112. Pingback: High gloss polishing Constance

  113. Pingback: software reviews

  114. Pingback: sex toys that thrust

  115. Pingback: wild orchid pink

  116. Pingback: visa card for online payment

  117. Pingback: most popular female toys

  118. Pingback: oplata smieciowa warszawa

  119. Pingback: adam and eve mystery toy

  120. Pingback: buy adult toys

  121. Pingback: adam & eve in store coupons

  122. Pingback: adam and eve online purchase

  123. Pingback: adam and eve welcome kit

  124. Pingback: adam and eve free shipping code

  125. Pingback: adam and eve sexy lingerie

  126. Pingback: best rechargeable sex toys

  127. Pingback: best small vibrator

  128. Pingback: best new sex toys

  129. Pingback: top selling sex toys

  130. Pingback: Sripatum

  131. Pingback: sex lube for women

  132. Pingback: where to buy your dildo

  133. Pingback: Wooden Door Showroom

  134. Pingback: buy kona coffee

  135. Pingback: buy coffee beans

  136. Pingback: Clinica de Recuperação

  137. Pingback: starbucks

  138. Pingback: gymnastics mat for sale

  139. Pingback: india men's patch sewing t shirts supplier

  140. Pingback: InsideHackers Review

  141. Pingback: read the article

  142. Pingback: Bestecktasche Modell Pochetto

  143. Pingback: rsync hacks

  144. Pingback: persian rugs

  145. Pingback: خرید وی پی ان

  146. Pingback: tam

  147. Pingback: Black cotton karate kenpo uniform gi

  148. Pingback: Immigration Lawyers in London

  149. Pingback: Rbx exchange

  150. Pingback: Wills and Probate Solicitors in London

  151. Pingback: Cleaning Services in Croydon

  152. Pingback: سرور مجازی

  153. Pingback: Belize inn

Leave a Reply