Unlocking the potential of African youth to solve their communities’ greatest problems.
Educate!, a Colorado and Uganda-based organization that empowers the next generation of socially responsible leaders in Africa, is hosting the 2nd Annual Ball: For the Future of Africa, on Saturday, Feb. 12 at The Avalon Ballroom in Boulder from 7 to 11 p.m. The Valentine’s Day-themed event will include live African music by Selasee and the Fafa Family, a silent auction, dancing, and appetizers and refreshments from local vendors. Proceeds from the event will go directly towards empowering Ugandan students to find solution to their communities’ problems of poverty, disease and environmental degradation.
I’ve been lucky enough to be involved with Educate! for over a year—which I feel is a few years too few—and have continually been inspired and amazed at the great work done by the entire Educate! crew—including U.S. and Uganda staff, volunteers, mentors and scholars.
Educate! has educated more than 830 high-school aged youth across Uganda, a country with the youngest population in the world, and empowered more than 10,000 people through a model of “exponential empowerment—investing long-term in a few so they can positively impact many others. Educate! provides a proven mix of a leadership course, long term mentoring, practical experience solving a community problem, and an alumni network for high school aged youth.”
A few of the projects that have been particularly impacting to me are:
1. Educate!’s Mentor (teacher) received more than 20,000 tree seedlings donated from the District Forest Officer of the Ugandan Government for students to plant in Hoima, a district in western Uganda, in an effort to fight against deforestation.
2. Educate! Scholar (student) Lillian has trained and empowered 34 women in her community suffering from or directly affected by HIV/AIDS to make recycled paper bead jewelry. This sustainable project, the Good Samaritans Project, has allowed these women to have enough money to pay for food, school fees and find counseling and treatment for the disease.
3. Educate!’s unique, first-of-its-kind Socially Responsible Leadership Curriculum has been more than well received in Uganda. Educate! was asked by the government of Uganda and the United Nation’s International Labour Organisation (ILO) to write the social entrepreneurship section of Uganda’s new national high school entrepreneurship curriculum.
The social entrepreneurship curriculum—the first of its kind to be scaled to a national level—marks the first time that youth across a country will be taught as part of a national education system how to create initiatives that address the challenges of poverty, disease and environmental degradation, among others. The curriculum will empower as many as 100,000 diverse high school students across Uganda.
The new social entrepreneurship curriculum will empower students and translate into real change in the community, while developing a new generation of leaders prepared to solve the critical challenges that Uganda faces today. “If proven successful in Uganda, social entrepreneurship education has the potential to spread to many other countries in Africa and beyond,” said Eric Glustrom, Educate!’s Executive Director.
Please support if inspired and hope to see you there!
Educate!’s 2nd Annual Ball: For the Future of Africa
Featuring Live Music by Selasee and the Fafa Family
And Keynote Speaker L. Hunter Lovins
Saturday, Feb. 12- 6:30 to11 p.m. – Avalon Ballroom, Boulder, Colo.
WHAT: Educate!, a Boulder and Uganda based organization, hosts its 2nd Annual Ball: for the Future of Africa. The Valentine’s Day-themed event will include live African music by Selasee and the Fafa Family, a silent auction, dancing, and appetizers and refreshments from local vendors. Proceeds from the event will go directly towards empowering Ugandan students to find solution to their communities’ problems of poverty, disease and environmental degradation.
WHO: Boulder supporters celebrating Educate!’s mission and accomplishments.
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 12 from 6:30 to 11 p.m.
WHERE: The Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe, Boulder, Colo., 80303
6:30pm– Doors Open
7-7:45pm– Selasee and the Fafa Family play
8-8:30pm– Educate! Slideshow and Presentation with special guest L. Hunter Lovins author and promoter of sustainable development for 30 years and founder/President of Natural Capitalism, Inc. and Natural Capitalism Solutions, a non-profit in Longmont. Waylon Lewis, Founder/Editor-in-Chief of elephantjournal.com, will also be hosting the live auction.
8:30-9:15pm– Selasee and the Fafa Family play
9:30pm– Silent Auction Closes
9:45-11pm– Dancing and Music
VISUALS: Boulder locals dancing; Selasee and the Fafa Family playing live music; handmade jewelry and arts and crafts from Uganda. (High-resolution images upon request.)
INTERVIEWS: Eric Glustrom, founder of Educate! and Boulder native; Educate! volunteers; band members of Selasee and the Fafa family.
About Educate! In Africa nearly 50% of the population is under the age of 18 and youth face problems of poverty, disease, and environmental degradation. But there won’t be sustainable solutions without a new generation of African leaders to create and drive those solutions.
That’s where we come in. Educate!, founded in 2002, unlocks the potential of African youth to solve their communities’ greatest problems of poverty, disease and environmental degradation. Our model is exponential empowerment – investing long-term in a few so they can positively impact many others.
Educate! provides a proven mix of a leadership and social entrepreneurship course, long-term mentoring, practical experience solving a community problem, and an alumni network for high school aged youth. Today, Educate! works with 830 youth across Uganda and is developing a model of education that can applied across Africa.
Educate! has been backed by Echoing Green, the leading venture philanthropy fund, won the Ashoka Changemakers Quality Education in Africa award, received first place in the Pan African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education, and was recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of 100 Brilliant Companies of 2009.