Future Fund for Education is dedicated to African-led solutions, and to learning from and partnering with experts in the region. By coupling our expertise in entrepreneurship with our partners’ knowledge of the education sector in Africa, the FFE ecosystem creates enhanced conditions for innovative solutions to education. We're building a network of innovators who will increase access to education, improve the quality of learning and ensure that graduates leave school with the skills they need to excel in the high growth economies of Africa.
When we partner with entrepreneurs and their ventures, our investment strategy goes beyond simply offering financial support. We provide multi-year technical assistance, mentorship and knowledge sharing, as well as capital. Integral to FFE’s approach is to build an ecosystem of game-changing African education entrepreneurs by convening them, digitally and physically, so they can maximize their impact through long-term collaboration.
Our founding cohort of entrepreneurs were selected from a pool of applicants from 18 countries and a variety of education sub-sectors. They represent ambitious and creative approaches to learning.
Founder & CEO, Reekworth
Belinda studied Business Administration at the United States International University (USIU) and Boston College & City Campus. She is a graduate from African Leadership Academy's inaugural class and a social entrepreneur whose passion and drive is to empower young minds through transformative, globally relevant education. In 2010, she founded Reekworth Junior School, an institution that shapes and inspires young minds from the age of 2 years old. Reekworth has grown to 380 students and has expanded into a high school. As a strong believer in building her community, Belinda was part of the Junior Entrepreneurs of Zimbabwe Education Program and has volunteered with CIYOTA Global Education Initiative (Uganda), One Voice Peace for Kenya Campaign & White Fingers Peace Initiative (Kenya). She has participated in several education panels. Belinda currently sits as an Alumni Representative on ALA's Board of Trustees.
Reekworth primary and secondary schools stand out from other schools with their focus on entrepreneurship training from early childhood, as well as their focus on developing the whole child from academics and sports to arts and travel. Reekworth operates in Zimbabwe and Rwanda.
Founder & Executive Director, Shule Direct
With over 15 years experience in engaging young people, Faraja has dedicated her career to empowering youth to achieve their full potential. She is an avid reader who has authored two youth empowerment books written in Kiswahili. In 2013, Faraja established Shule Direct, which hosts a digital platform for education and entrepreneurship in Tanzania. Faraja is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network after serving on the Global Future Council for Education, Gender and Work. She has won a Leading Woman in Technology in Africa award for her work with Shule Direct and 2016 Tanzania Leadership Awards’ Hall of Fame Woman of the Year Award. In 2017, Faraja was awarded a System Innovator award by Segal Family Foundation for systemic change in digital learning in Secondary School education in Tanzania. Africa Youth Awards named her among 100 Most Influential Young Africans. Faraja is a qualified Lawyer with an LLB and LLM (Master of Laws) in Human Rights and Migration.
Shule Direct is a web platform that delivers qualified (government accredited) educational content that serves as a supplementary resource for learning and revision for students and a teaching resource for teachers in secondary schools in Tanzania.
Founder & President, African Development University
An experienced social entrepreneur and change leader, Kader is passionate about empowering youth and women and fostering community development through community involvement, and entrepreneurship in Niger. He is an outspoken advocate for Ethical and Responsible Business, as well as fighting against corruption. Kader has 15 years of experience in consulting for international development organizations, governments and in banking and professional services. In 2017, Kader won the ‘Young Accountant of the Year‘ award. Kaneye was the youngest Chartered Accountant in Niger, and the youngest Vice-President in ONECCA history. Kader holds an MPA from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and is also a Certified Public Account (CPA). He is fluent in English and French.
African Development University is a new not-for-profit university serving the Sahel region and located in the country of Niger. The mission of A.D.U. is to educate the most promising young people in the region to become ethical leaders with the knowledge, skills, and commitment to create the future of their nations.
Founder & CEO, Education Bridge
Majak was born in South Sudan and raised in Kenya's Kakuma Refugee Camp. Majak discovered the power of education and its potential for developing sustainable societies through his learning experiences at African Leadership Academy and the University of Notre Dame. Before starting Education Bridge, Majak helped run youth entrepreneurship seminars through a youth-led initiative called Build South Sudan. Majak's work with Build South Sudan and other experiences showed Majak the power of youth and convinced him that when we change youth’s mindset, we transform our communities. In 2017, Majak became the first ALA alumnus to receive the prestigious Echoing Green Fellowship. He is also a fellow at Dalai Lama Fellows and StartingbBloc. When not at work, Majak enjoys playing basketball, hiking, reading and traveling.
Education Bridge operates a school in South Sudan. Their mission is to create flourishing South Sudanese communities through holistic education and peacebuilding. They focus on helping girls attend school, and helping students develop peace-building skills.
Founder & Executive Director, Fundi Bots
Solomon is passionate about design, business and technology. He builds products that enhance our interaction with both the physical and digital worlds through computer user interfaces and electronic hardware. Solomon is a 2014 Echoing Green Fellow and a 2014 Ashoka Fellow. His work with Fundi Bots has received recognition by Google through a Google RISE grant in 2012, the BBC, Voice of America and Wired Magazine UK. Solomon is the Founder of Fundi Bots, the Founder & Creative Director of Elemental Edge, a leading Ugandan visual effects production house that produces immersive, interactive experiences across physical digital media, and the founder of Node Six, a web solutions firm offering domain, email and hosting services. When he is not designing user interfaces, pushing 3D pixels, or tinkering with robots, Solomon enjoys travelling, photography and creative fiction writing.
FundiBots provides hands-on, practical STEM education to children and youth in Uganda. Students learn how to build robots, which improves classroom performance, provides vocational skills and career development and inspires them to think beyond simply passing classroom examinations.