YOUNG 1OVE BLOG

December 3, 2019

Values embody the core beliefs and culture of an organization. We recently revamped our values and are excited to share them with you. This is how we do what we do, and the fiber that will enable us to reach over 1 million youth with life-changing evidence based health and education programs.

We’ve worked hard to embed these values into our organizational DNA. Below we share behaviors that we intentionally commit to in order to embody each value every day.

Youth First

“Everything we do is by the youth for the youth. We listen to and put young people first in all that we do”


We have vibrant and youthful staff. We welcome new team members, fr...

November 11, 2019

Members of the TaRL Africa Community who gathered in Gaborone from 5-7 September. Photo: Young 1ove

From 5-18 September, Young 1ove, in partnership with TaRL Africa, (a formal partnership between Pratham and J-PAL) hosted a series of TaRL events in Botswana. In Botswana, the Ministry of Education has committed to scaling-up TaRL, supported by Young 1ove and UNICEF. To date Young 1ove have reached 10% of primary schools with striking results: in the latest implementation, the percentage of students at grade-level mathematics jumped from just 12% to 76%. These results have fueled momentum to scale nationally.

Young 1ove’s Botswana base acts...

December 7, 2018

“Teaching at the Right Level has the potential to transform education in this country.” -Simon Coles, Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of basic Education.

In November we concluded our final round of Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) for 2018. TaRL is a cost-effective remediation program designed to support students who have fallen behind in basic literacy and numeracy skills over a 30-day intervention period. Young 1ove has signed a four-year MoU with the Ministry of Basic Education to scale up TaRL across all primary schools in Botswana, in partnership with UNICEF. This year, Young 1ove-trained facilitators implemented the pro...

November 27, 2018

This year for Giving Tuesday, we are asking you to join a movement. We have a big vision: we want to ensure all students in Botswana have the opportunity to become literate and numerate. With a Memorandum of Understanding with the Botswana Ministry of Basic Education in hand, and in partnership with UNICEF, we plan to scale Teaching at the Right level to all 755 primary schools in Botswana by 2023.

Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) is a cost-effective, innovative remedial education program designed to catch students who are falling behind in basic literacy and numeracy. The program works by assessing and grouping students according to th...

“On United Nations Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to repair broken trust, to heal our planet, to leave no one behind and to uphold dignity for one and all. We don’t give up because we know by reducing inequality we increase hope and opportunity and peace around the world.”

The words of UN Secretary-General António Guterres resonate strongly at the Young 1ove offices today as we reflect on our commitment to reduce inequality through health and education. October 24 is devoted to educating and advocating for the aims and achievements of the United Nations Organization. The aims of the UN are outlined in the 17 Sustainable Development G...

October 18, 2018

On Monday, September 24 and Tuesday, September 25, the Botswana Ministry of Basic  Education, UNICEF Botswana and Young 1ove Organization hosted education experts and specialists from around the world to observe the Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) programme. The visit marked the kick off for the 2018 TaRL conference hosted by the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab and Pratham Education Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa. The conference served as an opportunity to gather stakeholders in the global movement to ensure quality education reaches every child.

The TaRL approach works by dividing children (generally in Standards 3 to...

September 8, 2018

Today is the UN’s International Literacy Day 2018 -- it is both a celebration and a call to action.

First, we celebrate the progress that we have seen globally since the UN enacted the Millennium Development Goals in 2000. There are more ‘good readers’ today than in 2001 (UNESCO’s Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, PIRLS). There has also been a boom in literacy interventions in the international education space, using a variety of technologies, accessing students in and beyond the classroom, and mobilising local volunteers to assess and remediate children in their communities. Leaders across the world are taking responsibil...

Pictured above from left to right: Victoria Chuwa, HIV /AIDS Specialist at UNICEF Botswana; Dorothy Okatch, Development Manager, Young 1ove; Monica Geingos, First Lady of Namibia; Nametsego Tswetla, Chief IEC Officer at NACA Botswana; Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF; Olerato Keegope, Public Relations Officer, Young 1ove. 

From 23rd to 27th July 2018, Young 1ove’s Public Relations Officer, Olerato Keegope, and Development Manager, Dorothy Okatch, represented the organisation at the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam. The conference is the largest global health or development f...

This blog was initially posted by the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab.

Young 1ove was born out of evidence.

Our first program, “No Sugar,” was inspired by a 1-hour class that a randomized trial by a J-PAL affiliate showed could significantly reduce teenage pregnancy—also a proxy for unprotected sex and HIV—by 28 percent.

We keep testing our programs to ensure they work as we adapt and scale. From 2015 to 2016, we partnered with J-PAL, Baylor University, and the Ministry of Basic Education in Botswana to run a randomized trial to ensure the “No Sugar” program from Kenya still worked in our context. Now, we are using the lessons learned...

A couple of weeks back, Young 1ove premises were set abuzz with a new group of energetic youth for Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) facilitator training. From more than one thousand applicants, we selected thirty-five amazing young people to implement TaRL, a remedial education program developed by Pratham Education Foundation in India to support students falling behind in basic literacy and numeracy. To ensure the facilitators were adequately prepared to lead this program and target their students’ learning needs, they participated in a rigorous two week training at the Young 1ove offices in Gaborone. Our facilitators showed up and br...

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