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July 2, 2020

In 1991 the Organisation of the African Union instituted the Day of the African Child (DAC) to be commemorated on the 16th of June in memory of the Soweto uprising and to recognise the courage of students who were marching for their right to access quality education. In 2020, we continue to take on the mantle to provide opportunities for young people to attain improved education outcomes through the implementation of our programs. Our Teaching at the Right Level program offers remedial education in primary schools which catches up students who are falling behind in numeracy and literacy. Our health program, Zones, empowers girls with str...

A Young 1ove TaRL facilitator explains a maths sum to learners

The world is grappling with the spread of COVID-19, with over 1.3 million confirmed cases around the world. In addition to the direct health effects of the pandemic, education systems and student learning worldwide have been paralyzed. According to UNESCO, 188 countries around the world have shut down schools country-wide and over 1.5 billion learners are out of school. Botswana is no exception: the government has shut down all schools for at least the next 6 months.

We are rapidly adapting to the COVID-19 crisis and remain committed to connecting youth to proven life-saving in...

Our thoughts are with all affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We wish all of you health, all those directly affected by the virus a speedy recovery, and are deeply inspired by the global response. It is an uncertain time with the health and livelihood of millions at stake. In addition to the direct effects of the virus, there are potentially dire economic, education and health implications for the students and communities which we serve, including necessary large-scale school closures.

In light of this, we aim to do our part. In the short-term until schools re-open, we will provide remote services to students, including text-message based...

The first time we saw Pratham in action was in Zambia in June 2016. We were attending one of the first trainings Pratham had ever conducted in Africa. Usha Rane and Meera Tendolkar were the head trainers, both long-time Pratham leaders, and sisters, whose motherly affection captured the room instantly. The room was cramped, filled with dozens of government officials committed to improving basic literacy and numeracy skills for their students.

Pratham was training on Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL). TaRL is an approach to teach basic literacy and numeracy through fun activities targeted to the level of each child. For example, reading a...

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...

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