AREAi Wins 2023 UNLEASH Plus Mastercard Prize for Social Impact.

Aid for Rural Education Access Initiative (AREAi) emerged as one of the winners after a 6-month incubation program at the recently concluded 2023 UNLEASH Rwanda Dragons’ Den Pitch for FastTrack!

The AREAi team led by its Executive Director, Prince Gideon Olanrewaju, participated alongside 1000 young change-makers from 136 nationalities in Kigali, Rwanda, from the 2nd of December to the 8th of December 2023 to pitch its FastTrack solution and emerged as the winner, receiving the Mastercard Foundation Prize of $5000.

FastTrack is a technology-enabled and self-assisted accelerated foundational skills development program designed to enable out-of-school refugee children to acquire foundational literacy and numeracy skills which are vital, indispensable and required for further education to lead an empowered and self-determined life.  

This solution, currently reaching over 4000 children, is backed by rigorous evidence that points to teaching students at their ability and right level, rather than at grade level curriculum, revealed as one of the most cost-effective interventions at improving basic literacy and numeracy.

As one of the winners of the UNLEASH Plus Innovation Lab, AREAi was awarded the grant of $5000 for its innovative solution. 

This global win further validates FastTrack as one of AREAi’s innovative solutions and the organization’s commitment to championing foundational learning as we continue to address these gaps in the education development of children and youths across Africa.


UNLEASH Plus is a 6-month incubation program for early-stage social entrepreneurs who have great ideas and phenomenal teams. The program supports teams who are uniquely qualified to solve their particular problems identified, but need access to the skills, tools, mindset, networks, and resources that will push their solution from the minimum viability to the product market fit.