World Environment Day: Young people setting up environmentally conscious school businesses

Today we celebrate World Environment Day! 

Sustainability is at the core of the School Enterprise Challenge values, meaning we encourage all participating teams to carefully consider the impact of their business on the environment. 

Focusing on environmental sustainability allows everyone to make responsible decisions to reduce negative impact on our planet, and school businesses are no exception. That’s why we encourage every school to invest in the environment to replenish the resources they take from it, and to reflect on ways to be more sustainable such as accessing or using recycled materials and local resources.   

To celebrate this day the School Enterprise Challenge team wants to share some stories of amazing school teams that have used their creativity and talents to build sustainable and environmentally conscious school businesses!

Selling party decorations made from recycled paper 

Team at Public School ‘Profesora Aura Morraz Solingalpa’ from Nicaragua showing their party decorations

The incredible team at Public School ‘Profesora Aura Morraz Solingalpa’ from Nicaragua identified the artistic abilities of its young team members as its biggest strength. They also noticed that there was a growing problem at their school: waste paper and cardboard was piling up!

Keeping this in mind, the students decided to build an environmentally conscious business by using paper waste and recycling it into piñatas and party decorations. 

Making and selling sustainable arts and handicrafts is a great way to make money whilst also caring for the environment! 

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Registration for the School Enterprise Challenge 2021 is open!

We are delighted to announce that registration for this year’s School Enterprise Challenge is NOW OPEN.

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2020 was a very challenging year for schools around the world for all the teachers and students taking part in the School Enterprise Challenge. In spite of the difficulties of the year, nearly 25,000 students in 32 countries developed key life skills through this educational programme.

We saw the power of innovation this year, as students planned and set up original businesses in the pandemic, such as a cinnamon rolls delivery service in Honduras, an online marketplace for sustainable handicrafts in India, and an African black soap business in Ghana. We’ve seen some incredible determination in the past year!

Participants from The Pen International School in Ghana showing their African black Soap.

Are you a teacher who wants to ensure that students in your classroom are better prepared for the real world? Are you not sure where to start, and need additional support to make your teaching more impactful? The School Enterprise Challenge 2021 is made for you!

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Power up your teaching with free professional development webinars

At Teach A Man To Fish we are committed to reinforcing quality, relevant education, and to teachers around the world facing challenging circumstances

That’s why we are proud to announce that over the coming weeks we will be offering a series of FREE professional development opportunities for teachers through a series of webinars (interactive online educational sessions via Zoom).

These new and improved webinars focus on enterprise education and holistic teaching skills and methodologies. Registration is free and open to any teacher in any country. Everyone is welcome to attend and no prior knowledge or experience is required. 

“I am really inspired to bring about a positive change in my teaching-learning environment in my classroom after attending this webinar. Thank you!”

– Teacher and previous webinar participant in India

We recommend these interactive webinars to any educator who wants to grow their knowledge and skills, connect and interact with educators from around the world and advance their career. 

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Discover the School Enterprise Challenge 2020 Prize Winners

Although fewer people than usual were able to take part in the programme due to the global health crisis, the School Enterprise Challenge 2020 still had a wide reach and a big impact! In spite of this extraordinary year, we were able to help nearly 25,000 young people in 32 countries gain and strengthen key life skills through the programme. This was only possible thanks to the support of more than 1,400 teachers!

We were able to award cash prizes to several schools thanks to the ongoing support from The Saville Foundation and ICM Limited. Find below the list of prize winners for this year, who represent the sheer diversity of the people participating in the programme, and the great entrepreneurial spirit of young people around the world:

Step 1 prizes: Business Ideas

Best Business Idea Prize – Zomba Catholic Secondary School, Malawi

Best Business Idea Prize – Instituto Manuel Bonilla, Honduras

Best Business Idea Prize – Centro de Educación Media para Personas Jóvenes y Adultas 138, Paraguay

Best Business Idea Prize – Veda Vyasa Dav Public School, India

Step 2 Prizes: Business Plans

Top Global Prize – Instituto Departamental de Oriente, Honduras

Best Bronze Business Plan – Alwitmac Primary School, Uganda

Best Silver Business Plan – The Pen International School, Ghana

Best Gold Strategic Plan – Centro Educacional Pantaleón, Nicaragua

Step 3 Prizes: Business Implementation

Top Global Prize – Ekonomsko-trgovinska Škola, Serbia

Best Bronze Annual Report – Vidya Viksini School (i.c.s.e), India

Best Silver Annual Report – St.Kizito Ediofe Orphans Primary School, Uganda

Best Gold Annual Report – M.L.Khanna DAV Public School, Dwarka, New Delhi, India

Special Category

Headteacher of the year – Happiness Kalu, Nigeria

Inspirational Teacher – Thelma Enamorado Moreno, Honduras

Enterprising Student – Armaan Singh, India

Special Recognition Prize – Escuela Oficial Rural Mixta No. 811 JM, Guatemala

To get a chance to win a prize for your school next year, express your interest for the School Enterprise Challenge 2021! You will be the first to hear from us once registrations open:

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Ideas for how to move forward with your school business in spite of COVID-19

The deadline for submission for School Enterprise Challenge participants is on 20th November 2020. School teams should submit their Business Idea, Business Plan, or Annual Report before then. By submitting, they will be eligible to receive their Award Level certificate, and will get the chance to get one of the prizes we are offering this year! 

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In this post, we wanted to share a selection of schools that have found innovative ways to plan their business and/or to keep it running throughout this difficult year. Of course, these are just ideas of what teams could do – but you are in the best position to know what is manageable for your team in your specific context and given your resources. Please always keep your team’s safety as your top priority.

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The School Enterprise Challenge 2020: Information about prizes and deadlines

2020 has been a particularly challenging year for everyone, and our team has been working hard to continue supporting schools, through our professional development webinars for teachers and our newest initiative for teenagers, the Enterprise Adventure.

We know that there are many school business teams who are still eager and able to take part in the School Enterprise Challenge, and who have been moving forward coming up with, planning and implementing their school business! As always, our team is so excited to see what great ideas students come up with and how they turn these into a reality. 

Deadline for the School Enterprise Challenge 2020

As the end of the year is approaching, we have decided to have a submission deadline once again, to help business teams effectively plan their time – and so we can review business teams’ submissions and decide who is eligible to receive their Award Level certificate or a prize this year!

The final submission deadline for 2020 will be on Friday 20th November. 

Changes to the School Enterprise Challenge 2020 prize list

The School Enterprise Challenge team has also faced difficulties this year – due to budget cuts, we had to reduce the amount of funding dedicated to prizes for this year. In spite of everything, we are happy to still be able to offer a variety of prizes to the most enterprising schools, teachers and students this year!

We have come up with a brand new prize list featuring more prizes for the Best Business Ideas and Business Plans. This is because we know that this year, many teams will not have been able to run their businesses. But we still want to reward the effort and dedication that teams have put in despite the challenging circumstances! And don’t forget that because of the disruption from COVID-19, fewer schools are taking part: this means that schools’ chances of winning a prize are higher, as they will have fewer competitors.

SEE THE NEW PRIZE LIST

So, if it is safe for business teams to do so, we encourage them to submit their next template by 20th November 2020 and try to win one of our great prizes for their school! 

The Enterprise Adventure is here!

We are so excited to announce that the Enterprise Adventure app has launched! Young people all over the world can now take part in this exciting new initiative that will take them on an entrepreneurial journey in 10 missions.

The Enterprise Adventure helps young people identify the problems their community is facing and guides them to set up a social enterprise that solves those problems.
Taking part in the Enterprise Adventure is free and easy: all students have to do is go to the Enterprise Adventure app and sign up with their email or Google account. Once signed up, young people will be able to set up their profile and start completing the missions.

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The School Enterprise Challenge in ‘Childhood Education: Innovations’

The School Enterprise Challenge is featured in the current issue (July/August 2020) of Childhood Education: Innovations! This publication is aimed at anyone in the education community who wants to stay informed about the most recent ideas and innovations in childhood education, by sharing information and insights from schools around the world. 

We are so excited to have an article by one of our colleagues titled The School Enterprise Challenge: Learning by Doing, be part of this insightful publication. 

You can subscribe to Childhood Education: Innovations to read about all sorts of exciting and creative approaches to learning, or you can purchase the individual article here:

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Answers to your Frequently Asked Questions about the School Enterprise Challenge 2020

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In this blog, we answer some of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) we have received from school teams, including what you can do while your school is closed and how the submission deadlines have changed.  

We hope you find these answers helpful and that they will give you some clarity as to what you can do during these uncertain times – and what you’ll be able to do once schools open again! We are aware that not all teams will be able to meet virtually and work on their business while their school is closed, so remember that some of the ideas we offer below are suggestions.

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Participants share what a ‘Good Entrepreneur’ is to them

As lockdown is still ongoing in many countries around the world, the School Enterprise Challenge team released our third optional activity for students to engage with school businesses from home during the pandemic: A Good Entrepreneur.

Download Activity 3 – A good entrepreneur

Students are invited to write a brief review of a character from their favourite film or book, as a way to think about the entrepreneurial qualities which helped them to overcome obstacles. This activity gave students the chance to reflect on which attitudes and skills are needed to succeed in entrepreneurship and helped develop their communication skills and aspiration.

We loved reading students’ accounts of inspiring characters and were amazed at how passionately they talked about them! Check out a few of the submissions we received below.  

Jo March

Anjali from the Ahlcon Public School in India paints a passionate portrait of Jo March, her favorite character in the book Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. “The charm of Little Women was never really about the relationships at all; Jo’s fight to remain fearlessly herself in a man’s world and to achieve her dream of a writer’s life against all obstacles— that was the real love story”. Read more about why she chose this protagonist as a model here.

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