2018 was another incredibly successful year with over 68,000 students from 9,000 schools around the world involved in school businesses! Ranging from a tuck shop in Nigeria to computer lessons for adult women in India we’ve seen young entrepreneurs set up all kinds of sustainable businesses!
Teachers and students from 110 countries around the globe got the opportunity to take their learning experience out of the classroom and develop key skills for success in life and in work such as communications, teamwork, problem solving and critical thinking.
It was absolutely inspirational reading through the thousands of business plans and annual reports received this year. Our global panel of judges have now reviewed them all and we are very pleased to announce the prize winners for the School Enterprise Challenge 2018. You can see the full list below.
[Note: Registration is already open for the 2019 Awards Programme! You can join our community of enterprising schools for free here!]
Starting a new business from scratch and developing it over time is one of the greatest and most valuable experiences that your school can undertake. That’s why the School Enterprise Challenge is such a fantastic opportunity for every school and we encourage schools all around the world to take part.
But… did you know that you have the chance to join forces with another school and share your knowledge and build even more skills for teachers and students? Yes, it’s as good as it sounds! Introducing… the Buddy Initiative!
The Buddy Initiative is a fantastic opportunity for experienced schools (taking part in the School Enterprise Challenge on the Silver or Gold level) to share their business expertise with another local school (who has not taken part in the School Enterprise Challenge before) and become mentors! It is the chance to join together with a school with fewer resources, perhaps a government-run school or one from a less affluent area.
The School Enterprise Challenge is run through our website and we communicate with participating schools through email and WhatsApp. However, not all schools have access to the internet and therefore cannot access this life-changing programme. That’s why we need your help.
Since the launch of School Enterprise Challenge in 2011 until today we’ve seen our community of enterprising schools go from strength to strength. Testimony to that are the more than 9,000 schools around the world who have registered to take part in the 2018 edition of the programme.
From 12th to 19th November, the School Enterprise Challenge community proudly celebrated Global Entrepreneurship Week 2018. Held each year, it is a celebration of the global network of individuals united by an interest in social entrepreneurship and positive change.
A truly international community: Student taking part in the School Enterprise Challenge 2018 from Nigeria, Mexico, Nepal and South Sudan!
Why do we celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week?
The School Enterprise Challenge not only works to develop essential life-skills, but we also aim to make young people realise they are part of something much bigger: a global movement. All over the world, participants of the School Enterprise Challenge are members of a vibrant, international community of entrepreneurs championing new initiatives and bringing their ideas to life.
This year’s Blogging Mini-Competition was our most popular yet! Students from Egypt, Ghana, Afghanistan, India, Algeria, Guatemala, Honduras, Kenya, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, South Sudan, Rwanda and South Africa all shared their thoughts on a range of topics from how to come up with a great idea for a school business to investigating what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.
Check out our team’s top 10 highlights from the articles we received below. To view a blog, simply click on a school’s name!
The blog from The Pen International School, Ghana is an excellent recap of how to come up with a business idea for your team. We found the article truly exhilarating and revealing. The examples given about their beekeeping and necklace making businesses both stemmed from real-life struggles of people in the community and their products have successfully resolved them all! What a combination! In the end, their concise and punchy conclusion reminds us of a simple, but powerful fact that ‘to generate business ideas, just solve peoples’ problems’. Click here to read their blog.
Setting up a business at school is the best way to equip young people with the skills they will need to succeed in work and in life. Whilst the road to entrepreneurial success can be very rewarding it is by no means an easy one.
Luckily, schools taking part in the School Enterprise Challenge are not expected to go it alone! They are given access to their very own business mentor who they communicate with on WhatsApp.
In this article, one of our superstar mentors from our corporate partners Czarnikow, tells us about the time she got to visit a school taking part in the School Enterprise Challenge in her home country of South Africa.
Belinda, tell us a little bit about your visit to LIV school in Durban, South Africa
When I went back home to South Africa in July this year I was lucky to visit LIV School in Durban who have been taking part in the School Enterprise Challenge since 2015. When I arrived I was greeted by the business team who introduced me to their biltong making business (biltong is a dried, cured meat snack that is very popular in South Africa). They gave a presentation on what their business does and what goes on behind the scenes: how they raised their start-up capital by selling keyrings and taking out a small loan, each member’s role in the business, their marketing techniques, etc…
The School Enterprise Challenge team is delighted to introduce the Blogging Mini-Competition 2018! In this article, we’ll explain everything you need to know: from what it’s all about to how you can take part!
How to set up your online blog?
Getting started is easy! If you haven’t already, you’ll need to set up an online blog page. You can do this on a variety of platforms, including WordPress and Blogger. For more information check out our educational resource ‘How To Use Social Media Guide’.
Not sure what a blog looks like? Check out the fantastic school business blog by the ‘Udaan’ business team at Kulachi Hansraj Model School in India by clicking here.
Why is blogging a useful skill?
The aim of the School Enterprise Challenge is to bring 21st century skills to young people across the world. Through the Blogging Mini-Competition students will develop the following:
Written communication skills. Throughout the planning and running of their school business students are required to work as a team, giving them the chance to develop their oral communication skills and ability to work as a team. Writing a blog adds a new dimension to this as it encourages them to think about how they communicate externally, in the written form.
“Creativity is as important now in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status” – Ken Robinson
On 15th July 2018, the School Enterprise Challenge community proudly to celebrate the World Youth Skills Day. Held yearly, this is a great opportunity to raise awareness around the importance of teaching young people a wide range of skills. This means going beyond traditional, highly ‘academic’ teaching techniques and embracing practical methods and valuing all the soft skills that come from them!
Why do we celebrate the World Youth Skills Day?
A key part of the School Enterprise Challenge is the empowerment of youth through the development of essential life-skills through a hands-on, experiential journey – the fun and innovative way to do it! All over the world, the teams taking part in the School Enterprise Challenge are planning and implementing real student-led businesses. In the process, those students gain not only entrepreneurial skills but also develop essential life skills such as teamwork, creativity and leadership. These are the skills that will prepare them for life after school and the world of work.