International Day of the Girl Child 2017

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“Without progress for girls, there can be no real progress.”Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka, executive director of UN Women.

On Wednesday 11th October 2017 the School Enterprise Challenge community is proud to be celebrating International Day of the Girl Child. In this article, women and girls from our global network of enterprising schools tell us how they have benefited from taking part in the programme.

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To find out how schools around the world have been celebrating International Day of the Girl Child make sure you check out our Girl Power Facebook Album. You’ll find photos and quotes from the girls themselves explaining how they have benefited from taking part in the School Enterprise Challenge!

Want to find out more on the subject?

You can read the statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka at last year’s Day of the Girl Child celebrations here.

And this Devex article clearly explains why female entrepreneurs are the key to global economic development.


The School Enterprise Challenge team would like to wish you all a very happy Day of the Girl Child. We strongly encourage schools taking part in the programme to ensure that girls are given equal opportunities to boys in the planning and setting up of your school business. If you have a story of how a girl at your school has benefited from taking part in the School Enterprise Challenge please share it with us by email to info@schoolenterprisechallenge.org – we’d love to hear from you! 

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Logo Design Mini-Competition 2017 Winners

The School Enterprise Challenge team would like to congratulate and thank everyone who participated in this year’s Logo Design Mini-competition! The quality of submissions and enthusiasm shown by students has been astounding and everyone involved should be really proud of their efforts. We received over 150 incredibly varied and fantastic submissions – more than ever before! Picking the winners was not an easy task for our judges but in the end the 12 winners reflect the range of businesses, countries and students that participate in the School Enterprise Challenge.

We hope that participating in the Logo Design Mini-competition has demonstrated the importance and benefit of a logo to any business, no matter sector or location. A logo is an easily recognisable and memorable image that embodies the values and identity of your enterprise. By participating in this mini-competition you will have gained experience in design as well as marketing, and through the public vote seen the value of social media.

Before we announce the winners we would like to give a special mention to these schools who came up with innovative and exciting ways of participating in the mini-competition. Congratulations to Sls Dav Public School and Kiit World School, both in India, who ran their own internal Logo Design Mini-Competitions. You can view their respective submissions by clicking HERE and HERE. Running their own mini-competition was a great way to ensure that all students got to participate! The Gateway School of Mumbai created this fantastic presentation explaining each step they took to design their logo, complete with great photos and a poll! Finally, a huge congratulations to this business team member at the Kamla Nehru Public School for her articulate and thoughtful video explanation of their logo.

Without further ado, the winners of the Logo Design Mini-Competition 2017 are as follows:

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The overall winner of the Logo Mini-competition 2017 is from Meridian School in India. This logo oozes class: it is colourful, simple and elegant. The leaf demonstrates the enterprise’s focus on sustainability and the business name is clear. Congratulations!

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2nd Place: We love this logo from Corona Secondary School Agbara in Nigeria. It is distinctive, professional and shows exactly what the business does.

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3rd Place: This is the submission from The Gurukul, Zirakpur in India. Their business is called ‘Srijan’ and this beautiful hand-drawn logo stylishly shows how the three elements of their enterprise intertwine: music, recycling and horticulture. Together it’s a symphony!

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Public’s Favourite: With an phenomenal 1,700 ‘likes’ on Facebook, you voted this intricate and precise hand-drawn logo from Arjun Boarding High School in Nepal as your favourite. Competition was stiff with thousands of people voting and many logos receiving hundreds of comments and shares, but in the end the ‘Farmacy’ logo came out on top. We hope this public vote has been a demonstration of how to harness the power of social media to reach potential customers.

There you have our overall winner, 2nd place, 3rd place and the public’s favourite. Now for the 8 category-specific winners! Below are the winners of the: most stylish, most impactful, outstanding design, most eye-catching, most artistic, most professional, environmental award and education award.

Most Stylish

Most Stylish – Colegio El Minuto De Dios Siglo Xxi, Colombia

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Most Impactful – Sashakt, Bal Bharati Public School, India

Best Design

Outstanding Design – Mann School, India

Best Environmental

Environmental Award – Choithram School, India

Most Artistic

Most Artistic – Horizon Academy, India

Most Eye-Catching

Most Eye-Catching – Julio Pineda Coello, Honduras

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Most Professional – The Birches Pre-primary, South Africa

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Education Award – Nova Pioneer Schools Tatu Girls, Kenya

 

Again, we would like to say a big congratulations to all students and schools who participated in the Logo Design Mini-Competition. Your energy, enthusiasm and creativity have been inspiring – thank you! Picking winners from such from such a fantastic group of submissions was very hard so please do not be disappointed if you were not selected. All schools who submitted a logo will be sent participation certificates in the coming days to recognise their efforts and achievements.

We hope that this has been a fun exercise and that you have learnt about the value of a good logo and gained some new skills!

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The winning logos were selected by our panel of judges and this article was written by our volunteer Brooke. He always likes hearing from schools taking part in the School Enterprise Challenge – you can get in touch with him by email at info@schoolenterprisechallenge.org

 

 

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Blogging Mini-Competition 2017

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The School Enterprise Challenge team are delighted to introduce the Blogging Mini-Competition 2017! In this article we’ll explain everything you need to know: from what it’s all about to how you can take part!

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:

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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.

Skills we develop in the Blogging Mini-Competition (3)Marketing skills. Businesses worldwide are harnessing the power of online marketing to spread the word about their products and services, and participants in the School Enterprise Challenge should be doing the same. When done well, it’s the most cost-effective way of reaching your customers!

Skills we develop in the Blogging Mini-Competition (4)IT and social media skills. In today’s world these are a must! We recommend that you let students upload their article into the blogging platform themselves and allow them to promote it on social media.

 

Skills we develop in the Blogging Mini-Competition (5)

Ability to reflect and think critically. Writing about their business will give students the chance to look back on their experiences and think about how they can improve in the future. This will come in very handy when it comes to reporting back to us in their Annual Report!

 

More generally, having a blog and updating it regularly is a fantastic way to keep your stakeholders informed about how the business is progressing. It’s also a great platform to celebrate achievements and reward your team members for their contribution as Kulachi Hansraj Model School have done in this fantastic post!

What makes a great blog article?

Here are our 3 top tips to writing a great blog article:

  • Get students involved. The aim of this activity is to give students the chance to reflect on their experience in the business and develop their written communication skills. Articles should be written by members of the business team!
  • Keep your articles short, sweet and informative. For the purpose of this mini-competition we recommend a length of 200 to 300 words. Anything more than that is too long!
  • Be visual. The best blog articles always include photos and videos as these really bring the content to life. Make sure to include some action shots of your team doing their school business activities!

Once your students have written their article, they’ll need to let people know about it. Make sure to share it on all your social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter!

Are you looking for some inspiration? Check out these blogs by DlDav Model School and Modern Public School in India, they’re two of the School Enterprise Challenge team’s favourites!

How does the Blogging Mini-Competition 2017 work?

All participants in the School Enterprise Challenge are welcome to take part in the Blogging Mini-Competition which will be taking part from September to December 2017. Each month we will be inviting students to write articles on a different topic, as described below.

Month Topic Deadline to send us link to article
SEPTEMBER Launching your school business Thursday 28th September
OCTOBER Student motivation Thursday 26th October
NOVEMBER Profitability of the school business Thursday 23rd November
DECEMBER Sustainability of the school business Thursday 14th December

At the end of each month our team will pick their favourite article and it will be showcased on the School Enterprise Challenge Facebook page at the beginning of the following month. All schools which submit an article will be sent participation certificates to recognise their efforts and achievements.

Getting started is easy! If you haven’t already, you’ll need to set up a 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’.

To participate, simply send us the link to your students’ article to info@schoolenterprisechallenge.org by the deadlines outlined above. So, what are you waiting for?! Get blogging! We can’t wait to hear about your experiences in the School Enterprise Challenge!

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This mini-competition is brought to you by the School Enterprise Challenge Global team – Sally, Paola, India and Christophe. We always love hearing from students and teachers. If you have anything you’d like to share with us, whether it’s a fantastic achievement from your team or some feedback on one of our mini-competitions, please don’t hesitate to email us at info@schoolenterprisechallenge.org

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Implementation: Checklist for launching a successful school business

So, your production team have been working hard, you’ve planned your first launch event and now you’re ready to start making some sales! Or are you? Follow our checklist and make sure everything is in order!

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A checklist example with the things you might need to get ready before launching your school business!
(You can find this in Weekly Guide 10)

Remember, to help you with the implementation phase of the programme you should refer to the Weekly Guides 10-16. To access these, you’ll need to log in to our website with your username (the email address you registered with) and your password by clicking HERE.

Below we’ve picked the 5 most useful tips to help you successfully launch your school business.

Tip #1: Practice makes perfect

In Weekly Guide 10 you’ll find an activity called ‘Trial Run’ which will help you practice running the business. It will allow you to identify the areas you might need to focus on, along with the challenges you might face and possible solutions to overcome them.

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Students at Conalep Aguascalientes IV in Mexico practiced amongst themselves before launching their school business.

Tip #2: Good sales etiquette

Customers should be at the heart of your business so it’s important that you make them feel valued. Check out the ‘Good and Bad Customer Service’ activity in Weekly Guide 11 to brush up on your customer service skills!

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Students at Asian International School in India know the importance of being polite to customers.

Tip #3: Managing your finances

Have you thought about how you are going to handle the money made from sales? It’s important that students have been briefed on financial procedures and transparency – you can read more about this in Weekly Guide 12. Also, remember to make sure you have something which can act as a till and some small money ready to use for change!

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The young students at Escuela Republica de China in Honduras have clear systems in place to manage their finances.

Tip #4: Visibility is key

Handing out flyers and holding a launch event is a great place to start but the most successful businesses find even more creative ways to advertise their products or services. Have you ever thought about becoming a human billboard to attract customers’ attention? Make sure you check out Weekly Guide 11 – it’s packed full of effective ways to make your business known!

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Students at St. Andrew Kaggwa Gombe High School Kawaala in Uganda out in their neighbourhood promoting their school business

Tip #5: Follow-up

What happens after you’ve had your launch event or made your first few sales? Well, you shouldn’t stop there. At this point, it’s a good idea to get the whole business team together in a meeting and celebrate your successes. You can use this opportunity to discuss how things went, learn from your mistakes and plan for the future!

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Students at St. Mary’s School Dwarka in India reviewing their launch event and planning for the future

We also wrote a blog piece on launching your school business last year. It covers a range of aspects like how to motivate your students, raising your start-up capital and holding a launch event. You can read it by clicking HERE.


The School Enterprise Challenge team wishes you all the best launching your school business. This is the most exciting part of the programme as you get to actually operate your business and make sales to real customers. We really hope you enjoy it! If you have any questions you’d like to ask us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at info@schoolenterprisechallenge.orgwe always like hearing from you!

tamtf-week-1-e1504708163752.jpgThis article was written by our Community Engagement Officer, Christophe. He really enjoys hearing from schools participating in the School Enterprise Challenge and is always looking out for new topics to blog about. Is there a certain aspect of the programme you would like him to write about? Or maybe you’d like to give him some feedback? Send him an email at info@schoolenterprisechallenge.org

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Logo Design Mini-Competition 2017

We are thrilled to announce that the Logo Design Mini-Competition 2017 is now open!

Designing a logo is an essential part of setting up a successful school business. It acts as the ‘face’ of your enterprise and should appear on your product and advertising displays. It will often be the first thing your customers see and so should really convey your business’ unique identity!

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Some of the best entries from 2016

How should your team design their logo?

  • Come together as a team and brainstorm ideas (Think about some of your favourite brands or logos: what can you learn from them?)
  • Come up with a few ideas and pick your favourite
  • Remember to allow all members of the business team to contribute to the design of the logo!

What makes a good logo?

  • Unique and distinctive
  • Simple and easy to understand
  • Conveys information about your business (who you are and what you do)
  • Easily recognisable

The Logo Design Mini-Competition has always been hugely popular with School Enterprise Challenge participants and last year over 100 schools sent us their creative and colourful logos. Make sure you click HERE to view the best entries from 2016.

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We have already had some exciting entries so do not wait around, get designing your logo and enter the Logo Design Mini-Competition 2017!

To take part simply send us your students’ logo in .JPEG or .PNG format by email to info@schoolenterprisechallenge.org – remember to include a brief description of what  the logo means and how you designed it in the body of the email.

All logos will be featured on our Facebook page and the winners will receive a certificate to celebrate their success! You can review all the logos we have received so far by clicking HERE.

The mini-competition will be open until Thursday 31st of August. So what are you waiting for?! Get designing and send us your school business’ logo!

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Global Money Week 2017: A few words from the School Enterprise Challenge Team

All this week we will be celebrating Global Money Week, a movement aimed at inspiring children and youth to learn about money, saving, creating livelihoods, gaining employment and becoming an entrepreneur.

Many of these values are core to the School Enterprise Challenge, as some of our staff explain…

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Throughout the week we’ll be celebrating Global Money Week by highlighting how the School Enterprise Challenge is helping young people the world over become more financially aware.

Make sure to like our Facebook page to be part of the party! 

http://www.facebook.com/schoolenterprisechallenge/

 

You can also register for the School Enterprise Challenge 2017 directly on our website! 

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Registration for the School Enterprise Challenge is NOW OPEN!

We are absolutely delighted to inform you that registration for the School Enterprise Challenge is NOW OPEN!

In 2016, an incredible 49,491 young people and 3,384 teachers and staff directly benefited from participation in the challenge. A fantastic variety of school businesses were planned and set up, ranging from a banking cooperative in Peru to eco-friendly handicrafts in India.

The question is: Can YOUR school rise to the School Enterprise Challenge?

To register for the School Enterprise Challenge 2017, simply head to our website and hit REGISTER NOW!

www.schoolenterprisechallenge.org

Need inspiration? You can read about last year’s biggest success stories here: http://www.schoolenterprisechallenge.org/inspiration/get-inspired/school-success-stories/

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The Students at Colegios Peruanos Innova Schools Arequipa 1 in Peru set up an innovative banking cooperative.

 

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The Choithram School business team planned and set up a successful handicrafts business, generating USD $835 profit in just 4 months! 

 

 

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