Monthly Archives: March 2013

March News Bulletin!

Greeting from the Commonwealth School Enterprise Challenge!

We’ve had loads of exciting stuff happen for the Challenge in the last few weeks – in case you missed anything, here’s a little summary of all our news over the past month!

School Enterprise Challenge 2012 Results

On March 11th we released the results of the School Enterprise Challenge 2012 – so many great schools entered and picking from the enterprises was incredibly difficult, but someone had to be the winner! Click here for the full results.

We’ve had some lovely photos from the winning schools – check out some pictures on our Facebook page

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Carlogie School on TV!

Carlogie School in Dundee, winners of the European Business Plan Prize, also had the honour of appearing on Scotland’s STV news channel – catch their segment here (starts at around 16 mins in)

Commonwealth Day and the Challenge 2013 Launch

On the same day we launched the Commonwealth School Enterprise Challenge 2013 alongside our new partners Ashoka and the Royal Commonwealth Society at this years Commonwealth Observance Day at Westminster Abbey. We were joined by the Duke of Wales and Sir Richard Branson, who launched this years Commonwealth Theme ‘Opportunity Through Enterprise’.

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We’ve already had over 70 schools confirm their registration, and more are getting involved every day!

Find out everything you need to know about the Challenge here, and register for entry on the official School Enterprise Challenge website

Lindsey’s Visit to India

March was also a big month for our representative Lindsey, who travelled to India to visit some of the schools that took part in 2012’s Challenge. Lindsey took a look at Indraprastha World School, St Mary’s Sec. Public School and DLF Public School, our $5000 ‘Top Global Prize’ winners – See some pictures from her visit to DLF School here.

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Lindsey even made it into the newspapers – check out her interview with the New Indian Express.

With more schools entering every day then we’re expecting to have even more exciting news for you in April – stay up to date by ‘Liking’ our Facebook page and following us on Twitter @SchEnterprise.

Take care everyone!

Over seventy schools registered in only two weeks!

The Commonwealth School Enterprise Challenge only launched two weeks ago and already seventy schools all over the world have registered to take part!

We would like give a special welcome to the following schools that are taking part in the competition for the first time!

ImageHope Foundation Nursery, Nath Valley School, Aswas Vidya Sthan Public School, St.Simran Public School, Ryan International School, Kaushalya World School (India)

ImageLincoln Castle Academy , The Cherwell School,  Ercall Wood Technology College,  Stratford School , Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College for Girls (United Kingdom)

ImageRamkrishno Girls’ High School (Bangladesh)  

 

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Albert Town Primary and Infant School (Jamaica)

 

Image      St Cornelius Ramula Odowa Secondary School (Kenya)

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Rock Community School (Uganda)

 

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Mount Compass Area School (Australia)

 

Nan Jung Junior High School (Taiwan)Image

 

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Baptist Boys High School (Nigeria)

 

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ghana      Louis Senior High (Ghana)

Centre Scolaire Elena Guera (Rwanda) Image

 

If you have not yet registered – it is not too late! To register online today click here

More about the Country Winners

The results of the School Enterprise Challenge 2012 were announced on Monday and we are proud to commend 22 other schools as Country Winners for their dedication and hard work throughout the School Enterprise Challenge. Today, you can find out more about the Country Winners of Nepal and Democratic Republic of Congo.

Nepal: Nagarjuna Academy Higher Secondary

The ‘Making the Best of Waste’ enterprise produces compost and manure using waste from the school vegetable garden. Over 60 students are involved, packaging, marketing and selling their product within the community. The project is environmentally sustainable, and students, their parents, and neighbours have learned the importance of recycling and reusing waste products. Moreover, the students came to embrace practical learning and entrepreneurial skills.

Democratic Republic of Congo: Institut La Charité

The La Charité Shop sells furniture to students, staff and the surrounding community. The students all have positions on a business management committee, teaching them entrepreneurial and business development skills. The income from the enterprise goes towards supporting 40 orphans and vulnerable students, funding school events, and teacher training. Some profits have been put aside for the future, and the Institut La Charité hopes to sponsor the education of even more children in need.

Well done to both schools for their fantastic and creative work!

More about the Top Prize Winners!

Yesterday we released the results for the School Enterprise Challenge 2012 – huge congratulations to all the schools, teachers and students that took part!

Click here for a full list of winning schools

We thought you might want to know a bit more about the schools that went away with the top prizes! Keep reading for more info on our ‘Top Global Prize Winner’, ‘Global Business Prize Winner’ and the winners of our ‘People, Profit, Planet’ prizes!

Top Global Prize – $5000

The Top Global Prize has been awarded to DLF Public School in Delhi, India. The students run their own school-based environmentally friendly arts and crafts business, where they used natural and recycled materials. The students wanted to use the business to help their community, and therefore donated 50% of their initial profits to charity. In the future the students plan to expand the business by involving more students and selling products wholesale to local shops. 

‘People’ Prize – $2500

The ‘People’ Prize has been awarded to Vidyadhiraja High School in Mumbai, India. The school started its own student-led enterprise making agarbatti, Indian incense . The business fits the ‘People’ criteria because the students chose to act as entrepreneurial ambassadors for their community, giving workshops to underprivileged women and using profits from the business to buy a manufacturing machine to donate to the special     educational cell.

‘Profit’ Prize – $2500

The ‘Profit’ Prize has been awarded to Indeco Community School from Zambia. This year students and teachers started a chicken rearing business whilst expanding their tailoring enterprise they launched in 2011. The combined businesses generated a profit of $27,000 in 2012, which has allowed the school to employ nine full-time members of staff, and employ other local people during busy periods. The students and teachers have used their experience to provide training and motivational workshops for others. 

‘Planet’ Prize – $2500

The ‘Planet’ Prize has been awarded to Ilowala Secondary School from Tanzania. The school started an organic beekeeping enterprise to produce honey. Beekeeping has helped the local environment by increasing crop productivity on local farms and therefore reducing damage to local forest. The teachers used the business to enhance learning by relating it to topics learnt in the classroom. 

Global Business Plan Prize – $2000

The ‘Global Business Plan Prize’ has been awarded to Stand Tall Training Centre in Uganda. They wrote an excellent business plan for a poultry and eggs business. The students and teachers at this centre for vulnerable children in Kampala planned to  make the best of existing resources at their school in order to set up the business, and conducted comprehensive market research to ensure it’s success.

Prizes were also awarded at regional and country level. Click here for the full list and school profiles. 

We would like to congratulate all schools, students and teachers who participated in this year’s competition. We received so many fantastic ideas and brilliant business plans, and are pleased that so many schools managed to launch their businesses successfully! 

Keep updated with the Commonwealth School Enterprise Challenge 2013 by following us on Twitter @SchEnterprise, ‘liking’ our Facebook Page  and visiting our new website 

 

Registration now open for the Commonwealth School Enterprise Challenge 2013!

Following the success of last year’s competition, Teach A Man To Fish are pleased to announce our partnership with the Royal Commonwealth Society and Ashoka to launch the…

Commonwealth School Enterprise Challenge 2013

The competition is open to all formal educational institutes in any country around the world. This is a fantastic opportunity to generate additional income for your school and by entering you stand a chance of winning a share of over USD $40,000 worth of prizes – including a top prize of  USD $5000!

Schools do not have to start on a large scale to stand a good chance of winning; we want schools to start enterprises with whatever resources they can get their hands on. Recycle waste materials from the community into beautiful jewellery, set up a school garden and sell your produce, create a theatre company and put on shows in nearby towns – it doesn’t have to take a lot to get started, just some entrepreneurial creativity!

Get Involved: For your chance to get involved in this great competition and fill in the competition application form – click here!

Find Out More: To find out more about the Commonwealth School Enterprise Challenge 2012, visit the competition website at www.schoolenterprisechallenge.org.

For all the latest news and updates then ‘Like’ the School Enterprise Challenge Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @SchEnterprise!

We look forward to hearing your enterprise ideas and we can’t wait to get started!

School Enterprise Challenge 2012 Results!

We are very excited to announce the winners of the School Enterprise Challenge 2012! 

Congratulations to all the schools that took part in the 2012 competition – its been a real pleasure watching everyones progress and we hope all who participated had fun and learned lots!

If you are not on the winner’s list, don’t worry, today we will be launching the Commonwealth School Enterprise Challenge 2013! This years competition should be even bigger and better, and we will be releasing all the details on how to enter very soon.

So…The winners are…

Stage One 

Top Global Prize – $2000               Stand Tall Training Centre, Uganda
Africa Prize – $1000                         Don Bosco Training Institute, Ghana
Asia Pacific Prize – $1000               Modern Public School, India
Europe Prize – $1000                       Carlogie Primary School, UK
Latin America Prize – $1000           Escuela Concertada Solaris, Peru
Middle East &
North Africa Prize – $1000              Our Own English High School, Dubai

Stage Two

Top Global Prize – $5000                DLF Public School, India
‘People’ Prize – $2500                      Vidyadhiraja High School, India
‘Profit’ Prize – $2500                        Indeco Community School, Zambia
‘Planet’ Prize – $2500                       Ilowala Secondary School, Tanzania

Africa Prize -$2000                           Community Secondary School Amansea, Nigeria
Asia Pacific Prize – $2000               Kadvibai Virani Kanya Vidyalay (KVKV) School, India
Europe Prize- $2000                         Lori State Regional College, Armenia
Latin America Prize – $2000           Escuela Concertada Solaris, Peru

Business Development                       The Heritage School, India
Prize – $2000

Well done everyone! 

It was a particularly difficult decision this year, as we had so many fantastic entries!

We will be announcing the ‘Enterprising Student’ and ‘Inspirational Teacher’ awards in April!

We would also like to commend 22 other schools as ‘Country Winners’ for their dedication and hard work throughout the School Enterprise Challenge. A full list of country winners is available here.

All country winners will receive a winner’s certificate. 

We would like to congratulate all schools, students and teachers who participated in this year’s competition. We received so many fantastic ideas and brilliant business plans, and are pleased that so many schools managed to launch their businesses successfully!

All schools who submitted a business plan will receive a certificate for participating. 

Keep track of the Commonwealth School Enterprise Challenge 2013 on Twitter @SchEnterprise.

The School Enterprise Challenge is back for 2013!

Thank you to all the schools who took part in the 2012 competition  – we will be announcing the winners on our new website and this blog on Monday 11th March! 

We are really excited to announce that this year at the School Enterprise Challenge, we are partnering with the Royal Commonwealth Society and Ashoka. On Monday 11th March we will launch our joint programme the Commonwealth School Enterprise Challenge!

On Monday we will be joining the Royal Commonwealth Society, The Queen, Richard Branson and thousands of enterprising students and teachers, to launch the Commonwealth Theme for 2013 – ‘Opportunity Through Enterprise.’

With all our new partners and friends, this year’s competition will be even bigger and better, and we look forward to welcoming new schools into the Commonwealth School Enterprise Challenge family!

Don’t forget  the 2013 competition will be open for registration online from 11th March 2013.

In the meantime, don’t forget to visit the Commonwealth School Enterprise Challenge Facebook page or follow us on Twitter at @SchEnterprise for news and updates.

You can follow the Royal Commonwealth Society at @TheRCSLondon and Ashoka at @Ashoka