The success of a school’s Commonwealth School Enterprise Challenge rests on inspirational teachers putting their time and energy into their school business, and into using their business as a teaching tool. The challenge is intended both to create a sustainable source of additional income for schools, and to be used as a tool by which students can learn about enterprise. The challenge for teachers lies in marrying these two aims, and in fitting the challenge into their school curriculum. So, for those teachers who fully embrace the challenge, strive to make it a success in their schools and use it as a way to teach enterprise to their students, we offer the opportunity to win the Commonwealth School Enterprise Challenge ‘Inspirational Teacher’ award.
The ‘Inspirational Teacher’ winner receives an internationally recognised award, as well a winners prize of $2,000. Each of the two runners up take home $1,000 each. To be in with a chance of winning this great prize, teachers need to demonstrate the following inspirational qualities:
A commitment to teaching enterprise and using enterprise to enhance students’ education – For students to be successful in the Commonwealth School Enterprise Challenge they need teachers who are committed to teaching enterprise in their schools. Our 2012 winner, Alberto Muñoz Najar, went to Los Angeles to research entrepreneurship teaching, and met teachers from a local private school to learn new teaching techniques.
Going the extra mile to ensure that their students get the most out of participating in the Commonwealth School Enterprise Challenge – Entering your school into the competition isn’t enough to ensure that you are considered for the inspirational teacher award. Teachers must go the extra mile to make sure that their students get everything they can out of the enterprise experience. Alberto did this by arranging visits for his students to some of the largest companies in the city so that they could learn first hand how to run a business.
Commitment to spreading the benefits of the School Enterprise Challenge – As well as making a success of the challenge within their own schools, award winning teachers demonstrate a commitment to spreading the benefits of the challenge across other schools. Mr Jean-Jacques Kangne Tanouo, one of our runners up, went to a local education seminar to share his school’s success story, and tell other schools about the challenge. Our other runner up, Mrs Meera Aggarwal, initiated partnerships with other schools in order to share best practice when it came to the challenge.
‘Inspirational Teacher’ Winners:
The 2012 ‘Inspirational Teacher’ award winner Alberto Muñoz Najar inspired and guided his students to make their rococo chili jam business a success. Mr Najar worked tirelessly to make the School Enterprise Challenge a success at his school, resulting in their jam being sold in a large range of bakeries in the city. His dedication to the challenge has been recognised and he has been chosen to give a keynote speech on implementing the School Enterprise Challenge to 60 teachers from across Peru. To read more about him and our two runners up, take a look at their profiles on our website: http://www.schoolenterprisechallenge.org/itp
To be in with a chance of winning you must:
- Teach at an educational institution that has participated in the entirety of the competition for the year in which you are applying (i.e. submitted a business plan AND a narrative report)
- Ask your Head Teacher to complete an Inspirational Teacher Nomination form for you and submit it by December 31st 2013. These will be available from late November 2013
The winners will be announced in March 2014!