This year, 260 rural schools in South Africa are participating in the School Enterprise Challenge! Thanks to the funding and support from The Saville Foundation and Ithala Development Corporation, and our partnership with the Department of Education, schools in the Kwa-Zulu Natal Province have been able to plan and implement school businesses!
It has been an exciting journey for these schools who are working hard to set up their businesses! We feel very inspired by their achievements and want to share them with all of you!
Show and Tell Day
In August, 130 teachers got together for a ‘Show and Tell’ event in which five successful schools presented their innovative business plans. This served to inspire and motivate many teachers, and showed that even with limited resources, anyone can set up a school business!
The teachers listened to other teachers sharing their experiences setting up an organic farm, two tuck shops, a nail & braiding service and a beading business! They all faced initial challenges like lack of start-up capital, but by working hard and being creative, the teams were able to implement their businesses despite their difficulties.
Meet some of the schools!
South African schools have come up with a wide range of business ideas, from vegetable gardens to beading and hot dogs! Have a look at these two examples of what they are doing.
Hope Valley Farm School – Bead Jewellery Making Business
Enthusiastic learners at Hope Valley School have taken the initiative to make bracelets for tourists visiting the area. After designing a beautifully illustrated business idea and a very detailed five years business plan containing sample bracelets, the students raised the start-up capital they needed by selling mealies that were grown near the school.
Their long term ambition is to set up an African cultural shop in the local town, to increase their profits and involve the wider community so even more people can benefit from their business!
Dulati Combined School – School Tuck Shop
After conducting market research and getting a positive response, the students at Dulati Combined School began to fundraise for their school tuck shop. They have held some innovative fundraising events like hairdressing, cultural performances and a ‘school funny day’!
They plan to employ local people to help them run the business, creating jobs and helping to reduce poverty in their community. The menu is quite extensive and if the food tastes as good as it sounds ‘Dulati Snack Kingdom’ is sure to be a success!
We wish everyone the best in the third stage of the competition! Remember to complete your Final Reports by November 13th 2015. We can’t wait to read them!