Oasis de Esperanza School in Nicaragua have been taking part in the School Enterprise Challenge since 2013. Over the years they’ve established a successful handicrafts and jewellery business and in 2017 they won the Americas Regional Prize at Annual Report Stage worth $2,000. In this interview they share with us how their business has evolved.
What does it mean to you and your students to participate in the School Enterprise Challenge for 4 years and finally win an award?
It means that all the effort that we have done for these years has been worth it. We have been rewarded for those years of effort and persistence, always believing in ourselves and how much we could achieve.
How has your school business grown over the years? What have you and your students gained by participating year after year?
Our school business has grown in production, in quality, in organisation and above all in experience. By participating in the School Enterprise Challenge students have developed skills like teamwork and a good attitude towards projects for life. These skills are key for their education, for their future jobs and for their lives. In addition, the monetary gains have been used for doing repairs in the school and to invest in the school business with new equipment and supplies.
Why is it important to keep participating in the School Enterprise Challenge each year?
It is important to continue participating because it helps us to improve our school business as we receive input and suggestions for improvement from the School Enterprise Challenge team. In addition, students are learning to be entrepreneurs and that gives us satisfaction; they can learn to survive in the world of work.
I invite to other schools to persist and to continue learning from all the good things that let us participate in this challenge, if you fail you will have another new opportunity to do it and to do it better, at the beginning it seems impossible to be a winner of something so big but when it occurs, the satisfaction is huge.
Whether you are new to the School Enterprise Challenge or have been participating for years, persistence is key. Once you’ve established a functioning business at your school, the benefits for students and teachers alike are endless.
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