The School Enterprise Challenge team is delighted to introduce the Blogging Mini-Competition 2018! In this article, we’ll explain everything you need to know: from what it’s all about to how you can take part!
How to set up your online blog?
Getting started is easy! If you haven’t already, you’ll need to set up an online 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’.
Not sure what a blog looks like? Check out the fantastic school business blog by the ‘Udaan’ business team at Kulachi Hansraj Model School in India by clicking here.
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:
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.
“Creativity is as important now in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status” – Ken Robinson
On 15th July 2018, the School Enterprise Challenge community proudly to celebrate the World Youth Skills Day. Held yearly, this is a great opportunity to raise awareness around the importance of teaching young people a wide range of skills. This means going beyond traditional, highly ‘academic’ teaching techniques and embracing practical methods and valuing all the soft skills that come from them!
Why do we celebrate the World Youth Skills Day?
A key part of the School Enterprise Challenge is the empowerment of youth through the development of essential life-skills through a hands-on, experiential journey – the fun and innovative way to do it! All over the world, the teams taking part in the School Enterprise Challenge are planning and implementing real student-led businesses. In the process, those students gain not only entrepreneurial skills but also develop essential life skills such as teamwork, creativity and leadership. These are the skills that will prepare them for life after school and the world of work.
In 2017, student-entrepreneurs taking part in the School Enterprise Challenge generated an incredible $694,535* in income. That’s right, over 83,000 students from around the world planned, set up and are running their very own school-based businesses! Not only that, they have used the money earned to benefit their school and the local community.
Want to know which type of business students set up? Check out this article to get inspired!
Schools taking part in the programme are encouraged to set up a gender-balanced Business Management Committee, made up of student business team members, teachers and parents, that meets regularly to oversee how the business is run. The Business Management Committee agrees democratically on how to spend the profits generated in a way that is sustainable and will have maximum impact**.
Schools can spend their profits in a variety of ways. For example, part of the profits could be reinvested in the business as well as used to make improvements at the school AND be donated to a local cause. In 2017, ¾ of schools, including Conalep Agua Prieta in Mexico, chose to reinvest a portion of their profit back into the business to ensure long-term success. By buying more tools, refilling their seeds supply and investing in marketing, they were able to ensure that more students at their school can be part of their vegetable growing business. This means that multiple generations of students at the school get to develop essential life skills like teamwork, problem solving and leadership!
Students at Conalep Agua Prieta in Mexico have set up a successful vegetable growing business which generated US$350 profit in 2017. As well as reinvesting in the business to ensure long-term success, they have also increased the number of scholarships available at the school and invested in the school canteen.
Other schools, like Gombe Junior School in Uganda, elected to spend part of their profit on improving facilities at their school. They invested part of the money generated to purchase plastic chairs for their school that are being used not only by the business team members in their meetings but are also at school assemblies and functions. Continue reading