As lockdown is still ongoing in many countries around the world, the School Enterprise Challenge team released our third optional activity for students to engage with school businesses from home during the pandemic: A Good Entrepreneur.
Download Activity 3 – A good entrepreneur
Students are invited to write a brief review of a character from their favourite film or book, as a way to think about the entrepreneurial qualities which helped them to overcome obstacles. This activity gave students the chance to reflect on which attitudes and skills are needed to succeed in entrepreneurship and helped develop their communication skills and aspiration.
We loved reading students’ accounts of inspiring characters and were amazed at how passionately they talked about them! Check out a few of the submissions we received below.
Anjali from the Ahlcon Public School in India paints a passionate portrait of Jo March, her favorite character in the book Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. “The charm of Little Women was never really about the relationships at all; Jo’s fight to remain fearlessly herself in a man’s world and to achieve her dream of a writer’s life against all obstacles— that was the real love story”. Read more about why she chose this protagonist as a model here.
Although there are already several weeks of pandemic and lockdown behind us, the next few months worldwide are still unclear. To keep students engaged from home, the School Enterprise Challenge team has developed optional activities for teachers to offer to their students. The second activity we offered is all about finding a brand identity for a business.
Download Activity 2 – Brand identity
A brand’s identity is what makes it stand out, what makes us remember it. We asked students to come up with a brand for their business, with logos as a starting point to depict their brand. We invited them to look further down the line by thinking about colours, slogans, etc. This activity focuses on creativity as well as business knowledge.
We were so impressed with the students’ innovative designs and motivation in representing their brands! Here are some of the branding materials we have received.
The team of students at Choithram School in India focus on making crafts from recycled materials, compost from dry leaves, and plant saplings from flower cuttings as a part of their school enterprise ‘Good Earth’.
Their beautiful logo portrays their connection with nature and the wonderful wealth of our planet which must be protected for future generations. The arrows symbolise “the eternal cycle of reduce, reuse and recycle highlighting that waste can be made best with the proper utilisation of available resources.” Finally, “the nascent sapling in the centre signifying growth and freshness conveys that ‘Green’ is the hallmark of ‘Good Earth’.” These ambassadors of conservation sure know how to invoke all their activities in one logo.
They even made a wordmark in order to distinguish their products from others and be easily recognised by customers!
During the Covid-19 pandemic, it can be a challenge for teachers to keep their students engaged and involved in the school business. To help keep the learning going, even from home, the School Enterprise Challenge team is providing teachers with optional activities they can offer their students: the Elevator Pitch activity is the first activity that we shared with teachers, and further activities will be shared over the next few weeks.
To successfully give an elevator pitch, students had to present their school business in a convincing and clear way, as though they were talking to a potential investor during an elevator ride, so they only had 1 minute! The goal of this activity is to enable them to develop communication and critical thinking skills.
We were impressed with the great pitches we received from students all over the world! Here is a selection of some amazing pitches.
Dennis from the Kolanya Boys High School in Kenya pitched a great double action hand sanitiser: not only does this gel sanitise your hands, but it also moisturises them! It’s non toxic, food safe, and dries quickly. If we had been on the receiving end of that pitch, we would be funding this project right now! Check out his full pitch in video form here.
The School Enterprise Challenge is still running in 2020 and registrations remain open for the foreseeable future.
However, because of the restrictions imposed on people around the world due to the pandemic (social distancing, lockdowns, school closures, etc.) we will be running a more flexible version of the School Enterprise Challenge. As such, deadlines which had been set at the start of the year (and still appear on certain parts of our website and materials) no longer apply. Instead, we encourage teams to do what they can, when they can, whilst remaining safe and acting in accordance with local and international health regulations.
We would like to reassure all members of our community that we remain committed to supporting teachers around the world to deliver a relevant education to their students by providing high quality enterprise education resources and support.
Therefore, as well as continuing to run a more flexible version of the School Enterprise Challenge (for those who are able to still go to school or meet remotely) as mentioned above, we will also be offering free professional development opportunities for all teachers from all countries (not just those who are already taking part in the School Enterprise Challenge).
We intend to develop a series of webinars (interactive online educational sessions) focusing on enterprise education and holistic teaching skills & methodologies.
We are still in the early stages of developing these webinars and want to make sure that we create something that is truly valuable for teachers. Therefore, we would like to kindly ask you to fill out this short survey: https://forms.gle/5oLSDUn4G5V3Ww6g6
It takes just 5 minutes and will help us understand the needs of teachers in these difficult times. If you know other teachers who would be interested in this opportunity, please pass the survey on to them.
Despite being faced with difficult circumstances, we are determined to continue working towards our mission. This means we will continue to support teams to take part in the School Enterprise Challenge as best as possible and we will also increase our offerings to teachers in order to make sure they are well supported during this period and are equipped with the skills to succeed once normality resumes and schools re-open.
Important note: We advise all our community members to follow WHO guidance in response to COVID-19 at all times.
Every year, the School Enterprise Challenge team is impressed with the great school businesses we see come to life thanks to the dedication of enterprising students. We also love hearing about what young people do after participating in our programme – our graduates are truly inspiring, as they take the lessons learned in the school business to shape their lives and seek out the opportunities available to them. We want to dedicate this post to some of the most amazing graduates we have seen this year – they are shining examples of the long-lasting benefits young people can obtain through our programme, combining dedication, resilience and creativity to start and run wonderful enterprises!
Valens from Kigali, Rwanda, participated in his school’s business from 2016 until 2018, the year of his graduation. Since then, he has taken the skills acquired while participating in the School Enterprise Challenge to start a poultry farming business. This initiative has allowed him to help reduce malnutrition in his community! Between the profits he makes from selling eggs and his part-time job in electrical installation, Valens has been able to start saving money with his friends and business partners, with the goal of eventually starting and running a bigger business in the future. He explains that participating in the school business has been very beneficial for him: “with participating in the school business, I now feel more confident; I know how to deal with people, and how to present my ideas”. It also taught him financial literacy and changed his relationship to budgeting, making him more responsible: before participating in the school business, he was not mindful about money and would often spend as soon as he earned instead of saving. Now, he understands the value of money and of planning ahead, which will be an advantage for the rest of his life!
Announcement made on 01/04/2020
With schools around the world closing due to COVID-19, many teachers are faced with the challenge of trying to support their students from a distance. Some teachers have even expressed concern that this time could have a negative impact on their career.
At Teach A Man To Fish we believe that with every difficult situation also comes opportunity. That’s why we are offering FREE professional development webinars for all teachers.
During the months of April and May we will be running 2 types of webinars. Please read the descriptions below to find out more.
Note: Webinars are interactive educational sessions which take place online so you will need access to the internet to take part.
Type 1: Enterprise education webinars
The first type of webinar will cover key areas of enterprise education (such as: how to support students to come up with a business idea and how to teach finances to young people). These webinars will be particularly relevant for teachers who are already running the School Enterprise Challenge but will also be open to teachers who have never taken part. Everyone is welcome!
Type 2: Holistic teaching skills and methodologies
The second type of webinar will cover a wider set of holistic teaching skills and methodologies (such as experiential teaching and how to support students to embrace failure and learn from mistakes) that will be relevant for all teachers. Again, everyone is welcome!
Of course, teachers can attend both types of webinars if they wish. There is no limit and it is completely free to attend.
While International Women’s Day is now behind us, we think that we should make March international Women’s month! The School Enterprise Challenge is proud of supporting girls and young women throughout our programme, sharing with schools the importance of giving boys and girls equal chances of participating in school businesses. We have seen all sorts of school businesses where girls are the ones leading innovative businesses, becoming a source of inspiration for the entire world. Below, we share with you some examples of school teams led by girls who are shining through their brilliant work, and who we are happy to support in their entrepreneurial journey.
Our first amazing girl-led business are the Winners of the 2019 Gender Equality Champions of the Year Prize, the students from Olympic High School in Kenya. This group of girls set up and ran a school business called “Tailala Growers”. This team grows vegetables in recycled tyres, a wonderful initiative to give a purpose to discarded items. They made the decision to use their profits for a worthy cause, as they have been purchasing sanitary towels for girls to ensure they don’t have to skip school due to period poverty.
Registration for this year’s School Enterprise Challenge is NOW OPEN. But hurry, the deadline to sign up is 31st March 2020 so don’t miss out!
2019 was another incredibly successful year for all the teachers and students taking part in the School Enterprise Challenge. Over 71,000 students from 11,000 schools around the world registered to take part in the programme, creating all sorts of businesses. Ranging from a juice bar in Romania to a plant nursery in Pakistan and a mobile banking service in Nigeria we’ve seen young entrepreneurs set up all kinds of sustainable businesses, which demonstrated students’ impressive creativity and determination.
Do YOU want bring the entrepreneurial spirit to your school? Not sure how? The School Enterprise Challenge offers an opportunity for teachers to teach business skills in a practical way and students develop essential life skills such as teamwork, problem solving and leadership at the same time! As one teacher recently put it, “It’s amazing how children grow throughout the process, they learn to be responsible, to resolve problems, and so much more.”
Don’t miss this opportunity, find out more and register on our website! [Deadline 31st March 2020]
Not sure the School Enterprise Challenge is right for you? Need some inspiration? Find out about previous participants and their amazing achievements by clicking here. If you have any questions, please get in touch by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or sending us a WhatsApp message to +44 7722 481841.
Announcement made on 19/02/2020
The Gold Level has a new look in 2020. Read this article to find out all about it!
First of all, it’s important to know that the Gold Level is only for business teams which have already achieved the Bronze Level and the Silver Level. If you have not yet achieved the Bronze Level and the Silver Level you need to do that before taking on the Gold Level.
So, what’s new on the Gold Level in 2020?
There are 3 main changes to the Gold Level in 2020. You can see a very brief summary of the changes just below. Please make sure to read the whole article so you know what to expect from the Gold Level this year!
- The 3 steps are now called ‘Business Idea’, ‘Business Plan’ and ‘Annual Report’ (instead of ‘Strategic Plan’, ‘Mid-Year Review’ and ‘Annual Report’)
- There are now 14 Gold Level Business Guides (instead of just 3)
- The timeline to complete the level is much shorter (you no longer need to allow 6 months between submissions)
The 3 steps of the Gold Level
Step 1: Business Idea
Step 2: Business Plan
Step 3: Annual Report
Note to those who took part on the Gold Level previously (in 2018 and/or 2019): The 3 steps of the Gold Level are no longer called ‘Strategic Plan’, ‘Mid-Year Review’ and ‘Annual Report’.
You might notice that these are the same names as the 3 steps of the Bronze Level and the Silver Level. In fact, the submission templates are also very similar too. However, to get your Gold Level certificate you’ll need to show that you have done the following:
And remember, whilst completing your submission templates you should regularly refer back to the Gold Level Achievement Criteria. It tells you exactly what the judges look for in an ‘exceptional’ submission!
This year numerous schools from different countries have participated in the Blogging Mini-Competition 2019 such as Mexico, Ghana, Peru, Pakistan, India, Venezuela, Nigeria, Argentina or Nepal. We have selected three articles for you to read and learn from other schools and in that way, encourage you to create a blog about your school business.
Struggling to overcome challenges? Look no further than this blog piece by Government Technical College in Nigeria! These young entrepreneurs faced problems with the financial part of their business plan as well as market research. However, they were able to find solutions and successfully set up their mobile banking service! We’re very excited to follow their progress! If you want to do so too, click here.