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Highlights of the Blogging Mini-Competition 2019

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.

 

Government Technical College, Nigeria

Government Technical School ( Digital Prize) 1Struggling 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.

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Blogging Mini-Competition 2019

The School Enterprise Challenge team is delighted to introduce the Blogging Mini-Competition 2019! In this article, we’ll explain everything you need to know:

  • WHAT is a ‘blog’?
  • How to SET UP your own blog
  • Why is blogging a USEFUL SKILL?
  • How to WRITE a great blog article
  • How to TAKE PART in the Blogging Mini-Competition 2019

 

What is a ‘blog’?

A blog is an online journal where an individual writer or group of writers share their views on the subject of their choice.

Blogs are a great way of telling your story. That’s why we encourage all teams taking part in the School Enterprise Challenge team to have their own blog!

If you want to find out more about blogs check out this useful article.

 

How to set up your own blog?

Setting up you online blog is free and easy! 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 blogs by the ‘Udaan‘ business team at Kulachi Hansraj Model School in India and the ‘Graines d’Amour‘ business team at Habib Girl’s School in Pakistan. These are two great examples to follow!

 

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 participating students will develop the following:

Skills we develop in the Blogging Mini-Competition (2)

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.

Skills we develop in the Blogging Mini-Competition (3)Marketing skills. Businesses worldwide are harnessing the power of online marketing to spread the word about their products and services, and participants in the School Enterprise Challenge should be doing the same. When done well, it’s the most cost-effective way of reaching your customers. Make sure to promote your blog after writing it!

Skills we develop in the Blogging Mini-Competition (4)IT and social media skills. In today’s world, these are a must! We recommend that you let students upload their article into the blogging platform themselves and allow them to promote it on social media.

Skills we develop in the Blogging Mini-Competition (5)

Ability to reflect and think critically. Writing about their business will give students the chance to reflect on their experiences so far, consider how their school business is doing, and think about how they can improve it in the future. This will come in very handy when it comes to reporting back to us in their Annual Report!

 

More generally, having a blog and updating it regularly is a fantastic way to keep your stakeholders informed about how the business is progressing. It’s also a great platform to celebrate achievements and reward your team members for their contribution. Check out how the ‘Nirmaan Enterprises’ team from St. Mark’s Senior Secondary Public School, Meera Bagh in India have done in this fantastic article!

 

How to write a great blog article

Here are our 3 top tips for writing a great blog article:

  • Get students involved. The aim of this activity is to give students the chance to reflect on their experience in the business and develop their written communication skills. Articles should be written by student members of the business team!
  • Keep your articles short and informative. For the purpose of this mini-competition, we recommend a length of 150 to 300 words. Anything more than that is too long!
  • Be visual. The best blog articles always include photos and videos as these really bring the content to life. Make sure to include some action shots of your team doing their school business activities!

Once your students have written their article, they’ll need to let people know about it. Make sure to share it on all your social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter!

Are you looking for some inspiration? Check out these blogs by Met Rishikul Vidyalaya and St. Mark’s Senior Secondary Public School, Janakpuri in India, they’re two of the School Enterprise Challenge team’s favourites!

 

How to take part in the Blogging Mini-Competition 2019

All participants in the School Enterprise Challenge are welcome to take part in the Blogging Mini-Competition which will be taking part throughout the months of December 2019 and January 2020. The final deadline to send us the link to your blog article is Friday 31st January 2020. Each school is invited to write one article on one of the questions below.

Area Question
Business Idea How did your business team come up with their Business Idea? Describe the process and why you chose the idea that you chose.
Business Plan Which part of creating your Business Plan did you find most challenging? Explain why.
Start-Up Capital How did your team raise the capital needed to start up your school business? Describe the process and the skills you developed.
Launching the school business How did your team launch its school business? Describe the process of going from a Business Plan to running an actual business and the skills you developed.
Team structure Describe the team structure of your school business. How did you decide on this structure? How do you make sure students get to experience different areas of the school business?
Personal attributes What does it take to be a great entrepreneur?
Team motivation How do you keep the members of your school business motivated?
Challenges and solutions What is the biggest challenge your business team has faced until now? How did you overcome it?
Profitability of the school business How do you make sure that your school business is profitable? Describe your financial systems and how you plan to increase profit in the future.
Sustainability of the school business How do you make sure that your school business is sustainable? Describe how your business is benefiting the community and the environment.
The future How do you think being part of a school business is preparing you for life after school? Describe the skills you have gained and how they will benefit you outside of school.

Note: In the interest of fairness, we will accept only one article per business team so please make sure to choose your question carefully! We encourage you to involve multiple students in the writing process.

To participate in the mini-competition, simply send us the link to your students’ blog article to info@schoolenterprisechallenge.org by Friday 31st January 2020.

All business teams that submit a blog article by Friday 31st January 2020 will receive a badge to recognise their achievements (you can stick this to your Dreams Poster!). The best blog articles will be showcased on our social media pages (Facebook and Twitter) as well as the global School Enterprise Challenge newsletter!

So, what are you waiting for?! Get blogging! We can’t wait to hear about your experiences in the School Enterprise Challenge!

Highlights of the Photo Mini-Competition 2019

Congratulations to all the schools who submitted wonderful photos of their students taking part in the School Enterprise Challenge 2019 as part of our annual Photo Mini-Competition!

worldwideThe initiative which took place via WhatsApp (23rd October – 5th November) was embraced by schools all around the world. 90 business teams from 15 countries submitted photos of their members making sales to their customers.

-> Click here to view all the entries to the Photo Mini-Competition <-

The Global School Enterprise Challenge team would like to congratulate all participants who have been working so hard to operate their school businesses throughout the year. These photos are a great testimony to all your efforts and achievements along the way! You can see our team’s 20 favourite photos below.

Escuela Republica de China, Honduras

Escuela Republica de China, Honduras

Satya Bharti Adarsh Senior Sec School, Rauni, India

Satya Bharti Adarsh Senior Sec School, Rauni, India

Government Technical College, Nigeria

Government Technical College, Nigeria

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Branding Mini-Competition 2019

We are delighted to announce that the Branding Mini-Competition 2019 is now open!

Branding plays a key role in the success of any business and your school business is no exception!

In this Mini-Competition we’re encouraging you to learn more about branding and to create some designs for your school business. Read on to find out more!

 

What is branding? How will it help your school business?

Branding is the identity of your business. It is a way of distinguishing yourself from the competitors and clarifying what it is you offer that makes you the better choice.

Businesses with good branding are more likely to attract customers and therefore make more profit.

Google branding

Iconic: Google has developed some of the most recognisable branding ever

How to take part in the Branding Mini-Competition?

Taking part in the Branding Mini-Competition is easy! Simply follow the 3 steps below:

  1. Get together as a team and do some research into branding
  2. Create some designs which will increase the ‘visibility’ of your school business
    1. If you don’t have one yet, we recommend starting with a logo (this task is ideal for schools taking part on the Bronze Level – more information lower down the page)
    2. If you already have a logo, why not design something new like a flyer to hand out to customers or a banner to put above your stall? (this task is ideal for schools taking part on the Silver Level and Gold Level – more information lower down the page)
  3. Send us a photo of what you have designed (logo or other piece of branding) by email to info@schoolenterprisechallenge.org or on WhatsApp to +44 7722 481 841 before Sunday 30th June.

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Highlights of the Blogging Mini-Competition 2018

This year’s Blogging Mini-Competition was our most popular yet! Students from Egypt, Ghana, Afghanistan, India, Algeria, Guatemala, Honduras, Kenya, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, South Sudan, Rwanda and South Africa all shared their thoughts on a range of topics from how to come up with a great idea for a school business to investigating what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.

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Check out our team’s top 10 highlights from the articles we received below. To view a blog, simply click on a school’s name!

The Pen International School, Ghana

The Pen International Ghana.jpgThe blog from The Pen International School, Ghana is an excellent recap of how to come up with a business idea for your team. We found the article truly exhilarating and revealing. The examples given about their beekeeping and necklace making businesses both stemmed from real-life struggles of people in the community and their products have successfully resolved them all! What a combination! In the end, their concise and punchy conclusion reminds us of a simple, but powerful fact that ‘to generate business ideas, just solve peoples’ problems’. Click here to read their blog.

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Blogging Mini-Competition 2018

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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:

Skills we develop in the Blogging Mini-Competition (2)

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.

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Logo Design Mini-Competition 2017 Winners

The School Enterprise Challenge team would like to congratulate and thank everyone who participated in this year’s Logo Design Mini-competition! The quality of submissions and enthusiasm shown by students has been astounding and everyone involved should be really proud of their efforts. We received over 150 incredibly varied and fantastic submissions – more than ever before! Picking the winners was not an easy task for our judges but in the end the 12 winners reflect the range of businesses, countries and students that participate in the School Enterprise Challenge.

We hope that participating in the Logo Design Mini-competition has demonstrated the importance and benefit of a logo to any business, no matter sector or location. A logo is an easily recognisable and memorable image that embodies the values and identity of your enterprise. By participating in this mini-competition you will have gained experience in design as well as marketing, and through the public vote seen the value of social media.

Before we announce the winners we would like to give a special mention to these schools who came up with innovative and exciting ways of participating in the mini-competition. Congratulations to Sls Dav Public School and Kiit World School, both in India, who ran their own internal Logo Design Mini-Competitions. You can view their respective submissions by clicking HERE and HERE. Running their own mini-competition was a great way to ensure that all students got to participate! The Gateway School of Mumbai created this fantastic presentation explaining each step they took to design their logo, complete with great photos and a poll! Finally, a huge congratulations to this business team member at the Kamla Nehru Public School for her articulate and thoughtful video explanation of their logo.

Without further ado, the winners of the Logo Design Mini-Competition 2017 are as follows:

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The overall winner of the Logo Mini-competition 2017 is from Meridian School in India. This logo oozes class: it is colourful, simple and elegant. The leaf demonstrates the enterprise’s focus on sustainability and the business name is clear. Congratulations!

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Blogging Mini-Competition 2017

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The School Enterprise Challenge team are delighted to introduce the Blogging Mini-Competition 2017! In this article we’ll explain everything you need to know: from what it’s all about to how you can take part!

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:

Skills we develop in the Blogging Mini-Competition (2)

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.

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Logo Design Mini-Competition 2017

We are thrilled to announce that the Logo Design Mini-Competition 2017 is now open!

Designing a logo is an essential part of setting up a successful school business. It acts as the ‘face’ of your enterprise and should appear on your product and advertising displays. It will often be the first thing your customers see and so should really convey your business’ unique identity!

Merged logos best of 2016

Some of the best entries from 2016

How should your team design their logo?

  • Come together as a team and brainstorm ideas (Think about some of your favourite brands or logos: what can you learn from them?)
  • Come up with a few ideas and pick your favourite
  • Remember to allow all members of the business team to contribute to the design of the logo!

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