Education That Pays 2017

Wednesday 15 November 2017 at Norton Rose Fulbright, London, UK

In a rapidly changing world, how do we best educate young people for a future none of us can predict? One thing we can be sure of, is that success in the 21st century will require young people to leave school with a range of transferable skills and personal qualities  - leadership, problem-solving, communication, creativity, confidence, aspiration, resilience, an entrepreneurial mindset and more - to allow them to take advantage of new opportunities, or to create their own.

To address this question and many more, we are pleased to invite you to Education That Pays 2017 a unique conference bringing together NGOs, policymakers, corporates & funders, working in developing countries - as well as closer to home - to learn, share and connect on the theme: “Learning for Life: Entrepreneurship, Employability and Skills for Success”.  

Across a variety of plenary sessions, roundtables and interactive workshops we’ll dive deeper on key topics including:

  • Tackling youth unemployment and poverty

  • Developing resilient entrepreneurs

  • Integrating 21st century skills into the classroom

  • Technology, gender and disability

  • Measuring and demonstrating impact

This conference is a great opportunity to:

  1. Discover new ideas, inspire others, and showcase your work to funders & influencers within the sector
  2. Share your challenges, find solutions, and access resources to support your work
  3. Network with fellow delegates and establish new collaborative relationships.

Confirmed speakers and participants include DfID, British Council, Ashoka, Standard Chartered, Aflatoun, Opportunity International, PwC, Enabling Enterprise, The Sutton Trust, Children in Crisis, Y Care International and many more.

To register, click here. Note: Regular admission is £195, however supported places may be available for organisations where this would prove an obstacle to attendance.

For all conference related queries, please email conference@teachamantofish.org.uk for more information. 

Education That Pays 2017 Schedule: 

9:00 - Registration, Tea and Coffee


           Welcome Address  
           Education for Life: Future Skills Today 
           Nik Kafka, Teach A Man To Fish, UK
           Education That Pays For Itself 
           Education Innovation: A School for Rural Entrepreneurs
           Martin Burt, Fundación Paraguaya, Paraguay
           Getting the Conversation Started
           Speed-Dating for Change: Get to know your fellow participants in record time!
           Steve Carver, WinWin Group, South Africa 
            Lessons from the Front Line
            Advancing Understanding: Teaching Skills for Success with Results
            Award-Winning Teachers from Africa, Asia & Latin America
            Aligning All Actors
            Powering Change: Role of the State, Business & Non-profits
            Panel of experts from government, corporate and non-profit sectors
12:00 - Enterprise Education Lab - Active Planning
            How can 21st Century Skills be Developed in Practice? What are the Challenges?
            Experience for yourself in this fast-paced immersive experiential learning lab. 

13:00 - Lunch


14:00 - Enterprise Education Lab - Implementation Experience
            How can 21st Century Skills be Developed in Practice? Facilitation & Assessment
            Gain a 360 degrees view of the learning experience and discover your inner entrepreneur. 

15:00 - Roundtable Deeper Dive Sessions

            Rotate through a series of  roundtable discussion sessions led by expert participants.

            Select from a range of key challenges. Work towards practical collaborative solutions.

- Tackling youth unemployment and poverty

- Developing resilient entrepreneurs

- Integrating 21st century skills into the classroom

- Technology, gender and disability

- Measuring and demonstrating impact

17:00 - Close


Below is just a flavour of some of the exciting speakers who'll be sharing at Education That Pays 2017...

Dr Martin Burt is the founder (1985) and CEO of Fundación Paraguaya, a social mission organization devoted to poverty elimination in the world through entrepreneurship. A pioneer in microfinance and youth financial literacy in Latin America, he developed one of the world’s first financially self-sufficient agricultural schools for the rural poor - creating a radical new model for education and providing the inspiration for Teach a Man to Fish's unique mission.

He has also created a new poverty measurement tool and coaching methodology called the "Poverty Stoplight" which allows poor families and private sector workers to self-diagnose their level of poverty across 6 dimensions and develop customized plans to overcome not only income poverty but also deprivations in 50 indicators. 

Charles Perry is a green entrepreneur and sustainability leader with over 20 years’ experience working in the sustainability, energy and climate change field. He is the co-founder of SecondNature, one of the UK’s leading sustainability consultancies, which he ran as Managing Director from 2009-2015 until it was acquired by Anthesis Group.

Over his career, he has advised or worked for organisations including Tesco, Network Rail, Carbon Tracker, OVO, Ofgem, Sindicatum, Forum for the Future, BP, Shell, Barclays, Lafarge, H&M, GE, ArjoWiggins, Sinopoly and BG Group.

Charles is a frequent commentator on BBC and SKY television and radio, a regular contributor in printed media and an international speaker. He was appointed Climate Reality Leader by Hon. Al Gore in 2007 and has addressed many audiences about climate change. 

Natasha Kwakwa leads the strategic development of Standard Chartered’s award-winning global girls’ empowerment programme ‘Goal’. Since August 2015, she has managed the Bank’s network of charity partners and volunteer champions. She leads the development of corporate partnerships to extend the reach of the Bank’s investment in girls.  Goal uses sports and active learning to empower and equip adolescent girls from low-income families with the confidence, knowledge and skills to transition from education to income generation.

Before joining Standard Chartered, over fourteen years in the not-for-profit and public sectors, she developed a wealth of experience in education and international development in the UK, West Africa and Brazil. A highlight of her career was developing a cross-border HIV education programme for Population Services International in Angola. She is fluent in Portuguese, holds a Masters in Education and International Development, and an Executive Masters in Business Administration from Cranfield School of Management.

Dr Rebecca Montacute is Research Fellow at The Sutton Trust, a foundation which improves social mobility in the UK through evidence-based programmes, research and policy advocacy.

From early years’ through school, college and university to the workplace, the Sutton Trust works to break the link between educational opportunities and family background, so that young people are given the chance to fulfil their potential, regardless of their family background, school or where they live.

She holds a PhD in Immunology from the University of Manchester and a BSc in Molecular Biology from the University of Sheffield. Rebecca was previously a Fellow at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, where she authored briefings on scientific issues for MPs and Peers.

Gary Shearer is the Director of The Saville Foundation.

Born and schooled in Johannesburg, South Africa, Gary's career began in the IT wave in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s, where he was privileged to be part of the founding management team of the now listed global Datatec Group.

In 1991, he founded New York-based wine trading entity Cape Classics Inc. with his brother, enjoying almost two decades of tough but stimulating global business experience & travel while opening new markets as part of South Africa’s re-entry into the world.

After over 35 years of experience initiating, growing and leading businesses, he altered the trajectory of my journey, and is now privileged to be part of The Saville Foundation, working across the globe looking to support individuals and communities to enable social and individual change wherever possible.

Raminder Mac is the English Teacher and Dean of International Affairs at Choithram School in India. 
She is the lead teacher for the School Enterprise Challenge team at Choithram School where their business ‘Good Earth’ won a Special Recognition Award in 2015 and the People Prize in 2016.
Raminder was also awarded the 2016 Inspirational Teacher Award for the School Enterprise Challenge and was recognised by the British Council Global Teacher Accreditation Award. She is part of the School Enterprise Challenge Teacher Advisory Panel and an independent consultant with the Briish Council.

Steven Carver has been involved in establishing and running a plethora of different businesses during his career, including social enterprises. He is the chairman of Win Win Group, the umbrella organisation for Shoestring Industrial Theatre, Mercury Pictures, WorkPlay Training and The Surprise Factory. 

He recently co-founded Bish Bash Bosh & Co. a company dedicated to building brands in Africa and is Executive Trustee of Outward Bound, the largest inner city youth development and teambuilding organisation in the world. Steven has also been an instrumental player in the Education That Pays For Itself movement - founding Eden Campus, Africa’s first free rural eco-business school for entrepreneurs. He is committed to education that includes an entrepreneurial focus. 

Mahalakshmi Jandhyala is the Head Teacher at Bangalore International Public School.
Mrs. Jandhyala’s work with the school business team led to her winning the Best Head Teacher Award for the 2016 School Enterprise Challenge. Under her supervision, her school received an International School Award from the British Council.
Mrs. Jandhyala has been an inspirational mentor for young teachers and, by promoting the School Enterprise Challenge to other Head Teachers, many more schools have begun their own school businesses with her help. 

Tuesday 14 November 2017 - Entrepreneurship in Education Awards Reception

On the evening before the main conference day we will be holding an invite-only drinks reception and Awards Ceremony to recognise the achievements of last year's  School Enterprise Challenge winners, and well as the awardees of The Saville Foundation Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education 2017.

All overseas participants in the Education That Pays conference on Wednesday 15th November are cordially invited to attend this reception. Venue details will be forwarded ahead.

Thursday 16 November 2017 - Partner Workshops

On the morning of Thursday 16th November we will be holding a series of small group discussions and meetings to provide additional opportunities for existing and potential partners to discuss their work in greater depth, examine our collective progress to date, and advance planning for future collaborations.

All overseas participants in the Education That Pays conference on Wednesday 15th November are invited to attend this sesssion. For UK based education organisations interested in attending, please contact the Conference Coordinator via conference@teachamantofish.org.uk to request a place.

'Education That Pays' Conferences

Our conferences represent a unique opportunity to be part of a community that is transforming education in developing countries by integrating entrepreneurship and financial sustainability into the fabric of schools. The events are also a chance to discover how new and innovative models are tackling key challenges in education across the developing world, such as:


  • How to teach young people to succeed as job creator not just job seekers
  • How to support young people to develop a broad range of transferable skills for work and life
  • How to provide high-quality education without high fees
  • How to empower future generations to break out of the poverty trap


    Being part of a community - learning, group work and fun! 

    Unlike other events which are dominated by endless PowerPoint presentations, we focus on learning in small groups, and sharing expertise within solution-oriented workshops.


    We also believe that much of the value in conferences such as ours comes from the working relationships formed, so we make sure there's plenty of time in the evenings for fun and getting to know one another.

    Delegates’ feedback from our conferences:

    'As a result of what I have learnt at this conference, I will assist governments to develop policies that include entrepreneurship education',
    Clement Siamatowe, UNESCO, France
    'This conference has inspired and reassured us that we can reach full financial self-sufficiency for our training academy and integrate the self-sufficiency philosophy into our education program',
    Siya Sebenza, South Africa
    'After having learnt from Teach A Man To Fish I’ll add vocational & entrepreneurship training and help learners produce from using catering services, beauty therapy, dressmaking and carpentry, benefiting 2,000 students', The Molimas Foundation, DR Congo

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