Newsletter August 2007

From our competition to find Africa’s most entrepreneurial educators, to a small Kenyan project with big ambitions, not to mention exciting news about our December conference, welcome to another edition of the Teach A Man To Fish quarterly newsletter!

  • 1st Pan-African Prize for Entrepreneurial Teachers launched
  • Ecofinders Kenya: Eco-education with income
  • Financially Self-Sufficient Schools Conference 2007: Time to register
  • Fiesta de Fundos: Putting the Fun into fundraising
  • News in Brief: From Sack races to Social Enterprise

1st Pan-African Prize for Entrepreneurial Teachers launched

There are extraordinary educators all across Africa - remarkable individuals who ‘go the extra mile’ to find creative ways to bring education to their students.

They transform limited resources into astonishing results, drive change within their communities and develop educational initiatives which are copied nationwide.

It is time to recognize those teachers, and to acknowledge the huge contribution they make towards improving the lives of their fellow Africans.

Teach A Man To Fish, in partnership with Educating Africa is proud to announce the 1st Pan-African Prize for Entrepreneurial Teachers. This competition is open to teachers working in Africa at all levels of education, from primary through to tertiary, as well as in non-formal education.

As well as a first prize of $10,000 and two runners-up prizes of $5,000, the best entry from each country will receive an award of $1,000.

For full details, visit the competition website


Ecofinder project before the project and after the project beganEcofinders Kenya: Eco-education with income

A small scale project that’s thinking big – funding free school places through green business education

Althoulgh Teach A Man To Fish has shown that schools really can cover all their costs from profitable education-oriented school businesses, many schools find they have to start on a much smaller scale.

Small doesn’t have to mean un-ambitious though. Ecofinders Youth Movement have big plans for their project at the Luanda Dudi Secondary School in Western Kenya., which aims to benefit not only the school’s 370 students, but also the broader community.

Ecofinders vegetable garden at Luanda Dudi school in KenyaTo achieve this Ecofinders are establishing a school garden for vegetable crops, a poultry keeping unit, and a tree nursery all within their $5,000 project. What’s more they’re creating a ‘green kiosk’ to sell the school’s products, so that their profits not only keep the project growing year after year, but can sponsor free school places for the poorest students.

These school businesses not only represent a great way to teach students about entrepreneurship and sustainable agriculture, but provide a backdrop for broader environmental education.

Eco-education that pays for itself – it’s something every school could make a small start on!

Read more about this project - visit Ecofinders’ quirky project  blog here.
For more on Teach A Man To Fish supported projects around the world click here.

Financially Self-Sufficient Schools Conference 2007: Register fast!

Remarkable speakers, an extended call for proposals, and accommodation still included – time to register now!

The line up of inspirational keynote speakers for the first international Conference on Financially Self-Sufficient Schools goes from strength to strength.

Scenes from th Conference HostRenowned academic, author and now President of the Orient Global Education Fund, Professor James Tooley will share his insights into private education for the poor.

How do you build a personal project with six teenage dropouts, into a multi-center educational institute empowering hundreds of students every year? African visionary and founding director of the Songhai Center, Fr. Godfrey Nzamujo offers an illuminating inside view of one the world’s most remarkable educational institutions –  and one financed primarily through its own enterprises.

Along with fellow speakers from Chile, Bolivia, Honduras, Indonesia, and South Africa it’s set to be a unique international gathering, and an inspiring forum for all those who share an interest in practical and enterprising approaches to financing quality education across the developing world.

Conference details : Stay updated : Register now!

Extended Call for Proposals
Don’t just be present, come and present! To give those interested an extra chance, our call for proposals has been extended till September 30th 2007. Individuals and organisations working in entrepreneurial education and related fields wishing to present their work at the conference should visit the conference website for full details.

Inspiring : Learning : Networking
Financially Self-Sufficient Schools 2007, 4th to 6th December, Paraguay

Fiesta de Fundos: Putting the Fun into fundraising

Throughout 2007, people across the globe will be adding a little spice to their lives by holding their own Fiestas (Latin American themed dinner parties) in support of Teach A Man To Fish 's school-based projects across the developing world.

Fiesta de Fundos - Fundraising Dinners for Teach A Man To FishThere are dozens of schools in the Teach A Man To Fish network who have fantastic ideas about how to generate income for their school - overcoming inadequate funding from governments and short-term donors, and getting more of the poorest kids into school.

From farming catfish to making mango jam, all that’s often missing is just a little start-up assistance. Now we’re making it easier, and even more fun, for supporters to get these schools started.

The recipe’s simple:
- Pick 8-12 of your favourite people
- Pick a date they can all make and invite them over
- Pick a couple of mouthwatering latin american dishes
- Pick a suggested donation everyone can afford
- Host a Fiesta to remember!

So next time you want to have your friends round, don’t just throw a dinner party, throw a Fiesta and help rural schools in the developing world at the same time!

For more information on how to hold your own Fiesta, click here.

News in Brief:

The Next Great Transformation: Sustainable Enterprise
The Eden Project in Cornwall is one of the UK’s most successful social enterprises, having converted a disused quarry into an eco-educational tourist attraction.

Now there’s one more good reason to visit. ‘The Next Great Transformation: Sustainable Enterprise’, a conference taking place at Eden in late October, will look at how sustainable enterprise can be advanced internationally.

Alongside high profile speakers such as UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, Teach A Man To Fish will be there to talk about the need for sustainable schools teaching sustainable enterprise as part of this transformation. For more information visit the conference website.

Innocent Fun
Education can be fun, that’s the message Teach A Man To Fish took to the Innocent Village Fete, a giant festival that took place in the heart of London earlier this month.

And as children raced each other in sacks featuring animals from our projects, we jumped on their parents to explain our uniquely sustainable approach to education.

By the end, over 1000 competitors had taken part in our events, and the sun didn’t stop shining all weekend – a rare event in the British summer. Surely it must have been fête!

Teach A Man To Fish in the news

With so much innovative educational work going on across the developing world, we don’t normally spend much time talking about ourselves. But if you’ve ever wondered about Teach A Man To Fish’s origins, have a read of this recent article from the London newspaper City AM.
PS: Despite what’s written we’re not just focused on Africa - but even journalists sometimes slip up!

Link of the Month

Online Volunteering is a great service set up by the UN Volunteers program to link volunteers around the world with international development non-profit organizations in need of their skills. Online Volunteers can help organizations stretch their on-site resources even further and to serve more clients.

For individuals interested in development issues, it makes it possible to contribute just a few hours a week and yet make a real difference to worthwhile work taking place across the developing world.

Teach A Man To Fish has had great experience with Online Volunteers from translators to web developers. For more information on Online Volunteering, click here

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