Newsletter August 2008

From competitions and conferences, to doing more with less - welcome to another edition of the Teach A Man To Fish quarterly newsletter!

  • Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education Launched
  • Bolivia School Putting the 'Efficiency' into 'Self-Sufficiency'
  • News in Brief: Rising to the World Challenge and more...
  • Education That Pays For Itself 2008: More Than A Conference

Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education 2008

Akwany SmallCompetition launched offering top prize of $10,000 for entrepreneurial education initiatives in Africa.
If the huge demand for education that exists across Africa is to be met, it will require new and entrepreneurial models which can be replicated and taken to scale.
To support the best organizations developing such models Educating Africa and Teach A Man To Fish are proud to announce the EDUCATING AFRICA Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education 2008.
The competition is open to all organizations based in Africa working in education, both formal and non-formal education.
As well as a first prize of $10,000 and two runners-up prizes of $5,000, there are 50 awards of $1,000 available for the best entry from every country on the continent!
In addition to the award itself the top three winners will be invited to collect their prizes in person at Education That Pays For Itself 2008, an international conference on Sustainable Education being held this November in South Africa.
For more information and to enter, visit www.teachamantofish.org.uk/competition
Help us spread news of these awards, download the competition flyer here. 

Bolivia School Putting the 'Efficiency' into 'Self-Sufficiency'

Teach A Man To Fish partner school in Bolivia finds creative ways to provide a quality education despite limited resources.
To many people a school is a set of buildings where students are taught - but in fact you don't need a huge amount of costly infrastructure to provide a high quality and entrepreneurial education.
citrusThe innovative Centro de Educacion Alternative Agricola (CEAA) in South East Bolivia has embraced this principle and is providing one of the most efficient education services in Latin America.
Rather than build a new school from scratch the CEAA, administered by local NGO Agro XXI, has partnered with a neighbouring government school. Students study at the government school in the morning to obtain a basic secondary education - and in the afternoon attend the CEAA for practical and classroom based lessons in sustainable agriculture and rural enterprise. 
By embracing 'Learning by Doing' - a form of hands-on practical teaching which take place outdoors - the CEAA not only improves the effectiveness of teaching, but has kept its infrastructure and running costs very low. The school consists chiefly of two dorms for boarding students, and two classrooms. With just this infrastructure, and a little support from Teach A Man To Fish, they will be running a fully self-sufficient school educating 95 students a year by 2010.
With practical experience of running profitable agricultural businesses at school, students develop the technical and entrepreneurial skills needed to set up their own successful rural enterprises on graduation. But because each graduating student receives the nationally recognized 'AgroTecnico Medio' certificate they also leave qualified for formal employment in the agricultural sector or to continue their studies.
Opening doors to a brighter future - it's what the education we support is all about!

News in Brief:

Rising to the World Challenge:
Out of the many hundreds of entries received by World Challenge 08 - an international competition run by BBC World, Newsweek & Shell - the Teach A Man To Fish Self-Sufficient School for Rural Entrepreneurs run by the Fundación Paraguaya has now made it through to the final twelve.
Watch out for upcoming articles in Newsweek and a BBC World documentary about the school to be screened in September. And of course when time comes for the public to vote online we hope you'll put a click in the box for us!
Twice the Price: International PwC Teams Support Teach A Man To Fish Partners
PWC lifesaversAs part of a strategic commitment to supporting successful social organizations to achieve more, two teams of Partners from Price Waterhouse Coopers have just completed a seven week consultancy mission at Teach A Man To Fish partner schools in Paraguay and South Africa.
Combining leadership development for staff with Corporate Social Responsibility really does seem to be the perfect win-win solution - and one which we're more than happy to  work on with any other companies who're interested!

Lords Alive: Teach A Man To Fish Reception at the House of Lords
Lords eventWith so many worthwhile social projects out there it's a challenge for a new organization to make a splash. Our thanks go out to our patron Lord St John of Bletsoe and partner Educating Africa their part in putting together a reception at the House of Lords in London to highlight the work of Teach A Man To Fish. With a lively mix of prominent people from the worlds of business, politics and international development it was a rare privilege to debate the merits of Education That Pays For Itself with such an illustrious crowd.

Education That Pays For Itself 2008: More Than A Conference

First keynote speakers announced, registration opens, and call for proposals extended.
conferenceWith some of the leading practitioners & thinkers in education signing up to attend,  Education That Pays For Itself 2008 - which takes place in South Africa, 18-20 November - is set to be a key event for the growing movement for sustainable education.

Confirmed keynote speakers include James Tooley, President of the Global Orient Education Fund, renowned academic and authority on private education for the poor; Taddy Blecher, founder of CIDA City Campus, South Africa's first Business School for disadvantaged youth; Martin Burt, Executive Director of Fundación Paraguaya and Teach A Man To Fish, and a leading exponent of Self-Sufficient Schools for Rural Entrepreneurs.

Share your work to inspire others in theirs: the call for proposals deadline has now been extended to 30th September 2008. Proposals are welcomed from all individuals and organisations working in entrepreneurship, skills education and related fields. Please visit the conference website for more details on the submission process, format and acceptance criteria.
Register now: Registration opened at the start of August and already places are filling up fast. For full information on the conference, and to reserve your place visit the conference website now!

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