Newsletter June 2013

Welcome to the June edition of the Teach A Man To Fish quarterly e-bulletin!

From crafty entrepreneurs in India to a South African social enterprise success, plus news of our upcoming 10th anniversary conference in Paraguay - welcome to another edition of the Teach A Man To Fish quarterly newsletter!

In This Issue

School Enterprise Champions 2012: Learning to Earn

Education That Pays For Itself 2013: Flagship School to Host

Pan-African Winners: Entrepreneurial Educators Cut From A Different Cloth

Student Success Stories: Grade ‘A’ All Rounder

News in Brief: New Business Planning Course for Schools, ICT E-Conference Request & Book Launch

School Enterprise Champions 2012: Learning to Earn

As the School Enterprise Challenge 2013 launches, meet a few of entrepreneurial schools who picked up prizes in 2012!

Crafting the next generation of entrepreneurs: DLF Public School, India

After conducting comprehensive market research, students at DLF Public School in Ghaziabad, India launched an environmentally friendly craft products business.

Using natural raw and recycled materials for production & packaging allowed them to create an environmentally sustainable product as well as reducing costs.

From this experience students have gained practical business knowledge that can supplement their academic studies and plan to develop their business by selling products wholesale to local businesses as well as increasing the number of students involved. 

Having generated an impressive net profit of US$1,018 in their first four months,  the students chose to use part of this income to help their community - donating 50% to a local charity to cover education, food and clothes costs for 25 underprivileged children.

Money from Honey: Ilowala Secondary School, Tanzania

‘Planet’ category winner Ilowala Secondary School from Njombe Region in Tanzania launched a beekeeping enterprise producing organic honey. Lacking funds to purchase new beehives, they got creative using left over timber from the school’s construction project as well as asking parents to contribute a small amount of money. 

However, rather than seeking hand-outs the benefit to students’ families from supporting the enterprise was clear. As their teacher explained, “Now the students can start these projects at home and be able to earn some money while they are at the school”.

The Smell of Success: Vidyadhiraja High School, India

Students at Vidyadhiraja High School in Mumbai, India started their business manufacturing and selling agarbatti - hand-rolled incense sticks extremely popular in India for medicinal, religious and decorative purposes.

As they had little money for start-up capital the students sold paper pens that they made from waste paper, and used the profits to buy materials for the agarbatti business. The business was very successful in its first four months generating a total of $412 dollars, a very impressive profit considering their start-up investment was only $13! 

While the students chose to use their profits to support a local livelihoods project for disadvantaged women, they gained much themselves in the process. In the words of the lead teacher, “The challenge definitely helped the students in inculcating values like dignity of labour, hard work, cooperation, self-reliance, inter-personal skill, marketing techniques and much more at this tender age.”

School Enterprise Challenge 2013is now open for registration with $40,000 in prizes up for grabs by the world’s most entrepreneurial schools. For more info visit www.schoolenterprisechallenge.org.

Education That Pays For Itself 2013: Flagship School to Host

Dates announced for leading international conference on Sustainable Education to be held this year in South America!

Now in its seventh year, Education that Pays for Itself 2013 will take place from 22nd - 24th October 2013 at the San Francisco School for Rural Entrepreneurs in Cerrito, Paraguay. Save the date now!

Currently celebrating its tenth anniversary, this remarkable multi-award winning school has been the principal pioneer behind the ‘Self-Sufficient School’ model.

In this approach on-campus school businesses provide students a hands-on environment for developing business, technical and soft skills - while the income these enterprises generate cover the full costs of running the school.

Impressive financial results, with annual sales of $450,000 from its 16 school businesses, are matched by its educational achievements which see every graduate within six months either in a well paid job, starting their own business, or in higher education – often all three at the same time!!

This year's conference theme, “2013: Sustainable Education; Linking Education, Employability & Enterprise” emphasizes three inter-related areas where students need support to develop in order to ensure their future economic success.

Full details on the event including program, costs and logistics will be released in the next weeks. Join our priority list now to receivelaunchupdatesand a chance to register ahead of the rest - http://teachamantofish.org.uk/priority-list.

Pan-African Winners: Entrepreneurial Educators Cut From A Different Cloth

South Africasocial enterprise triumphs in the  EDUCATING AFRICA Pan-African Awards 2012!

The Clothing Bank was founded in 2010 to empower unemployed mothers in Cape Town. Its two year holistic education and training programme supports women to set up their own small retail trading business.

Where the programme is entrepreneurial itself, however, is in how it bridges the gap between big business and local needs, turning potential waste into an income opportunity for local women. Excess merchandise from some of South Africa’s leading retail stores that would otherwise be sent to landfill is collected and sold on by mothers in their local communities, earning them an average of $450 per month.

During the course, mothers work 1 day per week at The Clothing Bank reducing the organisation’s costs and improving its sustainability alongside providing valuable work experience and an increased sense of ownership to the programme’s participants.

In less than three years, The Clothing Bank has assisted over 250 women to set up their own enterprises and they have collectively generated over $1 million for their families. Over time many mothers have expanded their businesses, selling fruit and vegetables or toiletries

As empowered business women, the mothers are able to act as role models to their children and better support them at school.. The mothers are able to reduce their debts and start saving for their futures. http://www.theclothingbank.org.za

Find out more here about how runners up World Partners for Development are using education to create a new generation of solar entrepreneurs in Ghana and how Femina HIP are expanding the entrepreneurial horizons of over 11 million young people in Tanzania through its TV shows and monthly magazines.

The EDUCATING AFRICA Pan-African Awards 2013 will open later this year for entries.Don’t miss out on announcements, join the free Teach A Man To Fish Members Network and receive regular news, program ideas & funding opportunities direct to your mailbox. Click here to sign up.


Student Success Stories: Grade ‘A’ All Rounder

There’s sometimes a suspicion that the students that get most excited about school businesses are  the less academic ones, or that if they’re too interested their studies can slip behind.

Diana Clavery, a student from Rwemondo Secondary School in Tanzania, proves them wrong.

She impressed her teachers with her hard work, leadership skills and commitment to entrepreneurship throughout the running of their tree seedling business, called ‘Plant Trees Make Kagera Green’.

She encouraged other students to get involved and championed environmental issues in her community, by spreading the importance of planting trees.

And just to prove the critic wrong, Diana not only worked tirelessly on the school enterprise, but also in her academic studies – winning one of our coveted ‘Enterprising Student’ awards, but getting the best results in her school’s national examinations too!

To read more about other ‘Enterprising Students’ winners, or the Commonwealth School Enterprise Challenge 2013, please visit: www.schoolenterprisechallenge.org

News In Brief

Business Planning for Schools: Mentored Online Course Launched

It’s too often true that ‘failing to plan is planning to fail’, but when you’ve never done anything like it before, how do you start writing a business plan for a school wanting to fund itself through school businesses? A well presented and structured plan builds confidence that you’ve thought through key issues and understand the factors which will affect your success – making it far easier to attract the funding needed to make your vision happen.

Our new mentored online course in Business Planning for Schools walks you through the process from ideas generation, to market research, to developing financial projections. For more information on course structure and costs please email Rachel@teachamantofish.org.uk.

ICT for Vocational Education: Teach A Man To Fish facilitates UNESCO-UNEVOC E-Conference

Information & Commmunication Technologies (ICT) have opened up huge possibilities in education to reach incredible numbers of learners with improved content and more interactive approaches. While this should be as true for vocational as for academic education, it’s an area which has received far less attention.

Close to 250 participants from over 70 countries participated in the recentUNESCO-UNEVOC e-Conference, facilitated by Teach A Man to Fish to discuss this subject and draw together examples of best practice, practical solutions and online resources. A draft conference report can be downloaded here. NB: If you have relevant resources which can be shared internationally via UNEVOC please send links to resources@teachamantofish.org.uk.

A WISE Approach: Partner Featured in Education Innovations Book

Teach A Man To Fish partner school La Bastilla College in Nicaragua is one of 14 initiatives profiled in “Learning a Living: Radical Innovation in Education for Work” a new book launched at the World Innovation Summit on Education in Qatar. As beautiful as it is insightful, we’d highly recommend you pick up a copy (not that we’re biased at all!). For more info or to purchase a copy, click here.

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