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Newsletter October 2009

From competitions and conferences, to entrepreneurship in the jungle - welcome to another edition of the Teach A Man To Fish quarterly newsletter!

  • Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education 2009
  • Jorge's Story: Forbes Interview for Remarkable Student
  • It's a Jungle Out There: Creating Sustainable Businesses In The Amazon
  • News in Brief
  • Nicaragua: Deck-Camping & Coffee Tours Ready for Business!
  • Be a Trade Hero!
  • Teach A Man To Fish makes it to the next billion
  • Education That Pays For Itself 2009: Make Us A Proposal We Can't Refuse!

Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education 2009

Competition launched offering top prize of $10,000 for entrepreneurial education initiatives in Africa.

For Africa to be able to be able to rise to the challenges of tomorrow, more and bEducating Africaetter education will be a key requirement - and not more of the same.This 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 2009.

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!

The top three award-winners will be sponsored a trip to South Africa for the awards presentation and peer learning visits to key Educating Africa and Teach A Man To Fish partners.

For more information and to enter, visit www.teachamantofish.org.uk/competition.

Help us spread news of these awards and download the competition flyer.


Jorge's Story: Forbes Interview for Remarkable Student
 

Jorge and FamilyIf you've seen the Teach A Man To Fish video (and you should!), you'll have seen one of our partner's students Jorge Guerrero, just one of a family of 19 children, talking about what he's learning at school.

Several years on now, and the remarkable way in which Jorge has taken advantage of that education to transform his life is incredible - in fact it's so impressive that leading business magazine Forbes thought it merited a one-on-one interview.

Stories like this are why we set up Teach A Man To Fish - to give the millions of Jorge's out there a chance to unleash their potential. We think you'll agree it makes a great read, click here for the full story.

 

It's a Jungle Out There: Creating Sustainable Businesses In The Amazon

Students learning in the fieldOne of the great tragedies of the 20th Century has been the widespread destructive exploitation of the world's rainforests. Yet the people who really profited from this were rarely the local people.

To allow the next generation to move out of poverty while making sustainable use of the resources the forests provide is a challenge for the 21st Century, and one that the Yachana Foundation has made great strides on.

At their technical high school they provide young people from four Amazon provinces with the skills to be entrepreneurs and leaders in their communities. They believe that involving students in practical methods of managing micro-enterprises is one of the best ways to ensure the long term survival of the rainforest.

The school is working toward the goal of being largely self-sufficient through its own microenterprises, and already covers around 20% of its costs in this way.

Yachana water filtration enterprise A great example of how this works is their low-cost water filtration system enterprise which benefits students, the school and the community all at the same time.

By managing the process of producing and selling these water systems students learn valuable skills in management, teamwork, finance and sales.

The proceeds provide the high school income to cover its costs, and the local community gets an affordable way to produce clean water, leading to improved health.

When you add a few of these win-win-win solutions together in the same spot you quickly find that two plus two equals a lot more than four - now that's something they never taught you at school!

This December Yachana will host Education That Pays For Itself 2009, the annual international Teach A Man To Fish conference, for more information on the event, click here

 

News in Brief

Nicaragua: Deck-Camping & Coffee Tours Ready for Business!

View from the summit of La BastillaSituated on a coffee estate within a protected cloud-forest reserve in the hills of northern Nicaragua, Teach A Man To Fish partner in La Bastilla has just opened the first of its tourist facilities - private deck-camping accommodation with idyllic views across the plantation.

Coffee tours & tastings guide visitors through the art of creating the perfect cup of coffee, while wildlife lovers can follow forest trails tospot some of the spectacular birds and animals only found in this region.

With prices starting at $35 per night for two people, it's a great value way to unwind - and of course all this relaxation even helps to provide local kids an education. Perfect!

To book your visit now, contact Yelba Valenzuela at LaBastillaEcolodge@teachamantofish.org.uk.


Be a 'Trade Hero'!

Teach A Man To Fish is part of the Trade Justice Movement, a campaign coalition of organizations who want to see trade work in the interests of poor people.

Join with campaigners around the world to change the way Europe trades with developing countries - send an email via the campaign website to Baroness Ashton, the EU Trade Commissioner, and ask her to turn European trade policy around!

Click here to have make your voice count!


Teach A Man To Fish makes it to the next billion

Selected from over 350 applicants to take part in Santa Clara University's prestigious Global Social Benefit Incubator program, Teach A Man To Fish had the extra joy of being profiled on the Next Billion - a thought-leading website in promoting enterprise solutions for development.

Watch their four-minute video featuring Teach A Man To Fish here.


Education That Pays For Itself 2009: Make Us A Proposal We Can't Refuse!

Deadline for proposals to present at Education That Pays For Itself 2009 now extended till 22nd October.

Everybody talks about the importance of education for fighting poverty, but very few have concrete ideas on how to pay for it, and how to make it meet the needs of the poorest.

If you've got something to say about sustainable education, this is the event to say it at!

With the deadline for proposals now extended to 22nd October there's an extra couple of weeks to send us a short summary of the experiences you'd like to share.

For full information on the Call for Proposals and presentation opportunities, click here.

Education That Pays For Itself 2009, the third international conference on Sustainable Education, will take place from 8-10 December 2009 at the Yachana Lodge, Ecuador - bringing together up to 100 participants including some of the world's leading experts on Financially Sustainable Education.

This year's theme of "Income Generation for Education" recognizes the double role of school businesses, not only source of program funding, but even more importantly in providing a real-life learning environment for skills and entrepreneurship education.

For more information on the conference, click here.

Note. Limited capacity means places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Make sure you don't miss your place, register now.


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