Pan-African Award Winners 2013

1st Prize Winner: Zip Zap Circus, South Africa

Zip Zap Circus is based in Cape Town and through the medium of Circus Arts provides young people with skills that will develop them as young leaders, good citizens, ambassadors for South Africa, and make them eminently employable.

Zip Zap provides innovative, cutting edge professional training and entertainment by providing opportunities for youth to fulfill their potential and contribute to the growth of a healthy nation. The school also aims to break down cultural and racial barriers by encouraging children from all backgrounds to participate at an equal level.

The school generates their own income through performances, selling merchandise and renting out their venue. On top of its educational development and social outreach goals, Zip Zap aims to develop Circus Arts as a recognized and accredited art form in the country.


Runner up: Livingstone Tanzania Trust (LTT), Tanzania

Livingstone Tanzania Trustwas established to meet the needs of Babati’s rural primary schools, which are often severely under-resourced and in challenging states of disrepair. The trust embarked on a community development programme interlinking education and enterprise building.

The programme, aimed at children and adults, includes projects to refurbish schools and to provide business and agricultural training at demonstration farms. The produce from the demonstration farms is eaten by the students and at the school and also sold to the local community to subsidize the school’s long term maintenance costs.

Children and parents in the community participate in training on the farm, learning simple techniques from planting methods to farming tilapia fish and soil conservation.
The farm has become an invaluable resource to the small-holding farming communities and recent urban farming dwellers.


Runner up: Common Ground For Africa (CGA) Kenya

Common Ground for Africa (CGA)has created programs and project undertaken at schools or villages that aim to support education.

In trying to break the vicious cycle of poverty CGA founder Joshua Machinga devised a plan to help families earn a meaningful living while having enough money to send their children to school. Utilising the idea of self-help, Joshua decided to use “grow intensive” farming methods to enable farmers to grow enough food to have a surplus they could use to educate their family.

Continued reinvestment of profits and fund- raising at established schools has paid for the building of 10 primary schools and 3 secondary schools with a forth opening in January 2014.  These schools actively promote leadership, self-confidence and entrepreneurial skills through specific and tailored classes.


 Country Winners


Associação Angolana para Educação de Adultos (AAEA) defends the values of peace, justice, and equality. The organisation’s APPLY method teaches not only reading and writing, but also the application of these traditional subjects through civics, gender studies, and management of small businesses.


The Union Nabonswênde des Groupements des Producteurs de Céréales was established in response to a growing illiteracy rate. The organisation teaches its students to read and write and to generate an income through agriculture and livestock.


ASODECOMstrives to improve living conditions by building the economy through personal development and personal education programmes. The organisation does so by offering professional and technical assistance to associations of rural areas.


Winning the World Bank development market place competition has empowered CAMGEW to become a leader in forest management education. This organisation also engages and trains locals to manage beehive nurseries that produce honey for sale.


NEPADCA was established to improve the lives of local youth and to fight against climate change. It encourages youth involvement in sustainable development through environmental protection, youth rights, the reduction of poverty, and the utilisation of new technologies.


Assistance aux Initiatives Innovantes pour la Protection de l'Environnement aux Comores (AIPEC)aims to increase and strengthen local production by supporting the education and technical needs of rural communities through agricultural training.


Humana People to People Congo (HPP – Congo) seeks to empower and promote entrepreneurship in Congolese women. Through training and micro-financing, HPP Congo has successfully trained over 200 entrepreneurs since its foundation in 2012


Alwan wa Awtarwas established to give disadvantaged young people access to artistic and cultural activities. The program provides these children with the opportunity to develop and improve their creativity and social skills and thus increase their future employment prospects. Alwan wa Awtar promotes alternatives to violence through the arts and strives for its students to develop a passion.


The Afro-Canadian Business and Technology Collegecontributes to the reduction of youth unemployment and poverty by teaching entrepreneurship, information technology, and small business development. The organisation gives its students the skills, techniques, and knowledge they need to establish and manage their own businesses and address problems in their communities.


The School of Catering, Hotel Management, Fashion and Design (SCAHMFAD)teaches technical skills to young adults without a traditional education and career changers. Rather than having its students look for jobs, SCAHMFAD encourages its students to create their jobs. The organisation puts its students in realistic work situations, where they must apply their skills and are assessed on their performance.


The Rural Women and Children Development Organisation (RWCDO)focuses on organic food production to improve health care and the creation of “vegetable entrepreneurship”. Organic farming gives impoverished women and children access to health, a quality life, and promotes socio-economic justice.


In response to the uncontrolled proliferation of garbage in the Conkary, the Give1Project Guinea strives to teach the benefits of good waste management. It also aims to inspire youth to become leaders in their community as they create a stronger and healthier environment.


Associação No Djuda NoErmon teaches students how to establish and manage their own farms. Participants gain experience beyond a traditional education in agriculture and livestock, such as learning to care for plants and animals without using chemicals.


Club P.A.N.(People, Animals, Nature) is part of the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation’s environmental education programme that promotes education on chimpanzees and other wildlife. The main goals are to teach children about biodiversity and environmental issues, to discourage the trade of illegal bushmeat, and to promote conservation and research activities.


Basotho Intelligent and Creative Theatre Group (BICTG)promotes good quality lives among young people by providing life skills to fight abuse, crime, HIV/AIDS, teenage pregnancy, and TB. It encourages youth to create jobs for themselves and empowers them through education.


More Than Me (MTM) provides vulnerable girls in Liberia with a high-quality education in a nurturing environment so that they can escape poverty and sexual exploitation. In 2014, MTM will open a guesthouse and café in Monrovia as an investment in the organisation’s stability and as an opportunity for its students to gain work experience and an understanding of business development.


The mission of GENIESPACE SARL is to create and support entrepreneurs, which it does by promoting a culture of entrepreneurship via networks, providing training in entrepreneurship, and assisting those involved after they leave the programme. DENISPACE offers 67-hour training in entrepreneurial culture, assistance in creating businesses and microfinance.


The Women Entrepreneurship Development Projectat Marymount Girls Catholic Secondary School strives to give young women the chance to earn an income in a community where most are illiterate and have fewer opportunities than men. The organisation shows women how to weave local, eco-friendly bamboo products, which are made into items ranging from furniture to baskets.


Association Terres Jaunesteaches its students local development activities in tourism, agriculture, crafts, and culture. It supports the social, economic, and cultural projects in Mali through education.


CREDO Consultbrings together specialists in various areas of organisational development, entrepreneurship training, and the building of human resources. The organisation works to popularise the CEFE approach (Economic Skills Training for the Entrepreneurial Spirit) to promote entrepreneurship training and the fight against poverty.


Instituto de Capacitação e Empreendedorismo de Moçambique (ICEM)strives to be the main reference for entrepreneurship in Mozambique. ICEM educates, gives advice, and provides tools to support entrepreneurial projects. The ogranisation believes that entrepreneurship has to do with both business skills and communication skills.


Junior Achievement Namibia helps vulnerable youth become financially independent by teaching them basic business concepts and entrepreneurial skills and focuses on a “learning by doing” methodology.


Festival de la Jeunesse pour la Promotion de l’education (FESTAPE)helps schools by donating benches, notebooks, and books, repairing broken tables, constructing classroom, and promoting the education of peace and non-violence.


The Centre For Entrepreneurship is a university of 5,000 students whose core principles are to create and develop entrepreneurial graduates. They have successfully chaired the Entrepreneurship Directors Conference for 2 years running and deliver entrepreneurial training to secondary school teachers.


Disability is not Inability (DINIP)is an educational program helping disabled children between the ages of 7 and 21. They innovatively tailor education and vocational training to each child’s disability and increase the visibility of, and respect for disabled people in society by giving them work placements.


ImagiNation Afrika, located in Senegal, is the first children’s museum south of the Sahara. The organisation provides innovation in education through their ImagiNation Labs, Marche Maths, and intern program. ImagiNation Afrika seeks to nurture and inspire youth, equipping them to solve the challenges of development in Africa.


Nature Seychellesis a rehabilitation program that uses nature therapy, such as gardening and green exercise methods, to provide participants with appropriate mental, physical, and practical skills. Those in the program develop healthy lifestyle habits and also learn tools and techniques that they can apply to the job market when they leave the program.


Welfare Society for the Disabled (WESOFOD)aims to teach persons with disabilities the skills that will enable them to become independent and contribute to their communities. They are taught to make products such as steel doors, furniture, clothes, and simple farm tools, which are sold in local communities.


The Timely Integrated Development Services (TIDES)has a TVET programme, which aims to reduce illiteracy and create employment opportunities through specialised vocational training. The program trains young people and helps them start an enterprise venture.  TIDES education system is not only curriculum-oriented, but also strives to young people the skills they need to be self-reliant.


The ROLES centre were established to address problems in education, such as the lack of qualified teachers and high levels of illiteracy. For example, the ROLE centre provide libraries accessible for the community and manage a 3-year radio literacy project that combines written materials, radio lessons, and face-to-face tutoring. 


Nkilongo Preschoolprovides an affordable early childhood education to toddlers and young children. It introduces English, computer literacy and basic business concepts from a very young age to provide children with the skills that they will need in future workplaces.


UNICODESwas founded as an educational initiative for rural women and underprivileged children. The organisation teaches technical skills to increase employment opportunities, particularly in agriculture and food production.  


Youth Challenge for Change (YC4C) works to encourage youth social entrepreneurship in Uganda. Half of the entrants of the program have gone on to develop their own businesses with an average income of $800 per annum.


Beautiful Gate Zambiaprovides orphans and vulnerable children with a quality and affordable education. The school incorporates an “apprenticeship” component, which acts as a source of income for the school and teaches its students the skills needed to open their own businesses.


The Njeremoto Biodiversity Institute (NBI)integrates land and livestock management in its teaching. The ogranisation strives for water and land restoration, productive crop fields, and raising healthy animals. NBI promotes community mobilization as something that is doneby the community rather than for the community.

Special commendation certificate

West Africa Vocational Education (WAVE), Nigeria and Testigo Africa, Tanzania. 

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