Pan African Awards - 2012 Winners

We are delighted to announce the winners of the fifth annual Educating Africa Pan African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education. On this page you will find a list of Top Winners and Country Winners. Congratulations to all who entered - it is great to see so much inspiring work taking place across Africa!

Below you will find information about the top three prize winners, as well as the 30 organisations named as country winners for their innovative approaches to education in Africa. The winner of the First Prize of $10,000 was South African organisation, The Clothing Bank. Runners Up Prizes of $5000 are awarded to World Partners For Development from Ghana and Femina HIP from Tanzania. All country prize winners were awarded $1,000 each by Teach A Man To Fish.  

Top Winners

1st Prize - The Clothing Bank, South Africa

The Clothing Bank was founded in 2010 to empower unemployed mothers in Cape Town. In this community, many single mothers were running up large debts as they struggled to support themselves and their children. The Clothing Bank provides a two year holistic training programme that supports women to set up their own small retail trading business.

The Enterprise Development Programme collects excess merchandise that would otherwise be sent to landfill from South Africa’s retail stores which is then sold on by the mothers in their local communities, earning them an average of $450 per month. Many mothers have expanded their businesses, selling fruit and vegetables or toiletries. During the course, mothers work 1 day per week at The Clothing Bank reducing the organisations costs and providing valuable work experience.

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. 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/

Runners Up

World Partners for Development, Ghana

World Partners for Development was founded in 2007 by a group of technicians that saw the need to provide practical training to high school students. Students in Madina, outside the capital Accra, often found themselves unemployed and living in poverty after graduating high school. By supporting them to set up their own small solar enterprises, World Partners for Development has provided students the opportunity to take themselves out of poverty.

The students manufacture solar lanterns that are a cheap and environmentally friendly alternative to kerosene lamps. 75% of Ghana’s population does not have regular access to electricity, and the students solar lanterns are affordable, half the price of imported solar devices and a quarter of the price of a kerosene lamp.

Since 2007 the project has been replicated across the region, engaging 1500 high school students in the programme. The programme has inspired students to start their own businesses, start careers in the growing solar sector and pursue higher education. Participating schools have been able to generate their own income, one school generated over $1000, to pay for school libraries and classroom lighting. http://wpdprojects.org/

Femina HIP, Tanzania

Femina HIP  is the largest local multimedia civil society working with and for youth in Tanzania. Over 1 million students leave formal education in Tanzania each year looking for work, however only 6% of these students find themselves formally employed. Femina launched its own reality TV show ‘Ruka Juu’ to provide young people with the financial education, business knowledge and skills to help them earn income and make better life                                         choices.

By using real life testimonials and life stories, the TV show not only teaches skills but inspires young people to start their own businesses. Young people not only enjoy and learn from the programme, but interact – with FEMA receiving 22,000 SMS during the shows airing!

The TV show is supported by FEMA Magazine, which is distributed to 2600 secondary schools in Tanzania , is used by teachers in class, and has inspired schools to start their own businesses. Femina also publish ‘Si Mchezo’, a magazine targeted at out-of school youth that has dedicated space for entrepreneurship themes. Femina have a huge reach across Tanzania as FEMA Magazine is read by over 11 million and the ‘Ruka Juu’ TV show is watched by 3 million. http://www.feminahip.or.tz/

Country Winners

Angola: Angolana para Educação de Adultos (AAEA)

The Angolan Association for Adult Education (AAEA) uses an innovative methodology called APLICA (Participatory Liberating Literacy Instrumented by Active Communities) to increase literacy amongst rural communities in Luanda, Kwanza Sul and Bengo districts. With increased literacy and support from AAEA, community members are able to access savings and loan companies and engage in income generating activities.  

Benin: Bridges Benin

The Bridges Benin Women’s Business Entrepreneurship Project launched in 2012 to encourage and inspire 250 women studying at University to explore new business opportunities in Benin in areas such as water, energy and agriculture. As a result of the programme the students have written business plans for enterprises as varied as a call centre, renewable energy, agriculture and even fashion, and are all in the process of securing start-up capital.

Botswana: Raising Education Within Africa

Raising Education Within Africa (REWA) work with a range of children from different backgrounds providing them with quality, exciting and innovative education. REWA run the YoungDrive Academy, an entrepreneurship programme for school students. During the programme students run a business project whilst being coached and inspired by more experienced young entrepreneurs.

Burkina Faso: Association Base Fandima (ABF),

Association Base Fandima runs a literacy programme alongside income generating activities in the communities of Ghourma Region. Throughout the literacy programme participants are asked to develop a business idea, which on graduation they launch, with a loan from the groups savings and loan business.


ASODECOM, translated as ‘Solidarity Action for Community Development’, run ‘Friends of Farmers’ clubs for school students. In the club the students learn modern farming techniques whilst working on school farms. The income generated from the harvested goods is used to support boarding students.

Cameroon: Community Agriculture and Environmental Protection Association

The Community Agriculture and Environmental Protection Association run a training programme in Widikum, western Cameroon. They have educated a total of 300 women in rapid plantain multiplication farming. The income from the plantain sale is used to supply loans to women who wish to start their own businesses, and generate their own income so that they can pay children’s school fees and buy goods.


ACODE run a centre for girls at risk of prostitution. The girls, along with a few vulnerable boys, are given training in sewing and dying materials. They are also given basic numeracy and literacy education. The profits from the sale of products cover the costs of the centre, and support the youth.

Côte d’Ivoire: Wild Chimpanzee Foundation

The Wild Chimpanzee Foundation run Club P.A.N (People, Animals, Nature) in 12 schools around Tai National Park. During Club P.A.N students are taught domestic farming of snails and cane rats, as an alternative to illegal bush meat. The students are not only educated in the benefits of preserving their environment, but given skills that enable them to generate their own future income.

Democratic Republic of the Congo: La Floraison

La Floraison is an organisation that works to support low income and vulnerable families to secure basic livelihoods. They run an income generating Charity Shop that sells school supplies and resources. This shop supports local children with learning difficulties. La Floraison also runs a revolving fund for micro-finance initiatives.

Egypt: St. Andrew's Refugee Services

St Andrew’s Refugee Services (StARS) work with Egypt’s growing refugee population to support them to work in the ‘informal economy’.StARS run entrepreneurship classes as part of their Adult Education programme, helping refugees, many of which were successful business people or professionals in their home countries, transfer their skills, enabling them to become self-sufficient.

Ethiopia: MELCA

The SEGNI, translated as ‘Seed’ programme run by MELCA bridges the gap between elder and younger generations through its 5-day forest camps and SEGNI school clubs. Students are taught skills by elders from their community, resulting in a revival of indigenous knowledge. SEGNI school clubs are then able to start their own income generating tree nurseries with the knowledge they have gained.

Gambia: Centre for Youth Women and Child Development

The Centre for Youth Women and Child Development (CYWCD) was established to provide basic skills education to out-of school children in the capital Banjul. CYWCD started five design and printing studios to employ 25 graduates of the Centre. As the businesses develop, they are able to cover the running costs of the centre, and use the business as an educational tool for students.

Guinea Bissau: FEC - Fundação Fé e Cooperação

Fundação Fé e Cooperação, translated as the ‘Faith and Cooperation Foundation’,provides teacher training to women in early childhood education. The project gives women the opportunity to generate their own stable income, through employment as pre-school teachers. The programme also works with pre-schools to improve their management and the quality of education available to students.

Kenya: Peace Child International- Be The Change Academy 

As a response to youth unemployment in Kenya, Be The Change Academy (BTCA),initiated byPeace Child International, was established to provide informal learning to unemployed youth and high school students from slum areas. As a result of a ten week training programme and support from mentors, the young people are encouraged to start their own businesses and apply for funding from the BTCA revolving loan fund.

Lesotho: Kick4Life

Kick4Life launched their ReCYCLE program to support the education of vulnerable youth that live on the streets of the capital Maseru. The students use a homemade trailer attached to a bicycle to collect and recycle rubbish from local residents. This provides the young people with an income they can use to cover fees for school or vocational training courses. The students also receive mentoring and training to help them run successful businesses.

Liberia:The Young Farmer's Resource Center

The Young Farmer’s Resource Center provides agriculture vocational skills training to young people that have not received any basic education, due to the civil war in their country. The centre provides training and helps students source land needed to start their own farms; this not only helps young people earn their own income but contributes to ending Liberia’s reliance on imported food. 

Madagascar: Azafady

Azafady developed an embroidery training project, Stitch Sainte Luce, for a local group of women in June 2012. The group learned the skills to draw, design, embroider and construct a range of accessories, inspired by the incredible array of wildlife in the surrounding forest and the local weaving tradition. The positive impacts of the project have surpassed the significant increase in household income, with women feeling independent, empowered and benefiting greatly from the creative livelihood diversification.

Malawi: Young Enterprises

Young Enterprises was established to source apprenticeships and jobs for graduates of vocational training colleges. They work with 35 local businesses to support students in the transition from college to employment. They have also trained 200 students in entrepreneurship and business, to enable them to use their vocational skills to start their own businesses.

Mauritius: U-link Organisation

U-link Organisation runs a day centre for disabled and disadvantaged children. The centre protects these at-risk children, whilst encouraging entrepreneurship through access to a Library and Computer training.  The centre has made links with local businesses and started a vegetable patch to provide food for the children.

Namibia: Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement Namibia runs a variety of programmes supporting young people to start their own micro businesses. Participants are encouraged to solve problems in their community and are supported by mentors from the business community.  They have worked with over 44,000 primary and secondary students from across the country, inspiring a new generation of entrepreneurs. 

Nigeria: Students In Free Enterprise at the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (SIFE FUTO)

SIFE FUTO is a student run organisation that in 2010 launched ‘SWITCH 360’ a programme to “switch” the mindset of youth. They combine vocational computer training and business skills with moral education. They have worked with over 300 high school students and 3O students from a special needs school, to equip them with relevant skills required to start their own businesses.

Rwanda: Akilah Institute for Women

The Akilah Institute for Women provides affordable, quality higher education that prepares young womento excel as leaders and entrepreneurs in their communities. The institute runs its own student led social enterprises, such as a tourism company, recruitment service and a farm. The income generated is used as a Scholarship Fund for students.

Senegal: ImagiNation Afrika

ImagiNation Afrika is an organisation devoted to creative learning by providing teacher training, creative writing and arts workshops and hosting exhibitions and events. They also provide opportunities for local students through their transformational leadership training internship programme, which gives the students new skills and a unique experience. They also focus on engaging disadvantaged students through subsidies from income generating activities. 

Sierra Leone: B-Gifted Foundation of Sierra Leone

B-Gifted Foundation is a multimedia training centre for amputee victims of the civil war. The participants receive vocational computer training to enable them to enter the modern job market and earn an income. The centre also opens on a commercial basis, using the profits to subsidise trainers’ salaries and cover electricity costs.

Somalia: Africa Educational Trust Somaliland

Africa Educational Trust supports a range of innovative programmes in Somaliland to empower local people to use their skills to improve their communities, such as women’s village education, educational incentives, a distance learning programme and community skills co-operatives.

South Sudan: AllianceHigh School

AllianceHigh School is the first school in Jonglei State to offer community based secondary education. Alongside their academic studies, including accounting and commerce, the school runs its own soap production businesses. The students are also involved in the local community, as members of the Red Cross and by training local people in their new National Anthem.

Togo: ICA Togo

ICA Togo is working with 8 rural community schools that were struggling to cover the costs of providing education such as teachers’ salaries and textbooks. ICA Togo has helped these schools set up Teak Tree Farms and has trained 24 volunteer teachers in animal husbandry, enabling them to sustain themselves.

Uganda: Africa Educational Trust

Africa Educational Trust launched The School Mothers Project to provide positive female role models to young girls at school. The ‘School Mothers’ from 42 schools have started goat rearing and savings and loan enterprises. The income generated is used to support girls education, such as buying materials for sanitary products. As a result of the School Mothers Project girls enrolment has increased by 12%.

Zambia: Shitima School

Shitima Schoolprovides vocational and business education to vulnerable children from the Makalulu slum and Kabwe region. The students learn skills in farming, animal husbandry and tailoring. This enables students to start their own businesses on graduation and become self sustainable.

Zimbabwe: Pump Aid

Pump Aid have taken an innovative approach by providing local artisans with training on how to manufacture and install ‘Elephant Pumps’, providing basic business education and training on how to educate local women in pump maintenance. With increased water supply local communities are better able to generate income via agriculture, food production and brick-making. 

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