African Schools Shine in Global Entrepreneurship Competition

UK-based charity Teach A Man To Fish has announced winners in the School Enterprise Challenge from Zambia to Mexico, recognising the best school-based businesses launched in 2015

Extreme poverty remains a huge challenge at international level and one that traditional education often struggles to solve. Another pressing challenge in the context of global education is solving the youth unemployment crisis, with 75 million people aged 16 to 24 currently unemployed.

The School Enterprise Challenge was designed as a way of transforming large numbers of young people from all over the world from job seekers into job creators. The programme challenges young people to establish a socially responsible, yet profitable, business at their school. This offers a platform for providing hands-on relevant education to students, at the same time as generating extra income for the school. In 2015, more than 2,900 schools from over 100 countries benefited from participating in the School Enterprise Challenge. Those that reached business implementation stage generated an average income of $680 in their first 4 months of operation.

"We are delighted to be organising the School Enterprise Challenge for the sixth year running. With more countries and schools getting involved the competition will be even bigger and better and more young people will be equipped with the skills needed to enter the business world," Nik Kafka, CEO of Teach A Man To Fish

The overall Global Winner was the Kariba South Primary School in Zambia. Through its on-going involvement in the School Enterprise Challenge the school established and grew an impressive tailoring centre. The students have


generated impressive profit by using second-hand materials and by finding new markets in both Zambia and the UK. 

​"The Young Tailors Club is very important to me because I can now make a living from sewing. When I grow up I will start my own business making skirts, dresses, bags, aprons and school uniforms for my community." Clever, student at Kariba South Primary School

Other African Winners at different stages included schools from Nigeria, Tanzania, South Africa, Uganda, Mauritius and Rwanda.

Some of the other school businesses included a bakery using home-grown products in Ukraine and a start-up in Scotland that needed no start-up capital and had very low direct costs later on.

Official registration for the 2016 School Enterprise Challenge opens this month. Registration is free and open to all schools.