Teach A Man To Fish opened our regional office in Uganda in 2014. With growing figures of youth unemployment across the country, and pockets of low student retention rates in some regions, our programmes equip young people with the tools they need for success at school and beyond.
In addition to running the School Enterprise Challenge in Uganda, our work is focusing on making sure that the most marginalised young people can benefit equally from our programmes.
We are working with Opportunity International on their DFID-funded Empowerment for Girls’ Education (EGE) project, to improve the learning, retention and transition of girls through the delivery of financial literacy and life skills training. We guided 132 low-resource schools to introduce school businesses between 2016 and 2019, supporting over 28,988 girls at key points of transition in their schooling in partnership with Opportunity International.
From January 2020, we are running the Youth Enterprise Challenge, a 12-month project in partnership with Opportunity International to work with 1,440 out-of-school youth in rural communities in Mityana. Collaborating with Opportunity International, Hanns R Neumann Stiftung and Opportunity Bank Uganda Ltd, we aim to work with 48 existing farmer field groups and support them to plan, set up and run a group business over 6 months.
In South Africa, Teach A Man To Fish is running the School Enterprise Challenge programme and in 2019 completed the Entrepreneurial and Environmental Empowerment for South Africa's Youth (EEESAY) project.
The School Enterprise Challenge programme started in 2014 in South Africa. Through face-to-face training workshops, a suite of step-by-step resources and ongoing support via Whatsapp to share advice, learning and best practice, problem solving and innovations, the School Enterprise Challenge in South Africa has engaged teachers and students throughout Kwa-Zulu Natal province.
EEESAY was partly funded by the European Union as well as private foundations in the UK, Europe and South Africa. The project was implemented in partnership with the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) and Business World Development Trust (BWDT). EEESAY focused on two of the poorest provinces in South Africa - KwaZulu Natal (KZN) and Eastern Cape (EC). Over three years, the project supported 3,962 young people in school as well as 50 out-of-school youth to plan, set up and run environmentally sustainable and profitable enterprises. Learner-led business teams were facilitated by 129 teachers trained and supported to guide experiential learning in a school business. Data collected through the project showed that school businesses gave learners opportunities for deeper learning in a real-life context and to develop important skills for career-readiness. 31 school businesses are set up to run beyond the project.
Inspiring Stories: Minenhle
“Our School Business has given me a different look towards life. I initially wished to be a teacher in the future, but now I wish to be a teacher and a business woman. I feel happy to be already taking steps towards this goal as women in my community are still undermined in my community business wise and that is the mind-set I wish to change in future!”
17 year old Minenhle Khumalo is a self-professed free spirit from Ladysmith in South Africa, who has great ambitions for the future after taking part in EEESAY last year. She is one of the seven student entrepreneurs behind our 2018 Best Up and Coming Business selling their handcrafted beaded jewellery.
From 2013 to March 2017 Teach A Man To Fish was a partner in implementing the Rwandan Education Advancement Project (REAP), led by Health Poverty Action. With DfID support, 28 schools in Nyaraguru district in Southern Rwanda were supported to start and run sustainable School Businesses. These businesses support girls' education.
Building on REAP, in 2016 Teach A Man To Fish launched our flagship School Enterprise Challenge programme in Rwanda. We continue to work in Rwanda with support from the Lemonaid + ChariTea Foundation, Social Capital Foundation, Czarnikow, St. Mary’s Church Charities Committee and Fiecon. In 2019 our teacher training workshops, step-by-step resources and ongoing guidance throughout the year directly supported 7,367 young Rwandans and their teachers to take part in the School Enterprise Challenge, complete robust planning for 117 businesses and implement 97 school businesses.
Inspiring Stories: Divine
When Divine enrolled at College du Christ Roi in the Nyanza district of Rwanda, she soon began to work for the school’s envelope-making business, done through Teach a Man to Fish’s School Enterprise Challenge.
Divine says the programme provided her with the skills and business knowledge necessary to run her own business. She now independently runs a shop in Kimbali City, which has been open for six months.
In 2018, we worked with local partners to support 15 schools in Kenya to set up, run and develop sustainable School Businesses directly benefiting more than 2,000 young people.
Our partnerships allowed low-resource schools both in rural and urban settings to participate in the School Enterprise Challenge and learn valuable skills to combat youth unemployment in their countries.
Inspiring Stories: Shammah Children Centre
Located in Nairobi's Kibera slum - considered the largest slum in Africa - lies Shammah Children Centre, an informal school set up in response to the lack of public schools in the region. With no government funding, the centre suffers from a high student-to-teacher ratio and lacks good quality education resources.
Determined to generate income for their school and improve the livelihoods of students, a group of teachers and students at the Centre joined theSchool Enterprise Challenge and set up their own poultry and rabbit rearing businesses, as well as a vegetable garden.
In their first nine months of operation the school business team, known as the Shammah Shakers, earned a $1,200 profit and involved over 100 parents in the businesses creating a community-wide impact!
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