Teach A Man To Fish has been working in Africa since 2008. We established a regional office in Uganda in 2014 to lead our on-the-ground support to student and teacher teams in East Africa. We also have offices in Rwanda and South Africa.
Working closely with locally-rooted partner organisations and District Education Offices we tailor our support to local contexts and priorities.
In 2016, 5,919 young people in 53 schools participated in researching, planning, setting up and running a real business in school with the support of teachers, staff and parents through the School Enterprise Challenge.
An additional 4 schools were provided with intensive support to grow their businesses sustainably through our "Skilling Young Ugandans (SKY)" project. In the "SKY" project, we are assisting four schools in Kampala District to scale up and/or develop a new school business with the aim to generate a significant income stream for the school and to embed practise-based business and entrepreneurship skills teaching into the curriculum.
As part of our growth through partners strategy; 32 field officers from partner NGOs were trained as trainers for schools and in how to provide ongoing support to schools taking part in the School Enterprise Challenge.
Ethan's Recycling Business
Ethan is a a graduate of Mengo Secondary School in Uganda where he served as president of the School Enterprise Challenge club. Ethan grew up in a village where his father ran a textile business which was eventually forced to close.
As a result, Ethan and his three sisters dropped out of school. Ethan was determined to continue studying and he worked hard washing people’s cars and collecting rubbish to pay for his studies. Eventually he received a scholarship.
Ethan says that his life was changed with the introduction of the School Enterprise Challenge. By learning about market research and resource assessment, he was inspired to seek an innovative solution to a social problems. He identified waste management as a key problem and began to draw up a business plan around recycling papers. At the end of the school year, Ethan launched his recycling business.
Teach A Man To Fish is currently running two projects in South Africa - the School Enterprise Challenge project and the Entrepreneurial and Environmental Empowerment for South Africa's Youth (EEESAY) project.
The School Enterprise Challenge project started in 2014 in South Africa. Through face-to-face training workshops and ongoing support via Whatsapp to share learning and best practice, problem solving and innovation in entrepreneurship, the School Enterprise Challenge in South Africa has engaged teachers and students throughout Kwa-Zulu Natal.
EEESAY is funded by the European Union and is being implemented in partnership with the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) and Business World Development Trust (BWDT). The project supports young people in schools and out-of-school youth to plan, set up and run educational and environmentally sustainable and profitable enterprises. EEESAY focuses on 6,050 youth in Uthukela and Amajuba districts in KwaZulu Natal (KZN) and Amathola and Chris Hani in Eastern Cape (EC). The project will help these youth to gain the knowledge, skills, experience and attitudes to be employable, study further or to start their own profitable and sustainable enterprises.
Siphindile's Bead Business
Teach A Man To Fish supported a teacher and student at Hope Valley Farm School in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa to plan and set up a beaded bracelet business providing the opportunity to develop essential business skills for later life.
These skills, along with a year’s worth of experience in a real business, means she has a bright future ahead of her.
"I was chosen as a team leader in our school business. I used to struggle with maths, but as a team we helped each other out. Now, accounting is something that I would like to do in the future. My biggest personal achievement has been gaining confidence. I am now able to talk to new people and can communicate clearly."
- Siphindile Nzama, Hope Valley Farm School, South Africa
From 2013 to March 2017 Teach A Man To Fish has been 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.
Supported by the Alan & Babette Sainsbury Charitable Fund Teach A Man To Fish piloted the School Enterprise Challenge in Rwanda in 2016. As a result of a successful phase one we will continue the project in 2017. Training workshops and a suite of step by step resources will support schools, teachers and their students to take part in the School Enterprise Challenge and start up and run sustainable school businesses.
Nyanza Primary School's Stationery Business
Profits from the stationery and photocopying school business have bought school uniform and kit for 14 girls and 5 boys.
The school business has been a success and within 5 months began to make a profit. In 2015 the school business made over £770 (US$984) of profit. Other schools in the programme have been setting up bakery businesses, banana plantations and piggeries. The average net profit per school in 2015 was £325 (US$413) over 6 months which represents nearly 25% of a school’s monthly budget.
"I look forward to use the skills I acquire to get a job"
- Josiane, student at Nyanza Primary School
From 2017 we are working with Fundacion Paraguaya and local partners to run the School Enterprise Challenge in Tanzania and support schools to set up, run and develop sustainable school businesses.
In 2017 we are also forming working relationships with local partners in Kenya to support more schools. Watch this space for more updates.