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South Africa: The Good News    Translate This Article
25 March 2013

Schools across South Africa have won prizes of up to $1,000 as part of the School Enterprise Challenge 2012. The competition, run by British charity Teach A Man to Fish, has motivated over 400 schools across the world to set up their own school-based enterprises. This announcement coincides with the launch of the 2013 competition which is now open for registrations.

In 2012, over 350 schools from across Africa took part in the competition, with 16 schools from South Africa writing business plans for their own school based enterprises. The Birches Pre- Primary School from Pinetown, outside Durban, has been awarded the $1000 'South Africa Country Prize' for the best school based business in South Africa.

The students and their dedicated teacher Priscilla Edmonds, hold monthly markets at the school selling goods produced by the children and their families such as fruit, dried herbs, eggs, backed goods and bracelets. The Parents and members of the community take part in the school business activities and the teachers use the businesses to teach new technical skills such as permaculture and business skills such as book keeping.

'In addition to the children, teachers and parents are working together for their market days so that the chickens became a shared responsibility! Maths and other cross-curricula exercises are followed; including the use of money, addition and subtraction, simple book keeping and the language of buying and selling. Numeracy, Literacy and Life Skills in the pre-primary curriculum were also covered very successfully! ' Priscilla stated.

Kingdom Christian School from Mtubatuba, KwaZulu-Natal was also very successful in the competition. They were awarded the $500 'South Africa Business Plan Country Winner' Prize for the best business plan from a South African school. The students wrote an excellent business plan for their enterprise 'Mr Goodies Tuckshop' which provides snacks for students at break time. The students managed to overcome problems of inflation by adjusting their prices. They also help the environment by recycling all their materials!

A total of $40,000 of prizes will be awarded to outstanding schools in Armenia, Dubai, Ghana, India, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, the UK and Zambia.

For the 2013 competition, Teach A Man to Fish have partnered with The Royal Commonwealth Society and Ashoka to present the 'Commonwealth School Enterprise Challenge 2013' which was launched on the 11th March at the Commonwealth Observance at Westminster Abbey in London, in the presence of The Duke of Edinburgh, Richard Branson and thousands of enterprising students and teachers.

'We are delighted to be organising the School Enterprise Challenge for the third year. 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, Director of Teach A Man To Fish.

For more information on competition winners or to register for this year's competition please visit

Teach A Man To Fish is an international non-profit organisation working to improve the relevancy, quality, and availability of education in developing countries. For more information please visit

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