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.
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.
Refugees are some of the most underprivileged people in the world in terms of education, with forty eight percent of school age refugees out of education worldwide. Teach A Man To Fish is working to make sure that young refugees do not miss out on valuable practical and relevant learning opportunities by bringing the School Enterprise Challenge to Education Cannot Wait schools in Uganda as part of a 24-months project.
2,400 learners in 60 primary schools in four refugee settlements (in Rhino, Bidi Bidi, Kyangwali, Palabek districts) are taking part in our educational school-business programme, developing essential business and life skills that will serve them in the future.
Inspiring Stories: Patrick
"I have gained a lot of confidence participating in the programme and I never imagined myself starting a business. I used to use any money I earned to buy food for home, but now I think about how to invest."
16 year old Patrick is a South Sudanese national living in the Palabek refugee settlement in Uganda. He lives alone with his sister and is the sole breadwinner for them after being separated from their parents. He has been participating in the School Enterprise Challenge since July 2020. By attending the lessons, he acquired the confidence and skills to set up his own business.
Overall, the programme has changed Patrick’s aspirations for the future, as he now wants to set up a big wholesale shop as well as study to become a banker.
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 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.
In 2019, Teach A Man To Fish completed the Entrepreneurial and Environmental Empowerment for South Africa's Youth (EEESAY) project. This 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 over a period of 3 years. EEESAY was partly funded by the European Union as well as private foundations in the UK, Europe and South Africa.
In 2020, the South Africa office developed hard copy workbooks of the Enterprise Adventure programme, distributing more than 700 of these to learners in nearly 30 schools. This allowed for young people to continue developing key skills for success in work and life in spite of school closures in the country.
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. Six years after this project’s beginning, 69% of the school businesses that were set up at the time are still running, generating a much-needed additional income for these rural schools and their students.
In 2020, we adapted the School Enterprise Challenge to launch out-of-school Business Clubs, reaching children and young people in spite of school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The projects allow young people in marginalised communities to gain essential life and business skills through the planning and implementation of businesses outside of school.
Inspiring Stories: Diane
"I was always dreaming about being a businesswoman! To join a business club helped me to achieve my dreams and strengthen me. It helped me know how to create my own business when I finish school by doing a feasibility study with the low resources we have available to us."
Diane is a 19 year old student at a Technical and Vocational Education and Training Centre in Rwanda. In August 2020, she joined the business club 'Everything is Possible Club' as a cashier selling bananas.
Diane has really taken on the motto of her business' name, and has great ambitions for the future: "I plan to have a company in the future that will produce goods. I want to do research on how bananas can be stored for a longer time, and then my company will be able to create new and innovative products."
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!
Our supporters in Africa
School Enterprise Challenge
Our student-led business awards programme for schools around the world
The Enterprise Adventure is a mobile app aimed at teenagers around the world who want to learn about business and have a positive impact on their local community.
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We have created out-of-school business clubs and work with youth groups to support young people’s skills development outside of school settings.
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