THE SAVILLE FOUNDATION Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education

2017 Winners

First Prize: The Batonga Foundation

The Batonga Foundation was founded in 2006 by Grammy Award-winning singer and UNICEF International Goodwill Ambassador, Angelique Kidjo.  Kidjo, born and raised in Benin, says the most important gift she ever received was access to education. At a time when few girls made it to secondary school, Kidjo's parents fought for her to continue attending school. This inspired Kidjo to provide more girls with access to education and employability skills.
Batonga's "Girls' Club" programme, which started last year, helps female youth develop entrepreneurial and life skills through business start-up mentorship, training and a financial literacy curriculum. The Foundation has already recruited over 1,600 girls into these clubs.
The Foundation plans on using the prize money in Benin to support their data-driven recruitment and community mapping activities, as well as train local female mentors and fund the activities of their Girls Clubs. "This award means that Batonga can continue to go beyond the paved road, reach more vulnerable girls, serve more distant villages and create more safe spaces for girls and young women to learn and grow," says Kidjo.
To learn more about The Batonga Foundation, click here.
Runner Up Prize: Dare to Innovate
Since 2012, Dare to Innovate has trained over 4,000 young people through intensive entrepreneurship fellowships and training programmes across West Africa. They have also fostered 78 young African entrepreneurs who have gone on to create over 270 jobs for their peers. Many businesses, including a mobile veterinary clinic and a private school, are social enterprises and give back to their communities.
To learn more about Dare to Innovate, click here
Runner Up Prize: Livingstone Tanzania Trust
UK-based Livingstone Tanzania Trust partners with local organisations to deliver agricultural business training. Throughout Tanzania, it's common for students to not progress to secondary school. By delivering business training programmes to students while they are still in primary school, the Trust ensures that more students are gaining entrepreneurial and leadership skills.
"When we work with our teachers and students to help them develop both agricultural skills and business skills in their schools, we do it to meet local needs and address local problems. So to have our work recognised by Teach a Man to Fish as we scale up is a fantastic endorsement of what we are doing and a great motivation to us and our partner schools!" -  Julian Page, Director of Livingstone Tanzania Trust
To learn more about Livingstone Tanzania Trust, click here.

Future Partner Prize: IDEA4Africa

IDEA4Africa has won the Future Partner Prize and will be working alongside our School Enterprise Challenge team to bring our programmes to more schools in Rwanda. 

Alongside the opportunity to partner with us, IDEA4Africa has won $5,000. IDEA4Africa is planning to use the prize to growing their network of high schools and high school entrepreneurship educators in Rwanda. 
"IDEA4Africa is honoured to be recognized by Teach a Man to Fish with this award. We are both focused on helping young people see firsthand the power of entrepreneurship and I know that working together we can have an even greater impact in Rwanda and wherever we do work. Teach a Man to Fish is a global leader in making a difference in the lives of young people around the world and we look forward to a long and productive partnership." - Dr Dennis Hanno, Founder and President of IDEA4Africa

For more information on the 2017 Pan-African Awards, please see the official press release

About the Awards

The Pan-African Awards reward the very best projects which are using enterprise and entrepreneurship to innovate in the field of education. The awards are generously supported by The Saville Foundation, a charitable foundation based in South Africa. Teach A Man To Fish manage the awards using their expertise in enterprise education and highlight inspirational models and projects through their large network of educational organisations and schools. 

What is Entrepreneurship in Education?

Entrepreneurial approaches to education can mean: 
1. Teaching entrepreneurial and workplace skills to young people AND/OR,
2. Using alternative and innovative methods to fund education.

Do you have what it takes?

  • Is your education or training project based in Africa?
  • Does your organisation actively demonstrate the success of their entrepreneurial approach to education? 
  • Is your education project innovative and inspiring?
  • Does your organisation have a large network of young people? 
  • Can you show that your project has had a positive impact on young people and your community?

If you answered "yes" to these questions your organisation could be in with a chance of winning a Pan African Award for Entrepreneurship in Education.                                

More information

Please see the Application Guide and Sample Form and read the Terms and Conditions before applying. If you have any questions regarding the competition, contact us at competitions@teachamantofish.org.uk

Benefits for winners

  • First prize of $15,000, 2nd and 3rd prizes of $5,000. 
  • NEW: A trip to London for a delegate to receive the award 
  • Enhanced visibility and publicity.
  • Enhanced sponsorship and donation opportunities. 
  • A chance to win our 'partner prize' to work with Teach A Man To Fish and the School Enterprise Challenge.

Application Tips

- Make your passion for education and entrepreneurship shine through.
- Tell us what makes your project special, different and innovative.
- Focus on impact. We want to see that what you are doing really works. 
- Bring your application to life with examples - we want to hear about the great changes you are making in your community!
Learning while playing at ImagiNation Afrika’s children’s museum. 
Country winner from Senegal 2013

2016 Winners

The Pan African Award for Entrepreneurship in Education has allowed FVS-AMADE BURUNDI to go forward with a focus on entrepreneurship. 38 students involved in the 2017 School Enterprise Challenge are getting started to run a pineapple jam business. When the business will be profitable, our students aim is to offer full scholarships to gifted Orphans and Vulnerable Children. 
- FVS-AMADE BURUNDI, 1st Prize Winners 
2nd prize: Friends of Orphans, Uganda
3rd prize: Camara Education, Tanzania
Future Partner Prize: Junior Achievement Africa
Special recognition: Child Care & Rescue

Previous Awards Winners

The award has allowed us to expand awareness about our program and assist our students in unprecedented fashion. Since winning the award, it has helped us to new achievements: 
  • Recognition in international and national newspapers 
  • Secured a major partnership with Novare Equity Partners in South Africa (a private equity firm); they are now a major financial supporter, offer internships for our students as well as university bursaries
  • 1 student (Rodger; the lone student in the attached photo) was accepted on a full scholarship to the United World College in Armenia - he will be starting in September
  • 1 student was accepted to the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg - she was the first student from Mpumalanga Province
  • 3 students were accepted to the Yale Young Global Scholars Program in Singapore
  • 2 students were accepted to the Yale Young Global Scholars Program on Yale's campus in the United States
  • 1 student was accepted to a 5-year medical program to become a doctor in Havana, Cuba
- Imagine Scholar, South Africa - 1st Prize Winner 2014

I sincerely thank Teach A Man To Fish for initiating the award and members of the selection committee for selecting Common Ground for Africa. It is certainly a very proud and humbling experience for me, for my co-workers and team members of Common Ground for Africa. I especially want to thank everyone at Teach A Man To Fish, who always helped and guided us with their knowledge, experience, expertise, and kept us motivated to achieve our goals.              - Common Ground For Africa, Kenya - Runner-up 2013

To be awarded this prestigious prize, where we competed amongst hundreds of international projects has been very beneficial to our organisation is to give staff, donors and beneficiaries great comfort that our project is considered world class and that we have a best practice model which is recognised worldwide.  It has also afforded us the opportunity to network with other international organisations that have the same mission internationally at their annual conference. 
- The Clothing Bank, South Africa – 1st Prize Winner 2012

Winning this prize means a lot to us because we are even more motivated to continue our work. Environmental education is a priority for the conservation of chimpanzees and other wildlife. Attending nature clubs such as Club P.A.N. can foster adolescent consciousness towards nature and the environment. 
- Club P.A.N., Côte d’Ivoire- Country Winner 2013
In addition to the generous financial support, we've received media attention from the prize and more credibility in the field.  Teach a Man to Fish's name is well respected, so receiving an award from them helps give Educate!'s mission and approach greater recognition from partners and foundations in this field. 
Educate!, Uganda – 1st Prize Winner 2009


Our Competition Sponsor






The competition is sponsored by The Saville Foundation - a private foundation committed to enabling significant and relevant social change. To do this, it seeks out and engages with projects or institutions that provide innovative and appropriate alternatives to current challenges in education and community development. 

The foundation also promotes awareness and action on the part of donors, corporate bodies and government to engage and invest with more consciousness, assess each intervention deeply, stay involved to ensure project resilience, and ultimately replicate proven solutions.

Organisations running creative programs in the education and entrepreneurship field can play a vital role in driving positive social change, yet they rarely receive the recognition they deserve. The SAVILLE FOUNDATION Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education represent a small step forward in terms of drawing international attention to their brilliant ideas and achievements.

For more information on The Saville Foundation visit http://www.tsf.bm/

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