2019 applications open!
Deadline: Friday August 16th, 2019
The Pan-African Awards recognise African-driven and African based organisations addressing skill gaps, financial insecurity and underemployment through innovative entrepreneurial education programmes.
With an emphasis on sustainability, the awards offer monetary prizes up to $15,000 as an investment in organisations whose inspirational work is transforming the futures of African Youth.
Supported by The Saville Foundation and managed by Teach A Man To Fish, the Pan-African Awards combine the aims and expertise of both organisations.
1st Place: LivelyHoods
Creating livelihoods is about more than just providing access to a stable income. The LivelyHoods model allows youth and women to build their financial capital by earning a stable income, build human capital by learning new sales skills, and to increase their social capital as they communicate and create relationships with members of their community.
Since 2011, LivelyHoods has trained 1,600 women in sales, marketing, professional, and personal development skills, preparing them to be confident, successful sales agents of clean energy products. Women are provided with a free, three-week theory and field training with qualified trainers in local community branches. Successful trainees become sales agents, receiving products through a daily consignment model to sell on commission in their communities.
In 2018, LivelyHoods won 1st place in the Pan-African Awards. Claire Baker, Director of Development, says that "Since winning the award we've actually started working overseas. Having a surprise injection of funds gave us extra funding that meant we could confidently fund our expansion project. Today, we have a truly nationwide presence, with ten branches in eight different countries. We recently held our first training sessions in Uganda and Tanzania, and were able to learn about how other organisations expanded at the Teach A Man To Fish Education That Pays Conference."
Runner Up: Young Africa
Young Africa provides skills training to disadvantaged young people through nine training centres in Southern Africa. Their mission is to empower young people through skills training for employability and entrepreneurship.
Young Africa offers an innovative high impact solution to youth unemployment. It's uniqueness lays in the two innovative concepts: the Franchise Method and the Integral Approach to youth development. Training is given by local entrepreneurs through training on-the-job, leading to self-employability of the graduates and to financial self-reliant training centres.
Currently, 35,000 people have been trained of which more than 80% has secured self-employment.
Runner Up: Moringa School
Moringa School provides young Africans with digital and professional skills training. Courses are focused on coding and other technical skills in high demand in the modern marketplace. Since beginning operations in 2014, Moringa School 600 young Africans have graduated.
"Moringa is unique in that it often hires its graduates- after they've completed the program, they become teachers. For many, this is their first professional experience. Moringa School will build a teacher training program for technical mentors that will foster their own development as educators and leaders, and increase the quality of the education they offer students. This will lead technical mentors to bring more passion and enthusiasm to the classroom, increasing their professional value as they advance their careers, and make Moringa School a more effective organisation."
Future Partner Prize: Garden of Hope Foundation
Garden of Hope Foundation is a faith based organisation in Kibera. Kibera is the largest Urban slum in Africa. Many young people in the slum are often neglected because of poverty, lack of opportunities and lack of resources. The main aim of the organisation is to raise awareness on various issues affecting young people.
They work with high school students and youths who have graduated out of school but are not able to join colleges or universities. This also includes those who have dropped out of school.
They run various programmes which they are involved in: Group and Individual Mentorship, Leadership Training and Entrepreneurship programmes, and Discipleship for the youths who have given their lives to Christ. They currently work with 1,500 youths from vulnerable communities in Kenya and are partnered with over 20 schools in the Kibera Slum.