Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education

The Pan-African Awards in the future

Since 2007, Teach A Man To Fish has been running the Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education. Since then, the Awards have attracted applications from more than 3,500 organisations and recognised over 200 winning organisations that address skill gaps, financial insecurity and underemployment through innovative entrepreneurial education programmes in Africa. Supported by The Saville Foundation, they offer the winning organisations the chance to network, scale and share their alternative entrepreneurial and sustainable approaches to education.

Gary Shearer, the CEO of The Saville Foundation, states: "We have been delighted to be involved with, and provide financial support form the Annual Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education. During this journey, we have connected with substantial initiatives that genuinely enable individuals through entrepreneurship. Going forward, we will be working with Teach A Man To Fish to deepen this initiative, and as part of that, the competition will now take place every two years."

We are looking forward to the Awards in 2022! In the meantime, have a look at the 2019 winners:

2019 Winners Announced

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. This year, each winner will also win a fully funded place (including flights and accommodation) to visit London to attend our Partners' Summit.

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.

"The Awards are an exciting chance to recognise and reward more organisations harnessing entrepreneurship to inspire and enable young people in Africa” Nik Kafka, Teach A Man To Fish CEO & Founder

"Now in it's 12th year, the Pan-African Awards Competition looks to unearth organisations that provide opportunities for people to learn how to overcome the growing challenges of financial insecurity and underemployment through innovative entrepreneurial education programmes. As a Foundation that looks to enable individuals to be able to support themselves and create their own trajectories in life, PAA meets many elements of this quest."

Gary Shearer, CEO of The Saville Foundation

Meet the 2019 Winners...

First Place: The Social Innovation Academy

The Social Innovation Academy (SINA) tackles failing education and resulting unemployment in Africa through creating self-organised and 'freesponsible' learning spaces, where disadvantaged youth unleash their potential for positive change as social entrepreneurs. A cost-effective and self-governed community approach provides a pathway, tools and the mindset to shape a vision for their future and create new solutions in form of social enterprises which benefit society and the environment.


"The award allows us to invite interested youth from Kenya, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, and other African countries to our existing SINA communities in Uganda for experiencing the SINA model first hand, co-own and run it and possibly work together to replicate the model in self-organization across Africa."

Future Partner Prize: The Turing Trust

The Turing Trust supports education in sub-Saharan Africa by reusing computers and improving teacher training using ICT. They provide skills development in the UK while reducing waste and contributing to an environmentally friendly society. They have reused over 4,200 PCs enabling more than 41,000 students to gain a digital education.


"All of us at The Turing Trust are delighted to be selected as the Future Partner Prize winner of the 2019 Pan-African Awards in Entrepreneurship in Education. It is a fantastic opportunity for us to learn more about and experiment with how we can support schools to use valuable and scarce ICT resources for the maximum benefit of their community. We can't wait to get started!"

Runner Up Prize: West Africa Vocational Education (WAVE)

Like its natural resources of oil and minerals, Africa’s youth are a paradox of (untapped) potential dividends merely existing/constantly being exploited as demographic liabilities. WAVE's vision is to reverse this trend by targeting: Best-in-class quality: A new and efficient way to prepare and provide unemployed youths with stable jobs that leverage their innate strengths in an environment where they have previously been shortchanged. Scalability: A home-grown scalable and replicable model for social impact in the region centred on developing people at a systemic level. Systemic Impact: An Africa where young people can aspire to achieve their potential and in so doing enhance the development of the African continent.


"As we continue to work towards scaling our impact to give more African youth the skills and opportunities they need to become all they can imagine, the Pan-African Awards will support WAVE through our curriculum innovation so we can reach more young people who in turn will have an opportunity to access employment or entrepreneurship? and be able to transform their income."

Runner Up Prize: Kenya Connect

Since 2002, Kenya Connect has been devoted to improving education for 18,000 students at 55 partner schools by breaking down barriers to education and providing innovative teacher professional development and empowerment and enrichment classes for students in primary (K-8) and secondary (Form 1-4). Their vision is to see young people in our community lift out of extreme poverty through providing them with education, skills and programming that encourages critical thinking, creativity, literacy, collaboration, digital literacy and entrepreneurship.


"We are most humbled and honoured to be a runner up for the Pan-African Awards. Kenya Connect's mission is to engage and enrich students and teachers with 21st century skills through the power of education. The Mighty Moringa Tree School Enterprise project connects students with a dynamic project to grow the drought-resistant Moringa Tree and to harvest its leaves and seeds as a high-nutrition food source while learning about environmental stewardship and the use of compost from our composting toilet system. This program incorporates the key-tenets of the Kenyan Competency Based Curriculum while celebrating the tree-planting legacy of Nobel Prizewinner, Wangari Maathai."