School Enterprise Challenge

Our international business programme for schools.

The School Enterprise Challenge is an educational programme that teaches business and life skills. It supports teachers and students to set up a real business at their school.

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Established in 2011, the School Enterprise Challenge has benefited half a million young people around the world.

What is the School Enterprise Challenge?

The School Enterprise Challenge is an educational programme that is available to any school around the world through our online portal and for low-resource schools in 12 countries through our field offices, teams and partnerships.

Our programme is proven to improve participants’ life skills, as well as improving their academic performance. A recent study showed that young people who’ve participated were 3x more likely to be awarded top grades for maths and 4x more likely for science.

Through our 14-step curriculum, we provide guidance to teams on their school business journey; from coming up with a viable business idea to writing a robust business plan and launching and running a profitable business.

Student entrepreneurs develop essential life and business skills in a practical and innovative way; teachers develop skills for student-centred learning and experiential education; and schools gain extra income for their school or for a social cause of their choice.

Being a part of the School Enterprise Challenge, I have realised that entrepreneurship teaches us that it is important to take risks and at the same time how to handle failure." - Chelsea, School Enterprise Challenge participant from Choithram School, India

Entrepreneurship education across the world

School-Business team from Complex Scolaire Fagg

Fatima was the first to join the School Enterprise Challenge from Complex Scolaire Fagg in the Republic of Guinea. Through the School Enterprise Challenge she learned how to produce cakes and pies as a business. The School-Business team produced 55 birthday cakes, 7000 donuts and 12,000 meat and fish pies, making a sizeable profit for their community.

As the happiest member of the team, Fatima then went on to teach her mother, other family members and even some neighbours. As a result, Fatima’s mother borrowed some money from her savings group which she used to launch her own bakery business. She has repaid her loan and is now enjoying a growing market for her business. Fatima’s family are now able to pay school fees regularly for Fatima, her sister and her brother.

School Enterprise Challenge Enquiries

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Note: Teach A Man To Fish is not a grant-making foundation and is unable to provide funding for individual schools or students.