Tools and resources

Getting Started

Starting a school enterprise is a great way for schools to provide students a chance to learn valuable business and practical skills, and generate extra income.

The best way to receive step-by-step materials to help you plan and set up a school business is to take part in our School Enterprise Challenge.

You can also read about alternative business ideas in the two-page School Business Start-Guides or learn how to set up a self-sufficient school in the School in a Box series.

School business start-up guides

The school business start-up series of two-page guides provide alternative ideas for business activities for schools looking to start up their own enterprises to consider. Many of these businesses also serve a double purpose. A school with a brick making business can use some of its production to build new classrooms. Similarly a school selling solar cookers can help parents save money on firewood meaning more savings for school as well as helping the environment, of course!





The School in a Box Series

The SCHOOL IN A BOX Guide Series is designed as a ‘one-stop shop’ for anyone interested in establishing their own financially self-sufficient school.

Each manual offers a step-by-step guide to building your understanding of key concepts and mastering a range of planning and management tools, as well as providing a wealth of case studies and real-life examples to illustrate both best practice and easily avoided pitfalls. The full listing of manuals in the series is as follows:

1. Getting Started: An Introduction to Financially Self-Sufficient Schools

2. How To Evaluate Your Organisation

3. How To Organise Your School

4. How To Generate School Income

5. How To Run A Self-Sufficient School

6. How to Educate Successful Rural Entrepreneurs

7. How to Organize Student Life

8. How to Write A Business Plan for a Self-Sufficient School

9. How to Finance Your Plan

Students working on the coffee estate at La Bastilla Technical Agricultural school in Nicaragua.

External Resources Toolkits

UNESCO Entrepreneurship Training Packages

Developed by curriculum experts from Sub-Saharan Africa these modular training packages consist of practical guides for technical and vocation students at secondary level and non-formal learners.

Non-formal learners:
Facilitator’s guide
Participant’s workbook
Secondary students:
Facilitator’s guide
Participant’s workbook

CIVICUS Toolkits

Based on requests from members, CIVICUS has produced a range of toolkits to enable organisations to improve their capacity in a number of keyareas related to project planning, budgeting and monitoring & evaluation.

Action planning
Budgeting (in two parts)
Developing a Financing Strategy
Financial Controls and Accountability
Monitoring and Evaluation
Planning Overview
Strategic Planning

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