What we do

Teach A Man To Fish is guided by a simple, all-encompassing mission: to empower young people with the skills they need to succeed in school, work, and life.

THE PROBLEM

According to the International Labour Organisation, there are 68 million unemployed young people worldwide. In the next 10 years, 1 billion young people will be joining the workforce. Conventional education is not enough to ensure lifelong success for people: they need skills that are valued by employers and that allow them to adapt to an ever-changing world.


OUR APPROACH

Through our programmes, we equip educators in and out of school settings to help young people gain business and life skills through real youth-led businesses. By participating in the planning and running of a business, children and young people develop a range of life skills and experience through practical activities.


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OUR IMPACT

Thanks to our practical entrepreneurship education approach, our programmes:

Support the development of key life skills in young people, such as communication, problem-solving, leadership and teamwork.

Our secondary level participants in Honduras, Nicaragua, Rwanda, South Africa and Uganda improve 45% more than their non-participating peers in the acquisition of life skills.

Help improve academic performance of students in school, with practical experience complementing academic learning.

99% of teachers worldwide saw an improvement in participants' academic performance.

Increase retention rates between primary and secondary education.

In Uganda, 94% of our participants enrolled in secondary school in the districts of Lango, Central 1 and West Nile (compared to 41.4% gross secondary school enrolment rate in these regions).

Foster social responsibility, encouraging young people to consider the impact of their activities on the environment and on the wellbeing of their communities.

In Nicaragua, 61% of school businesses used part of their profits for school improvements (educational materials, infrastructure, equipment).

Lead to sustainable change, thanks to continuing positive outcomes for young people as they become entrepreneurs or find decent employment.

In Rwanda, 50% of former participants are earning nearly three times the national average for youth of their age.


FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR IMPACT

2019 IN NUMBERS

72, 474

young people developed business and life skills through our programmes

5,753

teachers guided students in setting up and running a school business

1,887

school businesses ran by students and teachers in 34 countries.

£710.1K

additional income for school communities raised by school businesses