Indian schools win International School Enterprise Challenge 2012

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indian schools win international school enterprise competitionDLF Public School from Ghaziabad, has been declared the Global Winner of the School Enterprise Challenge 2012 conducted by UK Charity- Teach A Man to Fish.

The School Enterprise Challenge is a competition to inspire and reward the next generation of social entrepreneurs, while also helping schools generate additional income. The main motive is to encourage and support education projects that generate sustainable livelihoods for young people across the developing world.

Over 800 schools from over 40 different countries took part in the competition, launching businesses as diverse as organic beekeeping to environmentally friendly arts and crafts.

DLF Public School stood out from the wide variety of schools that entered, with their environmentally and socially sustainable crafts business.They donated 50% of their initial profits to charity.

The $5000 ‘Global Winner Prize’ will be awarded to the school to develop their business, school and community whilst acting as an inspiration to others within and outside the School Enterprise Challenge community.

Indian schools have dominated the competition with a further three Indian schools winning top prizes.

Vidyadhiraja High School from Mumbai has been awarded the $2500 ‘People Prize’ for their community focused business producing and selling Agarbathi Incense Sticks. The students used their business to help the community by giving workshops to parents and donating profits to the special education cell.

Kadvibai Virani Kanya Vidyalay from Rajkot has been awarded $2000 as the Asia Pacific Region Winner. The students discovered from their market research that many students were underweight due to lack of affordable healthy food. The students solved this problem, and generated extra income for their school, by starting a school canteen to sell snacks during recess.

Modern Public School from Delhi has been awarded $1000 for writing the best business plan in the Asia Pacific Region. The students wrote an excellent plan for their ‘Creative Connections’ business that uses re-cycled waste to make crafts.

The Heritage School from Kolkata has been awarded the $2000 ‘Business Development Prize’ for participating in the competition for the second year, and expanding their mushroom cultivation business.

For the 2013 competition, Teach A Man to Fish have partnered with The Royal Commonwealth and Ashoka to present the ‘Commonwealth School Enterprise Challenge 2013’ which launched on the 11th March. To register for this year’s competition please visit www.schoolenterprisechallenge.org 

ABOUT TEACH A MAN TO FISH

Teach A Man To Fish is an international non-profit organization working to improve the relevancy, quality, and availability of education in developing countries. Our pioneering approach uses profit-making school-run businesses to teach entrepreneurship and livelihood skills. This model allows schools to generate additional income, improving their financial sustainability, while at the same time enabling them to offer a more relevant and higher quality education.

For more information :

Website: www.schoolenterprisechallenge.org.uk
Facebook: School Enterprise Challenge
Twitter: @SchEnterprise

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