Lovelesh Garg from Gurukul School,Ghaziabad, has bagged the first prize in the 2012 ‘Enterprising Student’ awards. Uday Choudhary from The Heritage School,Kolkata, has taken one of the two runners up spots in the same competition, and Mrs Meera Aggarwal from Summer Fields School has won one of the two runners up positions in the 2012 ‘Inspirational Teacher’ awards.
The ‘Enterprising Student’ and ‘Inspirational Teacher’ awards are both part of the ‘School Enterprise Challenge’, a global education competition run by UK based charity Teach a Man to Fish. This competition rewards schools for their sustainability and entrepreneurial skills and attracts hundreds of schools from around the world. Prizes ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 help them develop their business skills and strengthen the school and the community.
The ‘Enterprising Student’ awards recognise and reward the business leaders of tomorrow, whilst the ‘Inspirational Teacher’ awards recognise teachers who have made an extra effort to make the School Enterprise Challenge a success in their school and use it to improve the education of their students. Laptops and Cameras were up for grabs for the students, whilst there was a prize pot of $4,000 for the winning teachers.
Lovelesh won the top prize for the dedication and innovation he showed in making a success of his school’s candle making business. He embodied the sustainable spirit of the competition as the driving force behind his enterprise’s use of natural neem leaves as mosquito repellent, and home grown herbs and spices to add aroma to the candles.
Uday narrowly missed out on the top prize and was awarded the runners up prize. Uday showed great enthusiasm and business acumen in developing his school’s enterprise. Their business, THS Mushroom, successfully generated a cheap, healthy food source in an ecologically friendly way. This enterprise was such a success that it won the 2012 ‘Business Development’ prize as well as $2,000.
Meera won the runners up prize of $1,000 for her dedication in supporting her students to set up a herb garden. She was described by her principal as ‘proactive, energetic, innovative and full of love for the students and their venture’. Meera ventured into teaching a subject in which she had no experience and successfully taught her students marketing, accounting, management, stock keeping, and the technical knowledge of herbal plants.
The 2013 Commonwealth School Enterprise Challenge is now open for registrations. Prizes range from $1,000 for school country winners, to $5,000 for the best schools, with a range of prizes in between. In addition to the schools prizes the best student can win a laptop and the best teacher can win $2,000.
About the Commonwealth School Enterprise Challenge
The Commonwealth School Enterprise Challenge is a unique international business competition for school students, aiming to identify and reward the social entrepreneurs of tomorrow It is a chance for schools and their students to develop a school business that not only generates additional income for the school, but also provides students with valuable business skills. Prizes are available in a range of categories for schools and there are also the best student and teacher awards.
About Teach a Man to Fish
Teach A Man To Fish is an international non-profit organisation that promotes entrepreneurial schools in developing countries. Its 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. At the same time, it enables schools to offer a more relevant and higher quality education that provides students with the capabilities to successfully run their own businesses.