Teach A Man To Fish has been working in Africa since 2008. We established a regional office in Uganda in 2014 to lead our on-the-ground support to student and teacher teams in East Africa. We also have offices in Rwanda and South Africa.
Working closely with locally-rooted partner organisations and District Education Offices we tailor our support to local contexts and priorities.
In 2017, over 30,000 young Ugandans participated in researching, planning, setting up and/or running a real business in school with the support of more than 400 teachers through the School Enterprise Challenge.
As part of our growth through partners strategy; field officers from 12 partner NGOs were trained as trainers for schools and in how to provide ongoing support to schools taking part in the School Enterprise Challenge.
Ethan's Recycling Business
Ethan is a a graduate of Mengo Secondary School in Uganda where he served as president of the School Enterprise Challenge club. Ethan grew up in a village where his father ran a textile business which was forced to close.
As a result, Ethan and his three sisters dropped out of school. Ethan was determined to continue studying and he worked hard washing people’s cars and collecting rubbish to pay for his studies. Eventually he received a scholarship.
Ethan says that his life was changed with the introduction of the School Enterprise Challenge. By learning about market research and resource assessment, he was inspired to seek an innovative solution to a social problem. He identified waste management as a key problem and wrote a business plan around recycling paper. At the end of the school year, Ethan launched his recycling business. He is now covering all his expenses and saving US$30 a month.
In South Africa, Teach A Man To Fish is running the School Enterprise Challenge programme and the Entrepreneurial and Environmental Empowerment for South Africa's Youth (EEESAY) project.
The School Enterprise Challenge programme started in 2014 in South Africa. Through face-to-face training workshops and ongoing support via Whatsapp to share learning and best practice, problem solving and innovation in entrepreneurship, the School Enterprise Challenge in South Africa has engaged teachers and students throughout Kwa-Zulu Natal.
EEESAY is partly funded by the European Union and is being implemented in partnership with the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) and Business World Development Trust (BWDT). The project supports young people in schools and out-of-school youth to plan, set up and run educational and environmentally sustainable and profitable enterprises. EEESAY focuses on 6,050 youth in Uthukela and Amajuba districts in KwaZulu Natal (KZN) and Amathola and Chris Hani in Eastern Cape (EC). The project will help these youth to gain the knowledge, skills, experience and attitudes to be employable, study further or to start their own profitable and sustainable enterprises.
Siphindile's Bead Business
Teach A Man To Fish supported a teacher and students at Hope Valley Farm School in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa to plan and set up a beaded bracelet business providing the opportunity to develop essential business skills for later life.
These skills, along with a year’s worth of experience in a real business, means she has a bright future ahead of her.
"I was chosen as a team leader in our school business. I used to struggle with maths, but as a team we helped each other out. Now, accounting is something that I would like to do in the future. My biggest personal achievement has been gaining confidence. I am now able to talk to new people and can communicate clearly."
- Siphindile Nzama, Hope Valley Farm School, South Africa
From 2013 to March 2017 Teach A Man To Fish was a partner in implementing the Rwandan Education Advancement Project (REAP), led by Health Poverty Action. With DfID support, 28 schools in Nyaraguru district in Southern Rwanda were supported to start and run sustainable school businesses. These businesses support girls' education.
Supported by the Alan & Babette Sainsbury Charitable Fund, Teach A Man To Fish piloted the School Enterprise Challenge in Rwanda in 2016. As a result of a successful phase one, we continue to work in Rwanda with additional support from the Lemonaid + ChariTea Foundation and BBC Radio 4 listeners. Training workshops, step-by-step resources and ongoing guidance directly supported over 3,077 young Rwandans and their teachers to take part in the School Enterprise Challenge in 2017 and plan and manage sustainable school businesses.
Stationery is popular in Rwanda
40 students (20 boys and 20 girls) at College Christ du Roi in Rwanda set up their 'You and I envelope' business in 2017 led by the School Enterprise Challenge, Rwanda.
Using recycled paper to make stationery products and bags, the business made a profit of US$124 in the first three months of operation. Students who live near the school will keep the business going during school holidays so that loyal customers don't go elsewhere.
One student, Jean Claude Muhire has already taken his learning home. With his family, Jean Claude set up a business making bags from recycled envelopes. The business is already paying for his school costs and contributing to household expenses.
Nyanza Primary School started their stationery and photocopying business as part of the REAP project. Within 5 months, the school business began to make a profit, making US$984 profit in one year. This additional income is equivalent to the government's annual capitation grant for 246 students. Profits from the school business bought school uniforms and kit for 14 girls and 5 boys.
"I look forward to use the skills I acquire to get a job"
- Josiane, student at Nyanza Primary School
In 2017, working with Fundación Paraguaya and local partners we supported 43 schools in Tanzania and 30 schools in Kenya to set up, run and develop sustainable school businesses directly benefiting more than 5,000 young people.
Our partnerships allowed low-resource schools both in rural and urban settings to participate in the School Enterprise Challenge and learn valuable skills to combat youth unemployment in their countries.
Shammah Children Centre
The Shammah Children Centre is located in Nairobi's Kibera slum - considered the largest slum in Africa and one of the largest in the world. In Kibera, a lack of public schools has led to a large number of informal schools being established.
Shammah Children Centre is one of these schools. It receives no government funding and like many informal schools, it suffers from a high student-to-teacher ratio and lacks good quality education resources.
Determined to generate income for their school and improve the livelihoods of students, a group of teachers and students at the Centre joined the School Enterprise Challenge and set up their own poultry and rabbit rearing businesses, as well as a vegetable garden.
In their first nine months of operation the school business team, known as the Shammah Shakers, earned a $1,200 profit and involved over 100 parents in the businesses creating a community-wide impact!