Working in Latin America since 2012, we established a regional office in Nicaragua in 2014 to lead our support to student and teacher teams in low-resource schools in Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and Paraguay.
Working closely with locally-rooted organisations and government education offices we engage low-resource schools in our School Enterprise Challenge Latin America programme and provide direct training and step by step support that is tailored to the local context, as well as social media networks to for teacher and student experience exchange. In 2017, we created over 7,000 student entrepreneurs and 545 student-led school businesses in these four countries.
Endorsed by the Ministry of Education (MINED) and working in partnership with the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) Nicaragua and Fundacion Coen, we supported student and teachers in 80 schools to plan and/or run and develop a school business in 2017.
Juanita's path to employment
Juanita joined La Bastilla Technical Agriculture Centre in Nicaragua at the age of 23. She got involved in running the school coffee business supported by Teach A Man To Fish and after graduating, used the knowledge and experience she gained in the business to secure a well-paid position in a coffee processing plant in Costa Rica.
"If I had not joined La Bastilla and the school business team, most likely I would be sitting around at home doing nothing. I would not work, maybe I would be studying but I would be very much behind"
- Juanita from Jinotega, Nicaragua
In Honduras, supported by the Secretaría de Educacion and two local partner organisations, we aim to build our support for low-resource schools to reach student and teacher teams in 100 schools between 2017 and 2019.
"We see young people opening a path for themselves, they are thinking outside the box. We have children, adolescents and teachers who are becoming change agents".
- Alejandra Solenjo, Public-Private Partnerships Coordinator, Secretaria de Educacion, Honduras
In Guatemala, working closely with the Sub-Directorate of the Ministry of Education DIGEEX we are building our support for Nucleo Familiar de Desarollo (NUFED) schools. NUFED schools provide education for young people in marginalised locations throughout Guatemala with community support. We aim to work with teacher and student teams in 50 schools in our School Enterprise Challenge Latin America programme 2017-2019.
"I have learnt so much about record-keeping and how to keep accounts through our school business... The school business helped me a lot."
- Student, Núcleo Familiar Educativo para el Desarrollo (NUFED 355) government school, Guatemala
In Paraguay, we work hand-in-hand with our sister organisation Fundación Paraguaya to bring the School Enterprise Challenge programme to schools across Paraguay. In 2017 we supported 499 schools in planning andor running a school business that is both educational and profitable.
"The School Enterprise Challenge helps our young students to be independent and think like an entrepreneur. Through our peanut snack business they are practising basic skills like maths, they think about planning next steps after they sell and they are also learning about nutrition. The children are so engaged in the school business."
- Rose, Teacher, SOS Hermann Gmeiner Primary School