Tools and resources

Getting Started

Starting a school enterprise is a great way for schools to provide students a chance to learn valuable business and practical skills, and generate extra income.

The best way to receive step-by-step materials to help you plan and set up a school business is to take part in our School Enterprise Challenge.

School business start-up guides

While there are lots of obvious businesses that almost all schools in developing countries could try - like keeping chickens - there are lots of more unusual possibilities too. The school business start-up series of 2 page guides provide schools looking to start up their own enterprises with some alternative ideas for business activities to consider. The great thing about many of these businesses is that they serve a double purpose. A school with a brick making business can use some of its production to build new classrooms. Similarly a school which sells solar cookers can help parents save money on firewood meaning they can pay their fees more easily, or or use their savings to buy school books - as well as helping the environment of course!

Brick-Making-Business-Guide.pdf

Dried-Fruit-Business-Guide.pdf

Fruit-Juice-and-Jam-Business-Guide.pdf

Solar-Cooker-Business-Guide.pdf

External Resources

UNESCO Entrepreneurship Training Packages

Developed by curriculum experts from Sub-Saharan Africa these modular training packages consist of practical guides for technical and vocation students at secondary level and non-formal learners.

Non-formal learners:
Facilitator’s guide
Participant’s workbook
Secondary students:
Facilitator’s guide
Participant’s workbook

CIVICUS Toolkits

Based on requests from members, CIVICUS has produced a range of toolkits to enable organisations to improve their capacity in a number of keyareas related to project planning, budgeting and monitoring & evaluation.

Action planning
Budgeting (in two parts)
Developing a Financing Strategy
Financial Controls and Accountability
Monitoring and Evaluation
Planning Overview
Strategic Planning

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