Alongside the main competition, we run a number of exciting sub-competitions, with awards available for each one. These competitions are a great opportunity to win recognition for your work and to get a global audience for your enterprise! Click on the links below to find out more!
Remember, to get involved in all of these great competitions you must be registered!
Share your experiences throughout the competition for a chance to win prizes!
Each month during the competition, we will be awarding an awesome Teach A Man To Fish goody bag and certificate to the school who produces the best blog. We will also feature the blog on the School Enterprise Challenge Facebook page, so that other students around the world can see your work!
How to enter the School Enterprise Challenge blogging competition
And a big Well Done to all of our winners so far! Have a look at their brilliant blogs by clicking on the links below:
Our AUGUST winner was Delhi Public School in India with their enterprise INDI CROCHET. We think their blog is great because it has lots of information about their textile business. It is also illustrated with some fantastic photographs. Read it here!
The SEPTEMBER winner was the Indeco Community School in Zambia with their enterprise INDECO DIVINE HANDS. Even though they have dificulty accessing the internet, they still manage to write about the fun they have running their school enterprise every month. We like it because it is easy to read, lovely to look at, and sticks to the School Enteerprise Challenge theme. Read it here!
The winners for OCTOBER are Kozma Trichov in Bulgaria. They entered the School Enterprise Challenge last year and have produced an amazing blog detailing the progress of their business which is still going strong! We love their blog because it has a great design and is full of brilliant photos. Best of all, it tells us what they have learnt from taking part in the School Enterprise Challenge. Read it here!
The winners for NOVEMBER are Modern Public School in India! A BIG Congratulations to them. We especially like that this school regularly update their brilliant blog with news about their enterprise 'Creative Connections.' It has lots of great promotional posters for their products and does a fantastic job of detailing their business' progress. Read it here!
Our DECEMBER winner was the Heritage School in India. Their fantastic blog is well designed and easy to navigate. It has some great examples of market research and lots of information about their school business THS Mushrooms. We really love the fun facts and mushroom recipes that they have included too! We think this is a brilliant and original way of promoting their products. Read it here!
This competition has now closed. We asked you to send us your enterprise name and a short description of why you chose it. We were really impressed with the creativity of all the entries we received. Well done to everyone that participated and a special CONGRATULATIONS to the following winners who will each receive a Teach A Man To Fish Goody Bag!
Tarapore School for their name BIS-KIDS
The Uganda Rural Fund for their business name HOPE SOAP
The Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan Senior Secondary School for their name PADMA
We especially liked these names because they are fun and distinctive as well as clearly reflecting the different businesses. Most of all, each of these schools put a lot of effort into explaining the names and their enthusiasm really shone through!
This competition has now closed. We asked you to design a logo for your school business. WELL DONE to everyone that took part, we were very impressed by all of the creativity and hard work that went into all of the designs we received.
An extra CONGRATULATIONS to the WINNERS listed below. We chose these three logos because they are all simple designs which represent the different businesses well. These schools have done a really great job at creating an identity for their enterprises.
The Glendale Academy International School’s original design is instantly recognisable and emphasises the environmental focus of their business. We love their choice of colours!
This logo was submitted by the Lycee de Zamengoe in Cameroon. We love the bright colours and clear business name on this logo! The distinctive shape makes it easy to recognise.
We think this is a lovely logo design from GD Goenka Public School in India. We like that the green colours highlight the environmental side of their business, which uses recycled materials.
Universal School Ghatkopar in India. Have a look here!
Hope Academy Secondary School in Uganda. Have a look here!
KCM Konkola Trust Primary School in Zambia. Have a look here!
Roots School System in Pakistan. Have a look here!
PSGR Krishnammal Nursery and Primary School in India. Have a look here!
Rwemondo Sec. School in Tanzania. Have a look here!
So far, over 900 schools from 76 countries have registered to take part in the School Enterprise Challenge. However, we would love to share this opportunity with even more! By competing as 'Marketing Champions,' your students can help us build an even BIGGER and more MORE DIVERSE community of enterprising schools!
This competition is a great opportunity for your students to get practical experience in Marketing, Sales, PR and Communications. All pupils who successfully encourage other schools to register for the School Enterprise Challenge will receive a certificate of achievement outlining these key employability skills.
How to enter the Marketing Champion Competition
Overall Winner: Congratulations to St Cornelius Ramula Odowa Secondary School in Kenya for being our Marketing Champions!
First competition - now closed. We asked you to send us a photograph showing what 'Enterprise' means to you. We were really impressed with the quality of entries we received. Well done to everyone that participated and special Congratulations to the following winners who will each receive a Teach A Man To Fish goody bag!
Overall winner: Bijal Damani, S N Kansagra School, India.
"Enterprise is an idea which is put into action and illuminates the lives of millions."
School Enterprise team Favourite: Indeco School, Zambia.
Most creative photo: PS Sharma, DAV Public School, India.
"Enterprise is maintaining balance."
Second Competition-now closed. For the second competiton we asked you to send a photograph showing us what your favourite thing about running a school business is. All of the entries were fantastic and we were really impressed with everyone's creativity- you can see all of the photographs on our special album on the School Enterprise Facebook Page. A big WELL DONE to the following winners who will each receive a Teach A Man To Fish goody bag!
Most Creative Photo: Tarapore School,India
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Best Action Shot: Eden Community School, Zambia
"We love getting new equipment and putting it to the test. Learners from grades two and three have been busy assembling feeders and drinkers in anticipation of the arrival of their first batch of chicks for their school-run chicken rearing enterprise!"
Best Photo Caption: Shanghai Pinghe Bilingual School, China
"Doing something to save our Mother Earth is what inspires us in running our business. The world is now ailing. In our simple ways of selling our canvas bags and in drawing environmentally friendly designs of nature, we feel so elated to have part in saving our beautiful earth."
Most Likes: Glendale Academy International, India
"I love nurturing the environment by promising profits."
Most Likes: NH Goel World School, Raipur, India
"Some people thrive on the routine of their job – performing the same tasks day after day. As an entrepreneur, we can bet that each day will be filled with new opportunities to challenge our self be creative and learn something new."
Staff Favourite: The Birches Pre-PrimarySchool, South Africa
"What we like about business Enterprise is the teamwork required. These 6 year olds take turns to sell fresh produce from our Farm Stall. On ‘Opening Day’ a whole class crammed into their business premises for a photo!"
We were so impressed by the creativity and enthusiasm of all the entries and so all participants will receive a Teach A Man To Fish certificate. But extra special ‘CONGRATULATIONS’ to these winning schools:
Mohammad Ali and Faizun Nessa primary school in Bangladesh ran a school enterprise fair for GEW. It was a very popular event with over 250 visitors to the students’ vegetable stalls. It was a real celebration of entrepreneurship and after the event the teachers awarded one of the students ‘best entrepreneur.’
New Horizon International School in Cameroon held a very successful enterprise event with speeches, quizzes and practical demonstrations. We especially liked their GEW report as the school demonstrated what they had learnt from taking part in the competition and included excellent ideas for what they will do better next time. They also had some fantastic photographs from the day!
Bharti Public School in India organised a workshop and seminar as part of their GEW celebrations. They did a great job of publicising the event with a banner design competition. The school newspaper and website also covered the day. Best of all, the students built on their entrepreneurial skills!
Winner of the 2012 'Inspirational Teacher' Award:
Alberto Muñoz Najar
Escuela Concertada Solaris, Peru
Mr Najar teaches entrepreneurship and environment to students of grades 4 and 6 at Escuela Concertada Solaris, and has played a vital role in the success of the school’s rococo chilli jam business. Mr Najar stood out because he has given such a huge amount of time and energy to the School Enterprise Challenge project, regularly working on it after school, at weekends and in holidays.
Mr Najar was determined to get as many people involved in the project as possible, and began by targeting parents. Through visits to their homes he built good relationships with a number of parents, and he was therefore able to enlist them in fundraising activities and encourage them to input ideas into the business.
Once he had achieved this, Mr Najar contacted some of the largest companies in the city, and arranged visits for his students so that they could observe the activities involved in running a business. Furthermore, he made a number of important partnerships with local donors who provided various tools along with some start up investment, and also with a large chain of bakeries in the city who now sell the school’s chilli jam.
Mr Najar not only put a huge amount of effort into the business itself, but also into improving the education of all of the students involved. He funded himself on a trip to Los Angeles to research entrepreneurship teaching, and had meetings with business teachers from a local private school in order to learn new teaching techniques and strategies. In addition, he is currently preparing new materials that will complement the School Enterprise Challenge materials as part of a new business course at the school.
Finally, Mr Najar has gone to great lengths to promote the School Enterprise Challenge and to spread its benefits beyond his own school, securing numerous articles in local press and regularly reporting on the project’s progress over social media. Mr Najar has also been chosen to give a keynote speech on implementing the School Enterprise Challenge to 60 teachers from across Peru.
Mr Najar has worked tirelessly to make the School Enterprise Challenge successful at his school, and to give his students the best opportunities possible from it. We were so impressed with his dedication that we were delighted to award him the 2012 ‘Inspirational Teacher’ Award.
'Inspirational Teacher' Award 2012 Runners Up
Mrs. Meera Aggarwal
Summer Fields School, India
Mrs. Meera Aggarwal is an English teacher at Summer Fields School in New Delhi, who impressed her principal by willingly taking on the School Enterprise Challenge and venturing into teaching a subject of which she had no previous experience. Her support in the development of a herbal garden was key to the success of her students.
The School Enterprise Challenge was assigned to a particularly challenging group of students at Summer Fields, in the hope that channeling their energy to something constructive and practical would give them a sense of achievement that they often struggle to find through academic work. Mrs Aggarwal was a great mentor for the students, always reacting to them in a positive manner and guiding them to think about how they could improve their work.
Mrs Aggarwal also put a great deal of time into the project, working after school hours when needed, and worked hard to learn as much as she could about business along the way. She showed great resilience throughout the project, combating problems such as fierce competitors and poor customer response, and even persuading reluctant parents to allow their children to be involved in the project.
In order to improve the education of her students, Mrs Aggarwal developed an integrated approach, interweaving technical know how with indigenous knowledge of herbal plants, teaching language skills with marketing, and team work with hands on practical learning of concepts of science, accounting, mathematics and management. She went beyond her own knowledge base, referring to books in accounting, marketing and management to learn more about stock keeping, book keeping and running the business efficiently. In addition, Mrs Aggarwal even tapped into knowledge of senior members of the school community to gain insights into traditional practices that could add value to this business.
In order to spread the benefits of the School Enterprise Challenge beyond her own students, Mrs. Aggarwal initiated partnerships with the Delhi Commonwealth Organisation, a nearby school for less privileged students and another Government run school, and shared with them the best practices learned through the Challenge. She has also planned for the students to share part of the proceeds of their Enterprise with a local charity.
Mrs Aggarwal was described by her principal as ‘proactive, energetic, innovative and full of love for the students and their venture’ throughout the whole Challenge.
Mr Jean-Jacques Kangne Tanouo
Lycee De Zamengoe, Cameroon
Mr Kange is a physics, chemistry and technology teacher at Lycee De Zamengoe in Cameroon, and is also the coordinator of the Science and Technology Club at the school.
Mr Kange impressed his fellow teachers with the amount of time and effort he gave to the solar power project run by his School Enterprise Challenge students. Spending his free periods working with students on extracurricular activities, he has become an important agent of change at his school. Mr Kange also invested personal money and resources into the business, purchasing the first supplies with his own money, and lending his tools to the students for them to make their products.
Mr Kange has also worked hard to improve the education at Lycee De Zamengo, using the School Enterprise Challenge project as a practical teaching tool. By using the project in this way, Mr Kange has made the academic skills that the students are learning much more meaningful. He has also ensured that the students have learned a host of practical skills in this way, and encouraged them to take ownership of the project.
After the success of his school’s own project, Mr Kange wanted to share the benefits of the School Enterprise Challenge with other teachers in his region. He went to a seminar attended by a number of other local teachers and used this opportunity to tell others about the School Enterprise Challenge and inspire them with his own school’s success story.
Are you the kind of teacher that inspires the leaders of the future? Are you a trailblazer that teaches in new and exciting ways? Register now for the Commonwealth School Enterprise Challenge and become the kind of teacher that leads students to become the changemakers of the next generation!
2. Write a Business Plan - see some examples here. The deadline for the business plan is August 30th.
3. Launch your Business and start generating income. See how other schools have done it!
5. Submit a Final Report and tell us what you have achieved. The deadline for the final report is December 3rd.
We think it is important to reward teachers who work hard to make the competition a success in their schools. We want to recognise teachers who have used the School Enterprise Challenge to improve education at their school, and who have spread the benefits of the competition beyond their school.
The winner of the Inspirational Teacher Award will receive a USD $2000 prize, and two further teachers will be awarded runners up prizes of USD $1000 each.
On this page you can:
To be eligible to apply you must:
The qualities we look for in our Inspirational Teachers are as follows:
1. A commitment to teaching enterprise
2. Going the extra mile to ensure that their students get the most out of participating in the School Enterprise Challenge
3. A commitment to using enterprise to enhance students' education, including efforts to use enterprise across the curriculum
4. Demonstrable commitment to spreading the benefits of the School Enterprise Challenge beyond their own school
Think you've got what it takes to be named one of our Inspirational Teachers of 2013? Download your nomination form here.