The School Enterprise Challenge is open to all schools, including: pre-primary schools, primary schools, secondary schools and technical/vocational colleges.
Universities are not eligible to take part in the School Enterprise Challenge.
2. My school is a pre-primary/primary school with very young students. Can we still participate?
Yes, younger students are welcome to participate! Many pre-primary schools and primary schools all around the world have successfully taken part in the School Enterprise Challenge, planning and setting up their very own school businesses.
Please note that the younger your students are, the more guidance and support they will need from their teachers.
3. Are there any charges involved?
It is completely FREE for schools to register to take part in the School Enterprise Challenge. After you register online you will be able to access all our educational materials online and participate for free.
4. Can Teach A Man To Fish provide start-up capital and/or physical resources?
Unfortunately, Teach A Man To Fish cannot provide start-up capital for schools. However, the educational materials you will receive include plenty of ideas on how to generate your own start-up capital. We provide a special ‘Raising your Start-up Capital Guide’ with many inspirational and practical ideas from schools around the world.
5. What is an Award Level?
Every school will have the opportunity to earn their Award Level Certificate (Bronze, Silver or Gold) to officially recognise their achievements. To do this, you must complete the three steps in your level and meet the Achievement Criteria.
We highly recommend that you check out the Achievement Criteria (which you can in the Get Support section) early on in your participation so that you are aware of exactly what our judges will be looking out for and have the best possible chance of receiving your Award Level Certificate!
Schools who submit all 3 steps but don’t quite meet the Achievement Criteria will receive a Progress Certificate to recognise their efforts so far. You’ll also be given feedback so that you can come back the following year and hopefully achieve your full Award Level.
6. Our school wants to set up more than one school business. How can we register multiple business teams?
If your school has, or wishes to start, two (or more) businesses, this is possible too! You will need to register one account for each school business team using a different email address each time.
If you have any questions about the registration process please email email@example.com
7. How many students should be involved in the school business?
The more students involved in the school business, the better! Of course, how many students you can involve will depend on the size of your school. At the Bronze Level, we recommend involving at least 15 students in the business team and at the Silver Level we recommend involving at least 30 students. By the time you reach the Gold Level, you should be involving at least 45 students in the school business.
Remember, if more students are involved, it means more young people will be developing essential life skills such as communication, teamwork, leadership and problem-solving! It will also mean that the business has an even bigger, more positive impact on your school and local community!
8. I work with a network of schools and would like them to participate in the School Enterprise Challenge. How can I arrange this?
If you work with a network of schools and would like them to take part in the School Enterprise Challenge please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll need to know which country you are from as well as how many and what kind of schools you work with.
9. What is my username and password to log on to the School Enterprise Challenge website?
Your username is the email address you registered with. If you cannot remember which email address you used to register, please contact us with your full name and school name and we can remind you of your username.
Your password is the one you chose when you registered. If you cannot remember your password please click here.
Please note, if your school is from Uganda, Rwanda or Kenya, you're participating with the support of our dedicated East Africa team. This means you won't be able to log in to the website but will be communicating with them directly by email instead! Click here to find their contact details.
10. When will we receive feedback on our Business Plan and what should we do with the feedback?
Business Plans are reviewed by our judges after each submission deadline. We aim to get your feedback to you within two weeks of the deadline passing.
However, please note that it can sometimes take longer than this. You do not need to wait for feedback on your Business Plan - go ahead and launch your school business!
Once you’ve received your feedback we encourage you to get together as a team and discuss it. You should think about what changes or improvements you could make to your business. Make sure to tell us how you took feedback into consideration in your Annual Report!