Frequently Asked Questions
Please check the list of Frequently Asked Questions below before contacting us.
2. Who is eligible to take part?
The School Enterprise Challenge is open to all schools from all countries, including: pre-primary schools, primary schools, secondary schools and technical/vocational colleges.
Please note that universities are not eligible to take part.
3. 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 taken part in the School Enterprise Challenge, successfully 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.
You can read more about how to support younger students to take part in the School Enterprise Challenge in the 'Young Learners Guide'.
4. Are there any charges involved?
It is completely FREE for schools to register to take part in the School Enterprise Challenge.
After you register, you will have your own online account where you will be able to access all our educational materials for free.
Of course, setting up a business does involve costs. Don't worry though, the educational materials provided include plenty of ideas on how to finance your school business. You can find out more about this in the ‘Raising the Start-Up Capital Guide’ which contains many inspirational and practical ideas from schools around the world.
5. Can Teach A Man To Fish provide start-up capital and/or physical resources?
Teach A Man To Fish does not provide start-up capital or any physical resources to schools taking part in the School Enterprise Challenge.
So, whichever business your team decides to set up, you'll need to raise the funds yourselves.
Don't worry though, the educational materials provided include plenty of ideas on how to finance your school business. You can find out more about this in the ‘Raising the Start-Up Capital Guide’ which contains many inspirational and practical ideas from schools around the world.
6. What is an Award Level?
The School Enterprise Challenge programme is made up of 3 Award Levels: Bronze - Silver - Gold
All new business teams start on the Bronze Level. Once they have achieved that they can progress to the Silver Level and then once they have achieved that onto the Gold Level.
It usually takes one academic (school) year to achieve each Award Level. However, due to COVID restrictions being experienced by many schools it may take longer. All teams that meet the requirement for their level will receive official Certificate of Achievements (for the school as well as for the students and teachers involved).
You can read about each of the Award Levels in more detail here.
7. Our school wants to set up more than one school business. How can we register multiple business teams?
The first thing you need to do to take part in the School Enterprise Challenge is to register your school here.
Once you have registered your school you can easily register as many business teams as you like by clicking 'Add a new team' on your School Dashboard (note: you can access your School Dashboard by logging in here).
Having multiple teams running different businesses is a great way to motivate more students!
8. How many students should be involved in the school business?
Generally we say that the more students involved in the school business, the better!
However, we do understand that how many students you can involve in your business will depend on the size of your school.
On the Bronze Level, we recommend involving at least 15 students in the business team.
On the Silver Level we recommend involving at least 30 students in the business team.
On the Gold Level we recommend involving at least 45 students in the business team.
Remember, if more students are involved, that means more students are 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!
9. 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. Once we have this information we can advise you on how they can participate!
10. What is my username and password to log on to the School Enterprise Challenge website?
Your username is the email address which you used to register to the School Enterprise Challenge. 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 was chosen by you when you registered (when you created your online account). If you cannot remember your password, you can reset it here.
Please be aware that we launched a new School Enterprise Challenge website on 02/06/2021. Accounts which were created on the old School Enterprise Challenge website are no longer accessible. If you were part-way through participating in the 2020 programme, you can continue to do so by email (you were sent instructions on how to do this by email). If you want to take part in the 2021 programme but don't have an account yet, you can register here.
Please note, if your school is from Uganda, 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.