Helping young people in need is something I hope all my readers would want to do if they had the means. As a former charity worker, I have always loved organisations that provide aid but also help people develop skills and qualities so that they can help themselves moving forwards. I am delighted to share this guest post from Susanna Worth and William May about the charity Teach a Man to Fish.
Young female entrepreneur
The only girl in a family of five children, Divine was sent away from her home in Kigali City to live with her Aunt so she attend a good school in the neighbouring district of Nyanza. While many girls her age were encouraged to put their focus on the household first and education second, Divine signed up to be involved in her school’s envelope making business, a young enterprise club that was being run as part of Teach A Man To Fish’s entrepreneurship programme the School Enterprise Challenge. Now, just six months after leaving school, Divine has set up her own shop in Kigali City and is making a profit for herself: “There is a saying that the base of someone will determine what he or she will become in the future. When someone is still at school, it is a chance to do a lot of things. It is a chance to be involved in a School Business and to learn and create and to discuss ideas with others. I think school businesses are very important.”
Divine runs her own shop in Kigali City. Photo Credit: Teach A Man To Fish
Teach a Man to Fish
Teach A Man To Fish is a small charity based in London that is guided by a simple, all-encompassing mission: to empower young people with the skills they need to succeed in school, work, and life. We focus on developing and emerging countries, and have offices in East Africa, South Africa, and Central America. Since 2006, we’ve created over 250,000 student entrepreneurs and 15,000 enterprising teachers in over 110 countries.
We believe that business and entrepreneurship are effective tools with which to break the cycle of poverty, and we know that our School Business Model can help turn job seekers into job creators. Enterprise education provides students with important skills and techniques that they can use throughout their lives.
Students can even learn how to run their own agricultural business. Photo Credit: Jean Bizimana
There are 64 million unemployed young people around the world (2018 International Labour Organisation). That’s 64 million young people who could be the next generation of entrepreneurs.
School Enterprise Challenge
Our flagship programme, the School Enterprise Challenge, is an instrumental part of our effort. With it, we provide step-by-step instructions and training to students and teachers to teach them entrepreneurial skills and strategies. We then provide further support as our schools work hard to launch and run their own school businesses!
The benefits of this programme are twofold: the students gain valuable knowledge and experience with starting up and running a business, whilst also incurring profits that help support them, their families, and their schools. This dynamic provides the foundation for a self-sustaining system: education that pays for itself.
Through our programmes, we create a unique model of education that is practical, profitable and even fun! We urge young people around the world to consider enterprise as a means of achieving their dreams. Even if one’s prospects may seem few and far-between, a carefully planned, well-managed business can lead to extraordinary opportunities.
How you can get involved
Help us give young people the tools for success. With your support, we can empower the next generation of entrepreneurs and create a continuous, sustainable change in their communities. Learn more and join the movement: https://www.teachamantofish.org.uk/
We work with schools in over 110 countries around the world. Photo Credit: Teach A Man To Fish