Grant for entrepreneurship education in Central American schools

  • Grant for entrepreneurship education in Central American schools through the Enterprising Schools Network
  • Two-year grant (£20,849 in 2014 and £18,474 in 2015) subject to satisfactory annual report

Teach A Man To Fish believes that education is the key to tackling global youth unemployment and poverty. The charity works with schools across the world to set up school businesses. These deliver educational and financial benefits – teaching students practical business and workplace skills and generating much-needed extra income for schools.

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Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala are the poorest countries in Latin America outside Haiti. The struggle with poverty is compounded by drug trafficking, gangviolence and migration.  The Enterprising Schools Network supports schools to set up businesses that generate income, teach practical workplace skills and stimulate the spirit of entrepreneurship in students. The network is supporting over 50 schools and has already reached 420 children and young people. Schools across the region have set up school businesses, including a vegetable garden in Honduras, purifying water in Guatemala and an internet café and photocopying service in Nicaragua.

Teach A Man To Fish will be training 150 educators on how to use a school business as a practical learning tool.

Planned outcomes:

  • Improvement in students’ skills and achievement
  • Improved teaching thereby maximising learning outcomes
  • More schools trained and equipped to be sustainable including involving students in income generating businesses
  • Schools sharing and replicating entrepreneurial education best practice as part of a learning network.

“We enjoyed the Schools Enterprise Challenge because it allows the students to come up with the best business idea in a team, to work together on a financial plan, a marketing plan and an operational plan and offers a complete learning experience.”

Lucio, a teacher of Sustainable Tourism at the Ak’ Tenamit school in Guatemala

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