Update from Enterprising Schools Network

In Guatemala, Teach a Man to Fish have supported 23 schools to prepare and submit a robust business plan. To date, 14 have started a school business.

3 schools from Guatemala have won prizes from the School Enterprise Challenge global competition, competing with other schools in over 100 countries worldwide. The winner for the region Latin America was a school for deaf and blind children in the North of Nicaragua.

There are now 15 active members in the network, 3 of them in Guatemala. Schools participating in the School Enterprise Challenge which demonstrated significant success in setting up and running a school business were invited to join the network at the end of 2015.

Teach a Man to Fish Enterprising Schools Network members are a mix of primary, secondary and technical vocational schools that support and inspire each other. Our mini-conference in November 2015, brought all member schools together at the Dr. Stephen Youngberg Technical Vocational School in Honduras.

Central America

In Central America demand for jobs dramatically exceeds supply and yet in spite of the competition, companies are still struggling to find suitable candidates, “due to a lack of training or experience” (Plan International and La Prensa, Nicaragua).

Teach A Man To Fish is the global leader in supporting schools to set up profit-making businesses. In addition to their classroom activities, students and teachers learn to run one or more on-campus educational businesses which sell goods and services in the local market.

Teach A Man To Fish’s Enterprising Schools Network helps schools across Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala set up school businesses to teach business and transferable skills.

The ‘Enterprising Schools Network, Central America’ a programme that aims to:

  • Reach many new schools through the ‘School Enterprise Challenge’ – a business planning competition that develops awareness and understanding of the benefits of educational school businesses and supports schools to plan and set up their first school business
  • Provide a network of support and learning for schools with at least one business up and running – to accelerate their progress, maximise educational outcomes, and share lessons learned with other schools
School Enterprise Challenge, Guatemala

School Enterprise Challenge, Guatemala

Avonbrook funded the second of a two year programme, focused on Guatemala, which provided signed up schools with:

  • Free educational resources and video tutorials
  • School exchanges to share specific skills including business skills or extra-curricular activities
  • Specialist learning groups on specific types of businesses such as tourism, coffee, processing and other service businesses (thus giving opportunities for collaboration such as cross promotion)
  • Knowledge-sharing one day events, hosted at schools
  • Action-planning support