Learning successful business and entrepreneurship skills at school

WESSA  and Teach A Man To Fish, with funding of EUR600,000 received from EuropeAid, are providing 6,000 learners from forty schools KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape provinces with an opportunity to gain practical business skills by setting up and running an educational and environmentally sustainable enterprise at their school.  Over a period of three years, learners and educators from forty schools will attend training and receive support in topics that will build learners’ knowledge, skills and confidence towards either becoming entrepreneurs or becoming better prepared for future studies. A further fifty out-of-school youth in KwaZulu-Natal will gain entrepreneurial skills by undergoing a training programme with Business World Development Trust (BWDT) based on a Level 2 New Venture Creation qualification on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

The EEESAY project (Entrepreneurial and Environmental Empowerment for South African Youth) is based on the successful School Enterprise Challenge programme run by Teach A Man To Fish, and it is intensely practical in nature. This international awards programme has already led to 25 profitable student-led businesses schools in South Africa; improved exam marks in participating schools in KZN; and enabled learners to start their own profitable businesses out of school.

The project will take place in the Chris Hani and Amathole districts of the Eastern Cape and Utukhela and Amajuba districts of KwaZulu-Natal.  Ten schools from each district have been selected to participate and they will attend various workshops, receive support visits, and an annual market place event where they will share their learning with other schools.  This support will deepen learners’ understanding of and skills for the business world and in how to plan and implement a successful business. On completing the project learners will have the skills and experience to either set up their own business, go on to further education or succeed in the workplace.

The project provides step-by-step experiential learning on how to identify business opportunities, apply sound business planning and then implement robust business plans to generate a profit.  Schools can invest the profits to develop both the school and school business. At the same time it is a great opportunity for teachers to continue their own professional development.




Sue Spies, WESSA Schools Programme Project Manager
Email sue.spies@wessa.co.za or cell 082 663 6692


Susannah Morcowitz, Teach A Man to Fish Programmes and Monitoring and Evaluation Manager
Email susannah@teachamantofish.org.uk or cell 079 859 6870

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