Promoting school self-sufficiency

Back, left to right: Virusan Naidoo (Howick Secondary School), Sakhile Msweli (uMlulama Secondary), Siyanda Shange (Mconjwana High), Nqabisa Taliwe (Northbury Park Secondary), Bongeka Sibiya (Sukuma Comprehensive School), Lindani Dlamini (Richmond Combined High School), Zandile Makhaye (Jabula Combined School), Anele Mthembu (Carter High School), Lungisani Makhathini (Mpophomeni High School). Front, left to right: Dashen Patha (Chairperson of KZN In School Youth), Nikki Raw (KZN regional manager for the Saville Foundation), Artwell Hlengwa (KZNFLA Chairperson), Stacey Francis (CEO of Business World), Mary Schalkwyk (Msunduzi Municipality councillor), Themba Mathe (Ithala Communications and Marketing Executive).
Back, left to right: Virusan Naidoo (Howick Secondary School), Sakhile Msweli (uMlulama Secondary), Siyanda Shange (Mconjwana High), Nqabisa Taliwe (Northbury Park Secondary), Bongeka Sibiya (Sukuma Comprehensive School), Lindani Dlamini (Richmond Combined High School), Zandile Makhaye (Jabula Combined School), Anele Mthembu (Carter High School), Lungisani Makhathini (Mpophomeni High School). Front, left to right: Dashen Patha (Chairperson of KZN In School Youth), Nikki Raw (KZN regional manager for the Saville Foundation), Artwell Hlengwa (KZNFLA Chairperson), Stacey Francis (CEO of Business World), Mary Schalkwyk (Msunduzi Municipality councillor), Themba Mathe (Ithala Communications and Marketing Executive).

The KwaZulu-Natal Financial Literacy Foundation, in partnership with the Saville Foundation, the Department of Education, Teach a Man to Fish, KZN Provincial Treasury, Business World, and Ithala Bank, launched the School Enterprise Challenge 2014 at African Enterprise on 6 June.

The purpose of the competition is to promote innovation and self-sufficiency in schools, and to develop entrepreneurial skills among learners. This is to curb youth unemployment and to prevent what is perceived to be a high graduate unemployment rate.

“In Pietermaritzburg alone, we have an unemployment rate of over 30%.There is no gift as great as us leaders helping the youth to gain the financial stability that is so needed in our society,” said Msunduzi city councillor, Mary Schalkwyk.

“You will get all the education you need, but you will also have to think out of the box to get what you need out of society. Work hard – you have all the resources available to you now,” she urged learners.

The model of self-sufficient schools was inspired by former winners of the School Enterprise Challenge in which learners ran a business, using school resources, to fund their schooling and to fund-raise for the school’s needs. Through a project like this, schools could become financially independent. It would allow the school to have the financial muscle to fulfil their own goals and vision for their schools, explained Muzi Kubheka, head of ministry in the office of the MEC for Finance.

“Today is about training our children to be self-sufficient citizens. We are planting the seeds to grow the base of economically active citizens,” said Kubheka.

“We are trying to encourage interactive learning, moving away from the traditional models. To create a successful human being, we need to have people driven by passion. We feel that the School Enterprise Challenge does this and that is the basis of our support,” said Nikki Raw, the KZN regional manager of the Saville Foundation.

“As the Department of Education we are fully committed and behind this initiative to make it  a success,” said Thami Nzama, the acting chief education specialist at FET College.

One of the unique features the South African version of this competition is that if the students produce a viable business plan, the students will receive capital finance from Ithala bank to pursue their business venture.

 

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