Deadline: December 12, 2015

Teach a Man to Fish in partnership with The Saville Foundation invites applications for the 2015 Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education. The awards reward organisations that contribute to Africa’s long term growth and development through an entrepreneurial approach to education and training. They believe that entrepreneurship in education will play a vital role in driving positive social change in Africa.

Do you have what it takes?

  • Is your education or training project based in Africa?
  • Is your education project innovative?
  • Could other organisations learn from your project?

If you answered yes to these questions your organisation could be in with a chance of winning a Pan African Award for Entrepreneurship in Education.

The competition is open to all organisations that are based in Africa and working in education. This includes primary, secondary and tertiary education, as well as non-formal and adult education. Aside from financial prizes, the awards offer a platform for organisations to inspire each other and share what works.

Benefits for winners

  • First prize of $10,000, 2nd and 3rd prizes of $5,000 and 55 awards of $1,000 for the best entry from each country in Africa.
  • A sponsored trip to our international conference and peer-learning workshop for the top three award winners
  • Business guidance
  • Media publicity
  • Enhanced sponsorship and donation opportunities
  • Entrepreneurship in Education

Eligibility

  • The competition is open to all organizations with a focus on education located in one of the 55 African countries for which awards are available (see below).
  • Entries can be submitted on behalf on another organization – e.g. by non-African NGOs on behalf of their local partner / office – however prize monies and conference travel bursaries must be claimed by and used for the benefit of, the Africa-based organization itself.
  • All entries must be accompanied by work contact details of a suitable referee who is able to confirm that the contents of the entry are a true and accurate representation of the entrant’s work
  • Referees must be i) independent of your organisation and ii) either a government official, qualified professional, or senior employee of an internationally recognized institution.
  • Qualified professionals for the purpose of this competition include: teachers (employed by a different institution), doctors, lawyers, judges, accountants, bankers, engineers, and police officers.
  • Referees cannot include family members of the entrant.
  • The full list of African countries for which awards are available is as follows:
  • Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo (Democratic Republic of the), Congo-Brazzaville (also known as Republic of the Congo), Côte d’Ivoire (commonly known as Ivory Coast), Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Selection Criteria

The main features of projects that are awarded are:

  • They’re entrepreneurial- they have innovative ways of tackling problems in education, they generate their own income, or they empower future generations of entrepreneurs.
  • They’re sustainable- they are financially, socially and environmentally sustainable in the future and that look beyond donations and subsidies as their primary source of income.
  • They create Impact- they achieve measurable results in terms of educational achievement and economic outcomes for participants and the wider community.

Application Tips

  1. Make your passion for education and entrepreneurship shine through.
  2. Tell them what makes your project special, different and innovative.
  3. Bring your application to life with examples – they want to hear about the great changes you are making in your community!

For more information, visit Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education